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Amy Westervelt

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A true-crime podcast about climate change, hosted and reported by award-winning investigative journalist Amy Westervelt....

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    Drilled + Earther Present: The ABCs of Big Oil

    In this collaboration with Earther, we look at the fossil fuel industry's influence in school—not just in shaping our understanding of environmental problems, but also in narr...

    S6 Part 1 | Plastic Pipelines | Ep 5: Whack-a-Mole

    In the final episode of part 1 in our Bridge to Nowhere season, we look at the chronic whack-a-mole problem in frontline communities. Just as one facility gets shut down or cl...

    S6 Part 1 | Plastic Pipelines | Ep 4: Keeping Oil Alive

    The team at UnEarthed, an investigative journalism project funded by Greenpeace in the UK, went undercover and got ExxonMobil execs on tape talking through the company's clima...

    S6 Part 1 | Plastic Pipelines | Ep 3: And Then There Was Covid...

    Just as the fossil fuel industry was starting to worry about demand for single use plastics, along comes a global pandemic that they could leverage to push more of the stuff. ...

    S6 Part 1 | Plastic Pipelines | Ep2: Erasing the Imaginary Line

    Diane Wilson couldn't keep Formosa out of her town, but down the coast in Louisiana the community in St. James Parish, led by Sharon Lavigne, is fighting like hell to keep the...

    S6 Part 1 | Plastic Pipelines | Ep 1: Don't Mess with Texas

    This time we're doing something a little different: a season in three parts, all about the gas industry and how it's managed to embed itself into society. First up, Part 1 Pla...

    Welcome to S6: The Bridge to Nowhere

    A new season about the natural gas industry, presented in three parts. Coming soon, Part 1: Pipelines to Plastic about the direct connection between the fracking boom and the ...

    Update: Donziger's Trial in New York

    Steven Donziger went to trial for the criminal contempt charge that's kept him on house arrest for 600 days and counting. Paul Paz Y Mino of Amazon Watch brings us an update o...

    Climate Guilt, Brought to You by Big Oil

    A new study from Harvard science historians Naomi Oreskes and Geoffrey Supran points to the use of language targeted specifically to downplay the reality of climate change and...

    New Study: The Health Impacts of the Coal-to-Gas Transition

    A new study out from Harvard University explores the health impacts of transitioning from coal to other combustible fuels. The findings are important for climate policy, parti...

    Rep Ro Khanna on Fossil Fuel Subsidies

    It's Earth Day 2021 and the first Congressional hearing of the day is focused on fossil fuel subsidies. Their elimination was written into Biden's infrastructure bill, and Hou...

    S5 Update: Latest on Donziger's Case

    Steven Donziger, the American attorney we profiled in S5 is scheduled for trial May 10th, but his lawyers have filed another motion to dismiss, alleging vindictive prosecution...

    Corporate Personhood? What About Ecosystem Personhood

    We talked about rights of nature a bit in the Ecuador-Chevron season, the Latin American country was the first in the world to integrate the concept of rights of nature in its...

    Infrastructure Week! Build Back Better, THRIVE, and More with Kaniela Ing

    The Biden Administration has rolled out its Build Back Better plan and it includes a lot of progressive wishlist items, but the left is still pushing for more scale. The THRIV...

    All Eyes on Weymouth as FERC Signals Interest in Environmental Justice

    Local activists and legislators have been fighting the Enbridge natural gas compressor in Weymouth for years. It's too close to residents and businesses, and poses too many he...

    How the Fossil Fuel Industry Is Undermining Free Speech

    Fossil fuel-backed anti-protest laws have been passed in 14 states and are making their way through statehouses in several more states, including six different bills in Minnes...

    Frackalachia and the Great Fracking Jobs Myth

    When a report makes oil and gas companies—and the politicians they help elect—this mad, you know the author is on to something. Researcher Sean O'Leary, with the Ohio River Va...

    Presenting: Hot Take — Blood for Oil, with Antonia Juhasz

    A special presentation of the podcast Hot Take, featuring investigative journalist Antonia Juhasz on all the many ways oil, war, and climate change intersect.<br />Read more:<...

    The API Was Pushing Climate Denial Way Earlier Than Anyone Thought

    Stanford researcher Ben Franta joins to talk about a bombshell new discovery: the American Petroleum Institute not only knew about climate change back in the 70s, it started p...

    S5 Ep 11 | ¿Ahora Que?

    Donziger is still on house arrest and disbarred, the settlement seems impossible to collect, now what? In this episode we look at what this case says about accountability and ...

    S5 Ep 10 | The Kill Step

    Chevron makes good on its promise to fight the Ecuadorian judgement until hell freezes over ... and then fight it out on the ice. Donziger loses his appeal of the RICO judgeme...

    S5 Ep9 | The Judge

    Corruption charges against both the Ecuadorian judge and the American judge fly as the RICO gets underway.<br /><br />Support our work: patreon.com/Drilled...

    S5 Ep 8 | Damages

    Chevron's legal team shocks the Ecuadorian plaintiffs with a massive racketeering claim in the U.S. alleging fraud, witness tampering, and even bribery.<br />Patreon: <a href=...

    S5 Ep7 | The Linchpin

    Chevron's attorneys go after Joe Berlinger, the filmmaker behind the documentary about the case, Crude. They subpoena his outtakes, kicking off a years-long First Amendment ba...

    Big Oil's Bad Bet on Plastic

    A new report from Carbon Tracker finds that the fossil fuel industry is pinning its hopes on a plastic boom—and try as it might to spur that demand, it's just not materializin...

    Update: Donziger Headed to Trial with No Representation

    New York District Court Judge Loretta Preska has denied repeated requests to delay Donziger's criminal contempt trial until at least one of his lawyers can be present. Barring...

    S5 Ep6 | A Verdict and a New Charge

    The case takes a bizarre turn with a sting operation, U.S. subpoenas, accusations of fraud and bribery, and finally a verdict in Ecuador....

    S5 Ep5 | The Big Guns

    With the Ecuadorian plaintiffs racking up good press and an endorsement from the country's president, Chevron kicks things up a notch, bringing on new lawyers and PR firms to ...

    Special Episode: Generation Green New Deal

    In this episode of Generation Green New Deal, Drilled host Amy Westervelt co-hosts with Sam Eilertsen to look at what happened to block climate action in the 90s and and 2000s...

    S5 Ep4 | The Secret Tribunal

    In September 2009, Chevron filed an international arbitration claim against the government of Ecuador over the Lago Agrio case. In the years since the company has pointed to t...

    S5 Ep3 | The Trial

    The trial gets underway in Ecuador, an election changes the calculus, and a global PR war kicks into high gear.<br />Support our work: patreon.com/drilled...

    S5 Ep2 | The Colonizers

    How did this case come about in the first place? We go back to the early days of oil colonialism in Ecuador, in the 1960s, the partnership between oil men and missionaries, an...

    S5 Ep1 | Lockdown

    In August 2019, an American lawyer was put on house arrest as he awaited trial on criminal contempt charges. The charges stem from a decades-long case that began with pollutio...

    Climate Podcast Bonanza!

    In addition to S5 of Drilled (coming soon!), Critical Frequency is putting out a terrific slate of great climate and environment podcasts this fall. Check out this sampling, t...

    Big Oil Fighting Divestment + Sneak Preview of S5!

    A few weeks ago the Trump administration quietly proposed a rule that would make it harder for financial managers to investment retirement funds in environmentally or socially...

    That Ohio Utility Corruption Scandal, with Leah Stokes

    The FBI arrested Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives, Larry Householder, this month for racketeering, or as the state attorney general put it "bribery, that's what it...

    California City

    What if you were told buying a piece of land in the Mojave Desert could help you be rich one day? That was the dream developers of California City sold to thousands of people....

    A Proposed Fossil Fuel Ad Ban in The Netherlands

    An advocacy group in The Netherlands began campaigning for a ban on fossil fuel ads, including event sponsorships, earlier this year. Campaigner Femke Sleegers joins us to exp...

    Pioneering Fracking Company Chesapeake Energy Goes Bust

    Despite tax breaks, royalty cuts, and other COVID-related incentives, Chesapeake Energy—a pioneer in the American shale gas (fracking) industry—declared bankruptcy this week. ...

    Minnesota and D.C. File Climate Fraud Suits

    Two big new suits, in Minnesota and D.C., were filed within 24 hours of each other and allege the same thing: that fossil fuel companies misled consumers about climate change....

    Big Oil's Multi-Billion-Dollar Blind Spot

    A new report from Carbon Tracker finds that not only have oil and gas companies not been budgeting for plugging and abandoning wells, they've been grossly underestimating the ...

    Yes, It's Still Time to Talk About Climate (from Hot Take)

    Amid nationwide Black Lives Matter protests, some climate activists have been saying "now's not the time to talk about climate." In this episode we bring you an encore present...

    Naomi Klein and How the Shock Doctrine Applies to America Right Now

    Naomi Klein's book The Shock Doctrine focused on what she calls "disaster capitalism," the sort of corporate feeding frenzy that happens in the wake of major crises. It was on...

    What Shell Knew: A Surprising Report from The Netherlands Finds that Shell Was Directly Funding Climate Denial in the 1990s

    Reporters Alexander Beunder and Jilles Mast have been combing through 150+ boxes of documents from the personal archive of one of the Netherlands' top climate skeptics during ...

    No, Climate Action Will Not Be "Just Like Quarantine Only Worse" — Why Letting Go of the Climate Narrative Never Works, a Special Bonus Ep f

    Last week, The New York Times ran a story on the GOP's favorite new climate narrative: If you think quarantine is bad, just wait til the Dems impose climate action on you. In ...

    The Climate Deniers Have Lost Their King, and Still They Soldier On

    In April 2020, Fred Singer, longtime king of the climate deniers, died at the age of 95. In this episode, investigative reporter Dan Zegart, author of the book Civil Warriors,...

    The U.S. Government Has Been Rubber-Stamping New Oil and Gas Projects—This Lawsuit Hopes to Change That

    A lawsuit filed against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) over a small project in Massachusetts could have big implications. It aims to force FERC to comply with...

    Old and Wrong: Leah Stokes on the Many Flaws of Michael Moore's Planet of The Humans

    Political scientist and environmental policy expert Leah Stokes joins us to discuss the many things the new film Planet of the Humans gets wrong about renewable energy, enviro...

    Earth Day in Louisiana: A Petro-state Fights Back

    On the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and the week of the 10-year anniversary of the BP Deepwater oil spill, we head to Louisiana to talk petrochemicals, petroleum, plastic, fo...

    Computer-Aided Destruction: Art, Autodesk, and What Accountability Looks Like for the Tech Industry

    French artist Joanie Lemercier has been a thorn in Autodesk's side for more than a year now, since he first pointed out that the California software company's computer-aided d...

    How Big Oil Is Using the Pandemic to Push More Plastic

    In a new report, the Center for International Environmental Law looks at the way oil, gas and petrochemical companies are leveraging the pandemic to push policy and increase p...

    In Colorado, Seniors Held Hostage by Fracking

    Because of their proximity to oil and gas operations, residents of Broomfield, Colorado were at risk of exposure to flowback-driven air pollution during shelter-in-place order...

    New Research Shows Fossil Fuels Are Not As Essential As The Industry Would Like You to Believe

    Dr. Julia Steinberger, professor of social ecology and ecological economics at the University of Leeds, has published some really interesting research recently debunking some ...

    Amid the Pandemic Free-for-All, Unlit Flares at Texas Shale Refineries Are Dumping "Unimaginable" Amounts of Methane into the Atmosphere

    Field investigator Sharon Wilson has spotted a troubling increase in methane emissions from refineries in the Permian Basin, in Texas. Things went from bad to worse in January...

    Reporter Justin Mikulka on Why ExxonMobil and Chevron Are the Biggest Opponents to a Shale Gas Bailout

    The American Petroleum Institute, ExxonMobil and Chevron have been amongst the biggest opponents to bailouts for shale gas companies as part of the coronavirus relief package....

    There Will Be Fraud: How the Coronavirus Pandemic Turned into Christmas for Big Oil

    The oil and gas industry was headed for broke long before COVID-19. Now the Trump administration wants to use the pandemic to put it on life support, while the American Petrol...

    Special Episode—Hot Take: Seeing Climate Through Coronavirus Glasses with David Wallace-Wells

    Drilled will be back with bonus episodes soon. In the meantime, check out one of our other climate podcasts, Hot Take. In this episode, hosts Mary Annaise Heglar and Amy Weste...

    S3, Ep 9: Jay Rosen and Nicholas Johnson on What the Media Can Do About Disinformation

    This season we've traced the creation of Big Oil's big propaganda machine. In this episode, the season finale, we look at what can be done about it now that it has delivered u...

    S3, Ep 8: Meet the Harrisons

    E. Bruce and Patricia Harrison launched the E. Bruce Harrison Company in 1973 and ran it until 1996, working for a mix of chemical companies, oil & gas companies, and tobacco ...

    S3, Ep 7: John Hill and the Tobacco-Oil-Plastic Triangle

    John Hill, founder of Hill & Knowlton, was an Ivy Lee devotee who worked for Standard Oil in the 1930s, strategized against labor movements and the New Deal, and wound up repr...

    S3, Ep 6: Manipulating the Masses and Predicting the Future—Edward Bernays and W. Howard Chase

    Sigmund Freud's nephew, Edward Bernays, coined the term "public relations" when propaganda started to become a negative term. His specialty was using psychological know-how to...

    We Interrupt This Podcast for New Research + Emily Atkin and Guardian CEO Anna Bateson on Banning Fossil Fuel Ads

    We'll be back with more Mad Men tales next week, we promise! While we're out chasing leads, listen to this great interview from Emily Atkin with The Guardian's interim CEO Ann...

    S3, Ep 5: Oil Slick, Part 2—False Equivalence and Free Speech

    In part two of our episode on former Mobil VP Herb Schmertz, we dig into how Schmertz's approach bred false equivalence, and why he pushed so hard for the extension of First A...

    S3, Ep 4: Oil Slick, Part 1—The Rise of the Corporate Persona

    Mobil Oil's longtime PR guy Herb Schmertz really started to aggressively manipulate the media. He introduced so many new bells and whistles to Big Oil's propaganda apparatus, ...

    S3, Ep 3: Psychological Warfare, Astroturfing, and Another Tobacco-Oil Connection

    Daniel Edelman learned the tools of his trade combatting Nazi propaganda in WWII, then came home and put his psychological warfare training to work for American industry, incl...

    S3, Ep 2: The Oil-Nazi-Propaganda Triangle

    Ivy Lee worked with Standard Oil and the Rockefellers for the rest of his life, helping to establish the American Petroleum Institute in 1919, and working for the company's va...

    S3, Ep 1: The Father of Public Relations

    In this season we're tackling Big Oil's big propaganda machine—its origins, the spin masters who created it, and why it's been so effective. It all began more than 100 years a...

    S3: The Mad Men of Climate Denial

    Big Oil gave Hitler propaganda tips decades ago and their PR machine has only grown from there. This season we dig into the history of fossil fuel propaganda and the few "Mad ...

    Youth Climate Suits and Inter-generational Injustice

    In the Juliana vs. The United States case, a group of young people sued the government for incentivizing increased fossil fuel dependence, thereby robbing the next generation ...

    Recap: ExxonMobil's New York Fraud Trial

    New York's fraud trial against ExxonMobil closed November 7th. Reporter Emily Gertz and Union of Concerned Scientist's Kathy Mulvey watched it closely and bring us their takes...

    Fake Reporters and #FakeNews: How Fossil Fuel Companies Hide Behind Energy Blogs

    A look at how those fossil fuel-backed deception campaigns are continuing today, behind a couple layers of energy industry organizations, alliances, and "news" sites. Document...

    Big Oil Is Ramping Up PR Spend and Oil Production

    Two new reports highlight that, since the Paris Agreement in 2016, the fossil fuel industry has ramped up both oil production and greenwashing. Plus: why the heck are mainstre...

    S2E6: Facing Extinction

    As the crabbers' 2018-2019 season comes to an abrupt close, they prepare for a year that could see the fishery close altogether. Meanwhile the oil industry is pushing to quash...

    S2E5 David vs. Goliath

    As the first industry to sue Big Oil, the West Coast crab fishery is likely to meet an even tougher fight than the states, counties, and cities trying to hold the fossil fuel ...

    S2E4 Taking Big Oil to Court

    As the crabbers' lawsuit against the world's 30 largest fossil fuel producers is filed, we take a look at the evidence, and what exactly sent crabbers—particularly more conser...

    S2E3: Two Lawsuits at Once, Both Driven by Climate Change

    Now facing annual closures due to climate change, crabbers learn some new information that spurs them to become the first industry to sue Big Oil. <br />Support us: <a href="h...

    S2E2: A Late Season and a Shaky Future

    As the 2015 delay wears on, and holiday markets come and go, crabbers are getting desperate. Some are forced out of business, others worry that this is the new normal. <br />S...

    S2E1: A Crisis, a Cover-Up, and a Community on the Front Lines of Climate Change

    In 2015, West Coast crab fishermen were shut down by climate change. Atmospheric changes had warmed waters and upended everything from the food chain to ocean upwelling. They ...

    Coming Soon: Hot Water, a New Drilled Series

    In 2015 a warm water "blob," the result of both warming oceans and shifting wind patterns, wreaked havoc on West Coast fishing towns. Three years into a new reality in which c...

    Big Oil's New Story: The First Amendment Covers Climate Denial

    In a batch of aggressive countersuits, Exxon is accusing the counties, cities, and states of conspiring to quash its First Amendment rights to political speech. It's an idea w...

    Winning the War

    Fossil fuel industry influence campaigns ensured that we lost a critical 30 years not taking action on climate change. But all is not lost. The technology to address climate c...

    Campaigns So Successful They've Landed in Court

    The fossil fuel industry's decades-long information war was so successful that even though oil companies themselves began publicly accepting climate science years ago, the pub...

    The First Step to Influencing Policy: Setting Research Agendas

    If you unravel climate policy back to its origins, eventually you get to academic research. Although oil companies dramatically reduced their own scientific research on climat...

    Aggressive Think Tanks, Shouty Pundits, and a New Religious Argument

    To make media manipulation and lobbying truly effective, oil companies and their public relations firms also had to shift the culture, influencing everything from civil discou...

    Exploiting Scientists' Kryptonite: Certainty

    In addition to using journalists' views on their own objectivity against them, oil companies exploited various weaknesses in science, namely scientists' tendency toward not pr...

    Weaponizing False Equivalence

    As climate disinformation campaigns ramped up in the 1990s, oil companies and their PR firms exploited weaknesses in the U.S. media system and propped up "contrarian" scientis...

    The Turn

    As the price of oil dipped in the early 1980s, management changed at most oil companies and the industry as a whole became more concerned with preserving its core business tha...

    The Bell Labs of Energy

    In the 1970s and early 1980s, Exxon wanted to be the Bell Labs of energy. It hired brilliant scientists who conducted cutting-edge research on everything from the "greenhouse ...

    Drilled: A True Crime Podcast about Climate Change

    Launching November 14th, Drilled is a limited series investigative true-crime podcast about the crime of the century: the creation of climate denial....