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An Update, and Climate Denial Makes the Cable News Rounds


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

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