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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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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 · 25 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
Messy Conversations: Rhiana Gunn-Wright on What the Climate Movement Loses When It Excludes Environmental Justice

Rhiana Gunn-Wright was one of the architects of the Green New Deal, and today works as the climate policy director... more

06 Feb 2024 · 1 hour, 2 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
Weaponizing Uncertainty, with Vox's Unexplainable

With everyone arguing—again—about what science tells us the COP28 negotiations should be aiming for if we want to avoid the... more

06 Dec 2023 · 25 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
Messy Conversations: Akshat Rathi on Climate Capitalism

Bloomberg's Akshat Rathi joins us to make the case that capitalism can be harnessed in service of addressing the climate... more

22 Nov 2023 · 39 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
CBC Podcast Playlist: Straight to the Source

We're bringing you an episode of the CBC's Podcast Playlist today, featuring Drilled! In this episode, host Leah-Simone Brown talks... more

07 Nov 2023 · 55 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
Drilled Recommends: Outrage + Optimism — ‘How to talk about climate change so people will listen’ with John Marshall

Welcome to Outrage + Optimism, where they examine issues at the forefront of the climate crisis, interview change-makers, and transform... more

13 Oct 2023 · 59 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
The Same Australian Think Tanks That Have Pushed Against Climate Policy for Years Say No to Indigenous Rights

Australia's Voice referendum once enjoyed bi-partisan support of more than 60%. But since an aggressive No campaign began in April... 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
Meet the Shadowy Global Network Vilifying Climate Protestors

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
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
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
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
The Climate Impacts of Deep-Sea Mining

Some mining companies claim that we can't "electrify everything" without deep-sea mining—a claim that has been debunked by various scientists.... more

08 Aug 2023 · 24 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
Drilled Presents, Inherited S3: Youth Climate Stories From Around the World

In the Season 3 premiere of Inherited, host Shaylyn Martos introduces us to storyteller Camara Aaron, who shares a personal... more

20 Jul 2023 · 33 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
S6, Part 2 | Ep 1: A Busload of COVID

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