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A true-crime podcast about climate change. Hosted by award-winning investigative journalist Amy Westervelt and reported by a team of climate journalists, Drilled... more

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Episodes

The Coordinated Attack on Shareholder Activism

The backlash against ESG is continuing, with a string of lawsuits aimed at shutting down shareholder activism. We don't often... more

18 May 2024 · 52 minutes
Climate News Update: The New Carbon Majors + Swiss Elders Win Landmark Climate Case

Lots of news lately on stories we've been following, so in today's episode: an update! The landmark Carbon Majors report... more

16 Apr 2024 · 41 minutes
Sainte-Soline, the Government Effort to Disband a Movement in France, and the Radical Solidarity of the Earth Uprisings

In France, the unthinkable has happened for polluting industries: the working-class Yellow Vest movement, racial equity movements, and progressive climate... more

03 Apr 2024 · 50 minutes
The U.S. Anti-Renewables Movement, Explained

Late last year, Brown University's Climate and Development Lab put out a comprehensive report looking at the opposition to wind... more

20 Mar 2024 · 47 minutes
Nearly 30 Years After the Ogoni 9 Tragedy, Nigerians Are Still Resisting Oil Colonialism

Shell announced in late 2023 that it would be shutting down all of its onshore activities in Nigeria and concentrating... more

05 Mar 2024 · 43 minutes
What Ecuador's Yasuní Referendum Really Means for Oil, in Yasuní and Beyond

Last year, headlines all over the world proclaimed victory for the environment: finally, after more than a decade of promises,... more

20 Feb 2024 · 26 minutes
Introducing: Hazard NYC

Check out the limited-run series Hazard NYC from The City, all about how climate change intersects with Superfund sites in... more

19 Feb 2024 · 2 minutes
Dana R. Fisher on the Past, Present and Future of Climate Protest

In her new book Saving Ourselves, Dana R. Fisher compiles years worth of research on protest in general and climate... more

13 Feb 2024 · 46 minutes
Department of Homeland Security, the Manufactured "EcoTerrorist" Panic, and Cop City

The U.S. government's definition of what constitutes an "ecoterrorist" has long driven backlash against environmental activists and in recent years... more

31 Jan 2024 · 40 minutes
Meet the UN's First Special Rapporteur on Environmental Defenders

In June 2022, Michel Forst became the first UN Special Rapporteur on Environmental Defenders. In that role he has spent... more

23 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
How UK Courts Became the New Climate Protest Battleground

About a decade after UK courts made history with the first "climate necessity" ruling in history, the UK government has... more

16 Jan 2024 · 33 minutes
What Happened At Bayou Bridge? The Other End of the Dakota Access Pipeline

While protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline at the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation garnered international news coverage, at the... more

19 Dec 2023 · 44 minutes
Seven Years Later, an Environmental Impact Statement for the Dakota Access Pipeline

This month, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers closes the comment period on its draft Environmental Impact Statement for the... more

07 Dec 2023 · 37 minutes
Modern-Day Bead Trading: The Fossil Fuel Industry Meets Indigenous Protest with "Redwashing" and Repression in Canada

As we resume our season focused on the global criminalization of climate protest, reporter Martha Troian brings us to Canada,... more

05 Dec 2023 · 42 minutes
Abeer Butmeh: Living on the Front Lines of a War and the Climate Crisis, in Palestine

Abeer Butmeh, coordinator of the Palestinian NGOs Network, one of the most important Palestinian environmental organizations, spoke to senior editor... more

14 Nov 2023 · 35 minutes
Messy Conversations: Magatte Wade, Atlas Network's Center for African Prosperity

We'll be back with the rest of our anti-protest season soon, but in the meantime, welcome to a new Drilled... more

01 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 14 minutes
The Tomato Soup "Controversy"

Globally, climate activism has shifted over the past few years. It’s more constant now and includes more direct action than... more

17 Oct 2023 · 32 minutes
In Brazil, A Tale as Old as Colonization: Why Indigenous Land Defenders Are Particularly Targeted by Extractive Industries

From Ecuador to North Dakota, British Columbia to New Zealand, the backlash against Indigenous-led environmental protest is always particularly harsh,... more

10 Oct 2023 · 29 minutes
Guyana Update: Gas to Energy for Guyana, or Problem to Profit for Exxon?

A new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) looks at the details of Guyana's planned... more

09 Oct 2023 · 28 minutes
Joanna Smith on "Conspiring Against the United States" with Fingerpaint

In April 2023, Joanna Oltman Smith walked into the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. with fellow activist Tim Martin, and... more

03 Oct 2023 · 49 minutes
Loss Is on the Calendar in Nigeria

From our pals over at Inherited, in today’s episode, Mo Isu looks at one of the reasons climate activists all... more

26 Sep 2023 · 33 minutes
How Think Tanks Laid the Groundwork to Criminalize Protest

It’s no coincidence that the backlash against climate protest looks the same from country to country. Not only is industry... more

19 Sep 2023 · 44 minutes
In Vietnam, Tax Evasion Charges Help Lock Up Climate Activists

President Biden made his first trip to Vietnam as President this week, with the intention of "upgrading" diplomatic relations between... more

11 Sep 2023 · 23 minutes
In Australia, A State-By-State Approach to Criminalizing Climate Protest

Since the 2019 passage of the "Dangerous Attachment Devices" bill in response to anti-coal protests in Queensland, Australia's states have... more

05 Sep 2023 · 29 minutes
Disha Ravi on Becoming the Face of "Radical" Protest in India

When she was just 22, Disha Ravi, co-founder of Fridays for Future in India, had police show up at her... more

29 Aug 2023 · 32 minutes
The Corporate Push to Criminalize Speech

There's a lot of discourse happening about free speech in the context of "cancel culture" these days, but precious little... more

29 Aug 2023 · 34 minutes
How the Media Has Helped to Criminalize Climate Protest, with Evlondo Cooper

Media Matters senior researcher Evlondo Cooper put out a fascinating study earlier this month looking at how the media has... more

22 Aug 2023 · 24 minutes
Outside/In: When Protest Is a Crime, Part 1

In the lead-up to our season on the criminalization of protest we're bringing you part 1 of this excellent two-part... more

15 Aug 2023 · 47 minutes
Introducing Our New Season: The Real Free Speech Threat

Around the world, climate and other environmental protestors are being harassed, attacked, and arrested at an alarming rate. Laws are... more

15 Aug 2023 · 3 minutes
Herb, Ep 3: The Next Citizens United Will Be a Climate Case

In more than 30 climate cases making their way through U.S. courts today, oil companies are using an argument they've... more

01 Aug 2023 · 26 minutes
Herb, Ep 2: A Legal Strategy

Worried that all their work creating Mobil's personality and a multi-pronged issue advertising campaign to go with it would go... more

25 Jul 2023 · 30 minutes
Herb, Ep 1: The Panic

In the 1970s, Mobil Oil had invented the advertorial and was aggressively pursuing an entirely new type of marketing, branding... more

18 Jul 2023 · 35 minutes
Industry Backlash to Grassroots Organizing in Louisiana's "Cancer Alley"

ExxonMobil, Chevron and other petrochemical giants are increasingly organizing against grassroots environmental justice activism in Louisiana that are part of... more

20 Jun 2023 · 25 minutes
The Anti-ESG Campaign Gets a Boost from RAGA

Ever since the Securities and Exchange Commission announced its intention to make Environmental Social and Governance metrics actually mean something... more

13 Jun 2023 · 19 minutes
Bingeworthy Interview with Amy Westervelt of Drilled

This week Amy's on the other side of the mic in an interview with Samantha Hodder, who writes the excellent... more

06 Jun 2023 · 54 minutes
Drilled Presents: Living Planet on Disinformation

Living Planet is a podcast and radio program from Germany’s international broadcaster, Deutsche Welle (DW). Hosted by Charli Shield and... more

02 Jun 2023 · 30 minutes
Jake Bittle on the Complexities of Climate Migration

Jake Bittle's book The Great Displacement looks at how extreme weather events are likely to drive Americans to move from... more

30 May 2023 · 35 minutes
Thea Riofrancos on Tackling Transition and Consumption

Electrification offers an opportunity to rethink how we use energy and how we get around. Researcher Thea Riofrancos wants to... more

23 May 2023 · 37 minutes
Drilled presents: The Carbon Copy on the War Over Gas Stoves

We’re sharing an episode from a podcast we love called The Carbon Copy. In January 2023, a new study showing... more

17 May 2023 · 27 minutes
Drilled presents: MongaBay Explores the Congo Basin: The "Heart of the World" Is at a Turning Point

The Congo Basin contains the world’s second-largest rainforest at a staggering 178 million hectares (just under 440 million acres). It... more

12 May 2023 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
S8 Bonus: A Verdict

The day after our season finale last week, we got some incredible news from Guyana: the High Court ruled against... more

09 May 2023 · 30 minutes
S8 Ep8 | The Turning Point

In the last episode of our "Light, Sweet Crude" season we look at what's next for Guyana, and for other... more

02 May 2023 · 38 minutes
S8 Ep7 | The Global Oil Rush

What's happening in Guyana isn't just happening there. All over the globe, oil companies are racing to tap as many... more

25 Apr 2023 · 36 minutes
S8 Ep6 | Old-School Greenwashing

When we first started reporting this story, people unfamiliar with it would suggest talking to local environmental groups. Surely they... more

18 Apr 2023 · 39 minutes
S8 Ep5 | On Global Poverty and Global Warming

The tension between addressing global poverty and acting on the climate crisis is one the fossil fuel industry, and those... more

11 Apr 2023 · 41 minutes
S8 Ep4 | Constitutional Violation

Melinda Janki has filed seven separate cases aimed at blocking oil drilling in Guyana, but only one of them explicitly... more

04 Apr 2023 · 41 minutes
S8 Ep3 | Unlimited Liability

One person in Guyana knows both the inner workings of oil companies and the intricacies of Guyanese environmental law better... more

28 Mar 2023 · 43 minutes
S8 Ep2 | The Contract

After a year’s worth of pressure from local press and civil society groups, the Guyanese government released its contract with... more

21 Mar 2023 · 39 minutes
S8 Ep1 | The Boom

Five years ago, Kiana Wilburg was a new reporter when ExxonMobil executives and Guyanese government officials announced they had found... more

14 Mar 2023 · 31 minutes
Origins of Climate Denial: The New World War

A new peer-reviewed study in the journal Science shows exactly how accurate oil company scientists' climate models were back in... more

09 Mar 2023 · 26 minutes
Origins of Climate Denial: Campaigns So Successful They've Landed in Court

A new peer-reviewed study in the journal Science shows exactly how accurate oil company scientists' climate models were back in... more

06 Mar 2023 · 22 minutes
New Season Coming Soon: Light, Sweet Crude

On paper, the small South American country of Guyana is the fastest-growing economy in the world, thanks to its oil... more

28 Feb 2023 · 2 minutes
Origins of Climate Denial: Setting the Research Agenda

A new peer-reviewed study in the journal Science shows that not only did Exxon scientists suspect climate change driven by... more

27 Feb 2023 · 24 minutes
Origins of Climate Denial: Aggressive Think Tanks, Shouty Pundits, and a New Religious Argument

A new peer-reviewed study in the journal Science shows that not only did Exxon scientists suspect climate change driven by... more

25 Feb 2023 · 24 minutes
Origins of Climate Denial: Exploiting Scientists' Kryptonite—Certainty

A new peer-reviewed study in the journal Science shows that not only did Exxon scientists suspect climate change driven by... more

14 Feb 2023 · 18 minutes
Origins of Climate Denial: Weaponizing False Equivalence

A new peer-reviewed study in the journal Science shows that not only did Exxon scientists suspect climate change driven by... more

07 Feb 2023 · 24 minutes
Origins of Climate Denial: The Turn

A new peer-reviewed study in the journal Science shows that not only did Exxon scientists suspect climate change, driven by... more

01 Feb 2023 · 25 minutes
Exxon Was Right: The Bell Labs of Energy

A new peer-reviewed study in the journal Science shows that not only did Exxon scientists suspect climate change, driven by... more

24 Jan 2023 · 24 minutes
Life in a Ticking Carbon Bomb

In this special sneak preview of our next season, we hear from Melinda Janki, a lawyer who's fighting to keep... more

10 Jan 2023 · 51 minutes
Rep Ro Khanna on the House Oversight Committee's Climate Disinfo Investigation and a Whole New Batch of Documents

The House Oversight Committee wrapped up its investigation into climate disinformation earlier this month and published a second tranche of... more

20 Dec 2022 · 20 minutes
Truck Manufacturers Are Lobbying Against Emissions Reductions In the U.S.

A new report from Influence Map shows that despite all their talk of "clean trucks," truck manufacturers are lobbying heavily... more

13 Dec 2022 · 20 minutes
First Climate RICO Filed + James Hansen Sues EPA

November was a big month for climate litigation! The first-ever climate RICO was filed on behalf of 16 Puerto Rican... more

06 Dec 2022 · 43 minutes
Loss and Damage, Minus the Fossil Fuels As Development Myth

Loss and damage was a big focus of #COP27 and, ultimately, one of the few things global negotiators could agree... more

22 Nov 2022 · 34 minutes
How American Climate Denial Fueled Canada's Tar Sands, with Geoff Dembicki

Investigative journalist Geoff Dembicki's new book The Petroleum Papers looks at the fascinating history of climate denial in Canada, and... more

15 Nov 2022 · 37 minutes
Why Is One of Big Oil's Top Greenwashing PR Firms Handling Media for COP27?

COP27 is underway in Egypt. Everyone agrees that the stakes have never been higher so why is longtime fossil fuel... more

08 Nov 2022 · 33 minutes
COP 27 Will Be a Climate Disinformation Inflection Point: Here's How to Neutralize It

The annual Conference of the Parties —a global meeting of negotiators and heads of state to discuss a path forward... more

26 Oct 2022 · 39 minutes
Universities Are Starting to Say No to Fossil Fuel Funding

Beginning with Standard Oil of New Jersey (now Exxon) in the late 1940s, oil companies have invested heavily in universities,... more

18 Oct 2022 · 54 minutes
Widening the Lens of Accountability, with Naomi Oreskes, Jennifer Jacquet, Dr. David Michaels, Geoffrey Supran, and Jessica Wentz

Taped live at the Harvard Faculty Club, an interview with Naomi Oreskes about her forthcoming book "The Big Myth," focused... more

07 Oct 2022 · 2 hours, 2 minutes
Three Congressional Hearings on Climate Disinfo Bring New Industry Documents to Light

Three Congressional hearings shone a light on climate disinformation this week, with one looking at oil companies' role, another looking... more

20 Sep 2022 · 19 minutes
West Virginia Is Giving Texas a Run for Its Money on Climate Obstruction

From its state treasurer to its attorney general to its Senator, West Virginia is leading the charge on climate obstruction... more

13 Sep 2022 · 17 minutes
SCOTUS Will Continue to Weigh in On Climate: Here's What's Coming Next

West Virginia v EPA isn't the only big climate case before the Supreme Court this year, from questioning the SEC's... more

23 Aug 2022 · 49 minutes
A New Front in Climate Obstructionism: State Treasurers?

Jesse Coleman, senior investigator for Documented, joins to walk us through an eye-opening investigation into the State Financial Officers Federation,... more

16 Aug 2022 · 33 minutes
Here's What the IPCC Report Actually Said About Carbon Dioxide Removal

Everyone else might have moved on but we're still plodding through the latest IPCC report over here. Carbon dioxide removal,... more

12 Jul 2022 · 38 minutes
West Virginia v EPA : Worst-Case Scenario and What Comes Next

The Supreme Court is dragging its feet releasing a ruling in the controversial West Virginia v EPA case. Today we... more

28 Jun 2022 · 46 minutes
The "Culture War" Embraces Climate

Jennie King, lead author of a new report on climate disinformation from the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, joins to discuss... more

21 Jun 2022 · 39 minutes
As a Supreme Court Decision Hanging in the Balance, a Novel Argument: Regulate Greenhouse Gases Under TSCA

As we wait to hear whether the Supreme Court will toss WV v EPA altogether or apply the major questions... more

16 Jun 2022 · 33 minutes
S6 Bonus: Why Is a California Air Board Funding Natural Gas Expansion?

Floodlight's Miranda Green is back with a new story about the push for natural gas in southern California. This time... more

14 Jun 2022 · 23 minutes
False Friends of the Court: Why Every Rightwing Think Tank Has an Amicus Program, with Senator Whitehouse

I have been wondering for months what possible sense it makes for every right-wing think tank to have an amicus... more

07 Jun 2022 · 27 minutes
S6, Part2 | Ep 5: The Disaster Capitalist Response to Russia-Ukraine

In the response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the gas industry is now fully embracing it's new role. Right alongside... more

25 May 2022 · 30 minutes
Bonus: As Australia Heads to the Polls, a Look at Morrison's "Gas-Fired Recovery," Carbon Capture, and Greenwashing

This weekend Australians will vote in the first national election since catastrophic bushfires burned tens of millions of acres and... more

19 May 2022 · 26 minutes
S6, Part 2 | Ep 4: Epic Astroturfing

Even before the gas industry got into the front group business it was using some questionable tactics to stave off... more

17 May 2022 · 21 minutes
S6, Part2 | Ep3: Anatomy of a Front Group

A year after San Luis Obispo took the lead in Southern California on a gas ban, the coastal town... more

03 May 2022 · 22 minutes
S6, Part 2 | Ep 2: The New Climate Villains

For more than a decade, even environmental advocates promoted the idea of fossil gas as part of the solution on... more

26 Apr 2022 · 28 minutes
S6, Part 2 | Ep 1: A Busload of COVID

In April 2020 when San Luis Obispo announced a plan to become the first city in Southern California to ban... more

19 Apr 2022 · 24 minutes
Climate One Collaboration: Breaking Down Climate Misinformation

Fossil fuel companies and others have spent decades casting doubt on climate science to allow them to continue to profit.... more

15 Apr 2022 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Conflicts of Interest, Debunking Demand, Media Manipulation & More | IPCC Report, Part One

The IPCC mitigation report dropped this week and it is a *doozy*. We'll be digging into it throughout the month... more

09 Apr 2022 · 43 minutes
Responsibilities Not Rights: A Tuhoe Perspective

When Tūhoe negotiated legal personhood for their homeland Te Urewera, the global rights of nature community cheered. But in this... more

31 Mar 2022 · 16 minutes
A Landmark Ruling in Ecuador

Last episode we told the story of Ecuador's rights-of-nature journey, today Melissa Troutman and Joshua Pribanic, directors of Invisible Hand... more

17 Mar 2022 · 24 minutes
Los Cedros: The Cloud Forest v. The Mine

Ecuador was the first country to adopt rights of nature into its constitution, but its Constitutional Court (Ecuador’s equivalent... more

11 Mar 2022 · 32 minutes
West Virginia v EPA and What It Means for Climate Policy

A case argued at the Supreme Court this week—West Virginia v EPA—has potentially huge implications for regulating greenhouse gas emissions.... more

03 Mar 2022 · 23 minutes
A Brief History of Rights of Nature in the U.S.

Rights of nature first started making its way into U.S. courtrooms via an unlikely source: Disney. Today it's a huge... more

24 Feb 2022 · 34 minutes
Drilled Presents: Damages

Damages is following the hundreds of climate lawsuits currently happening all over the country. First up, in Season 1, a... more

18 Feb 2022 · 35 minutes
The Right-Wing Web of Climate Delay, with Lisa Graves

Right-wing funders don't just work on climate change, or voter suppression, or attacks on public schools, they tackle all of... more

12 Feb 2022 · 37 minutes
An Update on the Big U.S. Youth Climate Lawsuit

Back in 2015, twenty-one young people sued the United States for its actions to drive and exacerbate climate change. The... more

28 Jan 2022 · 30 minutes
Exxon Takes Its First Amendment Battle to Texas Supreme Court

Guardian journalist Chris McGreary joins to discuss ExxonMobil's attempts in Texas to cast litigation against it as a conspiracy to... more

21 Jan 2022 · 21 minutes
Redefining Environmentalists

For decades, the fossil fuel industry has successfully framed environmentalists as silly, elitist, radical, and out of touch. And for... more

14 Jan 2022 · 17 minutes
Climate Crisis, Meet Democracy Crisis

A conversation with Max Berger, a longtime progressive organizer who helped incubate the Sunrise Movement and has also worked in... more

07 Jan 2022 · 34 minutes
Drilled Presents | Scene on Radio, The Repair | Episode 9: Pachamama

In several countries around the world, including Ecuador, New Zealand, and the U.S., some people are trying to protect the... more

17 Dec 2021 · 46 minutes
The Influence Industry and Climate Obstruction

Groundbreaking new research from Brown University's Dr. Robert Brulle shows just how much oil companies have spent on PR in... more

10 Dec 2021 · 34 minutes
One PR Firm Works on More Climate Obstruction Than Any Other

In a new study, sociologist Robert Brulle examined which PR firms work for the various industries obstructing climate action. Only... more

07 Dec 2021 · 29 minutes
Fracking the Outback: Australia's Plan to Go Big on Fracking & Plastic

As the rest of the world is beginning to realize that fracking comes with more downsides than upsides, Australia is... more

26 Nov 2021 · 30 minutes
Melissa Aronczyk on the History of Greenwashing

Melissa Aronczyk, media studies scholar at Rutgers University, is one of my go-to sources on all things disinformation. In this... more

19 Nov 2021 · 54 minutes
The ABCs of Oil | Katie Worth on the State of Climate Education in the U.S.

Reporter Katie Worth has been researching climate education in the U.S. for years and that research forms the basis of... more

05 Nov 2021 · 21 minutes
The ABCs of Big Oil | So... What Do We Do About This?

Over the last five episodes we've tracked how long the fossil fuel industry has been investing in schools, why, and... more

29 Oct 2021 · 32 minutes
The ABCs of Big Oil | Ben Franta Talks to Us About Big Oil on Campus

Bringing you our entire interview with Stanford researcher Ben Franta on fossil fuel influence at universities because it was just... more

22 Oct 2021 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
The ABCs of Big Oil | Ep 4: We're Going Streaking

We're wrapping up our series with Earther this week, with a look at how fossil fuel companies influence curricula and... more

15 Oct 2021 · 36 minutes
The ABCs of Big Oil | Ep 3: High School

In the third episode of our mini-series with Earther, we head to high school, where the fossil fuel industry's efforts... more

08 Oct 2021 · 30 minutes
S5 Update: Donziger Sentenced to Six Months in Jail

Steven Donziger, the attorney who's been on house arrest for more than two years on a contempt charge that arose... more

03 Oct 2021 · 39 minutes
The ABCs of Big Oil | Ep 2: Elementary School

Since the 1920s, oil companies have been creating music, activities, coloring books, comic books, movies and more to shape how... more

01 Oct 2021 · 26 minutes
Presenting Scene on Radio, Season 5: The Repair

Drilled host Amy Westervelt is co-hosting this season of the documentary podcast Scene on Radio, all about the climate crisis—what... more

01 Oct 2021 · 46 minutes
The ABCs of Big Oil | Ep 1: First Day of School

Fossil fuel companies didn't start infiltrating schools when climate change appeared on the scene, they were there shaping the minds... more

24 Sep 2021 · 40 minutes
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... more

13 Sep 2021 · 3 minutes
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... more

13 Sep 2021 · 28 minutes
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... more

06 Aug 2021 · 20 minutes
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... more

30 Jul 2021 · 24 minutes
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... more

23 Jul 2021 · 29 minutes
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... more

16 Jul 2021 · 27 minutes
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... more

17 Jun 2021 · 3 minutes
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... more

27 May 2021 · 22 minutes
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... more

17 May 2021 · 21 minutes
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... more

11 May 2021 · 20 minutes
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... more

22 Apr 2021 · 12 minutes
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... more

17 Apr 2021 · 32 minutes
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... more

10 Apr 2021 · 40 minutes
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,... more

31 Mar 2021 · 30 minutes
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... more

27 Mar 2021 · 24 minutes
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... more

20 Mar 2021 · 37 minutes
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... more

12 Mar 2021 · 39 minutes
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,... more

10 Mar 2021 · 1 hour, 17 minutes
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... more

05 Mar 2021 · 26 minutes
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... more

19 Dec 2020 · 29 minutes
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... more

11 Dec 2020 · 22 minutes
S5 Ep9 | The Judge

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

04 Dec 2020 · 40 minutes
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... more

20 Nov 2020 · 29 minutes
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... more

13 Nov 2020 · 43 minutes
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... more

06 Nov 2020 · 21 minutes
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... more

06 Nov 2020 · 27 minutes
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... more

30 Oct 2020 · 26 minutes
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... more

23 Oct 2020 · 34 minutes
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... more

18 Oct 2020 · 39 minutes
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... more

16 Oct 2020 · 47 minutes
S5 Ep3 | The Trial

The trial gets underway in Ecuador, an election changes the calculus, and a global PR war kicks into high gear.Support... more

09 Oct 2020 · 25 minutes
S5 Ep2 | The Colonizers

How did this case come about in the first place? We go back to the early days of oil colonialism... more

02 Oct 2020 · 31 minutes
S5 Ep1 | Lockdown

In August 2019, an American lawyer was put on house arrest as he awaited trial on criminal contempt charges. The... more

25 Sep 2020 · 28 minutes
Climate Podcast Bonanza!

In addition to S5 of Drilled (coming soon!), Critical Frequency is putting out a terrific slate of great climate and... more

29 Aug 2020 · 29 minutes
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... more

22 Aug 2020 · 16 minutes
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... more

01 Aug 2020 · 23 minutes
California City

What if you were told buying a piece of land in the Mojave Desert could help you be rich one... more

29 Jul 2020 · 52 minutes
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... more

14 Jul 2020 · 22 minutes
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... more

30 Jun 2020 · 17 minutes
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... more

26 Jun 2020 · 14 minutes
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... more

18 Jun 2020 · 26 minutes
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."... more

14 Jun 2020 · 31 minutes
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... more

07 Jun 2020 · 37 minutes
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... more

29 May 2020 · 25 minutes
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... more

22 May 2020 · 12 minutes
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,... more

19 May 2020 · 43 minutes
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.... more

09 May 2020 · 19 minutes
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... more

29 Apr 2020 · 29 minutes
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,... more

22 Apr 2020 · 30 minutes
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... more

22 Apr 2020 · 23 minutes
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... more

16 Apr 2020 · 20 minutes
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... more

15 Apr 2020 · 13 minutes
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... more

07 Apr 2020 · 24 minutes
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.... more

03 Apr 2020 · 15 minutes
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... more

01 Apr 2020 · 17 minutes
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... more

28 Mar 2020 · 25 minutes
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... more

25 Mar 2020 · 1 hour, 36 minutes
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... more

29 Feb 2020 · 32 minutes
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... more

28 Feb 2020 · 31 minutes
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,... more

27 Feb 2020 · 27 minutes
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... more

25 Feb 2020 · 29 minutes
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... more

18 Feb 2020 · 25 minutes
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... more

11 Feb 2020 · 18 minutes
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... more

04 Feb 2020 · 22 minutes
S3, Ep 3: Psychological Warfare, Astroturfing, and Another Tobacco-Oil Connection

Daniel Edelman learned the tools of his trade combating Nazi propaganda in WWII, then came home and put his psychological... more

28 Jan 2020 · 23 minutes
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... more

21 Jan 2020 · 24 minutes
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... more

21 Jan 2020 · 17 minutes
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... more

05 Dec 2019 · 2 minutes
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... more

28 Nov 2019 · 27 minutes
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Daniel Edelman learned the tools of his trade combating Nazi propaganda in WWII, then came home and put his psychological warfare training... more