Drilled

16 EpisodesProduced by Critical Frequency

Secret documents, psychological warfare, whistleblowers, media manipulation, this is a story that has it all. Join us as we uncover the mechanics of the longest-running and most elaborate propaganda campaign of the century—the creation and spread of climate change denial—and why it's been so effect… read more

16 Episodes | 2018 - 2019

Drilled: A True Crime Podcast about Climate Change

October 21st, 2018

2:27

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

The Bell Labs of Energy

November 14th, 2018

16:16

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 effect" to renewable energy. At the time, …

The Turn

November 15th, 2018

17:57

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 …

Weaponizing False Equivalence

November 16th, 2018

17:39

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" scientists to push the narrative of scientific …

Exploiting Scientists' Kryptonite: Certainty

November 17th, 2018

13:12

In addition to using journalists' views on their own objectivity against them, oil companies exploited various weaknesses in science, namely scientists' tendency toward not prioritizing or valuing good communication …

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

November 17th, 2018

17:28

To make media manipulation and lobbying truly effective, oil companies and their public relations firms also had to shift the culture, influencing …

The First Step to Influencing Policy: Setting Research Agendas

November 17th, 2018

15:08

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

Campaigns So Successful They've Landed in Court

November 17th, 2018

15:49

The fossil fuel industry's decades-long information war was so successful that even though oil companies themselves began publicly accepting climate …

Winning the War

November 18th, 2018

20:05

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 …

An Update, and Climate Denial Makes the Cable News Rounds

December 31st, 2018

15:39

News on what to expect next year from Drilled, plus a look at how and why TV news brought on climate contrarians to "balance" out coverage of the National Climate Assessment that dropped in November 2018. 

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

February 1st, 2019

15:58

A look at how those fossil fuel-backed deception campaigns are continuing today, behind a couple layers of energy industry organizations, alliances, …

Introducing The Double Shift

February 12th, 2019

1:26

U.S. Oil Companies' Radical Inaction on Climate

February 16th, 2019

18:33

A recent report shows that, despite a lot of ads about "green" energy, U.S. oil companies have been expanding oil production at a time when scientists have warned that we need dramatic reductions in emissions and fossil …

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

March 2nd, 2019

24:22

In a batch of aggressive countersuits, Exxon is accusing the counties, cities, and states of conspiring to quash its First Amendment rights to …

Peace of Mind -- The Psychology of Fear and Denial

March 7th, 2019

31:24

We're sharing episode 1 of the podcast Peace of Mind with Bhi Bhiman because it delves into so much of what's behind climate change denial: fear, anxiety, propaganda, tribalism, bias, and more. Featuring Glynn …

Big Oil Is Ramping Up PR Spend and Oil Production

March 23rd, 2019

11:46

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 mainstream media outlets making Big Oil's ads for …

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