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Loss and damage was a big focus of #COP27 and, ultimately, one of the few things global negotiators could agree on. But media coverage of loss and damage has left out a lot of important history, including how flawed the fossil fuel industry's "fossil fuels = development" myth is.
Investigative journalist Geoff Dembicki's new book The Petroleum Papers looks at the fascinating history of climate denial in Canada, and how denial built a bridge between the U.S. and Canadian fossil fuel industries. Buy the book: the U.S. launch: Geoff in Vice News:
Introducing: Burn Wild

Introducing: Burn Wild


At a time when climate protests are increasing, and are increasingly pushing the envelope, BBC Podcasts brings us the story of 1970s "environmental radicals" the Earth Liberation Front, and its two most wanted activists. Reported and hosted by Leah Sottile (of Bundyville) and produced by Georgia Catt (of The Missing Cryptoqueen), it's a gripping tale that asks an important question: how far is too far to go to protect the planet?The series is out in its entirety now, listen here:
COP27 is underway in Egypt. Everyone agrees that the stakes have never been higher so why is longtime fossil fuel industry greenwasher Hill + Knowlton handling media for the conference? Today a look back at the firm's longstanding history crafting science denial and delay strategies for both tobacco and fossil fuel companies.
The annual Conference of the Parties —a global meeting of negotiators and heads of state to discuss a path forward on climate action—is coming up in a little over a week. Historically these meetings gin up all sorts of climate disinformation. Today, a new report walks journalists and other communicators through the many ways they can counter disinfo without amplifying it. Report:
Beginning with Standard Oil of New Jersey (now Exxon) in the late 1940s, oil companies have invested heavily in universities, not just to fund engineering programs and, eventually, climate science, but also to fund the public policy centers and economics programs that shape policy solutions. Fossil Free Research, a new group formed by many of the same students who pushed their campuses to divest from fossil fuels, is demanding that the world's top universities break their addiction to fossil fuel money and in late September they logged their first big win: Princeton University. In this episode we take a look at the roots of fossil fuel funding in universities and the evolution of the movement to root it out.
Taped live at the Harvard Faculty Club, an interview with Naomi Oreskes about her forthcoming book "The Big Myth," focused on the origin story behind free-market ideology, followed by a panel discussion on how to widen climate accountability to include not only oil companies but also the other industries and enablers that have obstructed climate action. Resources:UCS Science Hub for Climate Litigation: Social Science Network: The Big Myth: Jacquet's The Playbook: David Michaels' books:
Introducing Hazard NJ! A new series examining prominent Superfund sites around New Jersey, and ways they're impacted by climate change. In this episode: Ringwood and Ford's toxic legacy. In July 2005, Roger De Groat stepped outside his home in the secluded, forested community of Upper Ringwood to find a hole the size of a swimming pool where his backyard used to be. Roger's home, like the rest in the neighborhood, sits atop an extensive system of abandoned iron mines, and sinkholes like these have opened every so often for decades. But what's in the mines is a different kind of lingering threat. Ford Motor Company turned the mines into a toxic waste dump in the '60s and '70s, with little regard for the people, overwhelmingly Ramapough Lenape Nation tribal members, that were dumped on. Today the community is gripped by cancer and other diseases that residents believe is tied to the chemicals Ford left behind. When the EPA put the Ringwood Mines on the Superfund list, a shoddy cleanup left so much pollution behind that the site had to be relisted. A second try at cleaning up the mess is now underway. As climate change brings increasingly heavy rains to the area, toxic chemicals known to be in the groundwater are threatening to migrate towards a critical water supply reservoir nearby.
Three Congressional hearings shone a light on climate disinformation this week, with one looking at oil companies' role, another looking at the role of PR firms, and a third looking at corporate attempts to limit the free speech of environmental activists.
From its state treasurer to its attorney general to its Senator, West Virginia is leading the charge on climate obstruction and dismantling environmental regulation.
West Virginia v EPA isn't the only big climate case before the Supreme Court this year, from questioning the SEC's disclosure rules to major Clean Water challenges there's a lot more to come. EarthJustice's Sam Sankar and Kirti Datla join to give us a preview of what's coming in the court's Fall session.
Jesse Coleman, senior investigator for Documented, joins to walk us through an eye-opening investigation into the State Financial Officers Federation, an obscure group organizing Republican state treasurers in the fight against "woke capital."
Wondery Presents: Fed Up

Wondery Presents: Fed Up


When Emily Gellis hears rumors of people suffering horrible side effects from a trendy diet she springs into action. Armed with over a hundred thousand Instagram followers, Emily launches a social media crusade to expose F-Factor and its founder, Tanya Zuckerbrot. It’s the start of a feud that will attract trolls, lawyers, and, eventually, national media all because of fiber. From Wondery, this is a story about wealth, wellness, and influence hosted by Casey Wilson. Listen to Fed Up:
Everyone else might have moved on but we're still plodding through the latest IPCC report over here. Carbon dioxide removal, or CDR, came up all over this report, and because the summary is vastly more positive about the potential of this tech than the rest of the report (thanks in no small part to influence from Saudi Arabia and the U.S.), I wanted to bring together a more complete picture of what the report actually says about it. Nikki Reisch and Carroll Muffett from the Center for International Environmental Law join to help.
When a car bomb kills Daphne Caruana Galizia on the beautiful Mediterranean island of Malta, the hunt for her killers exposes secrets with consequences that go far beyond its shores. In the aftermath of her death an international team of journalists comes together to continue her work. Along the way they start to uncover clues that might lead to her killers. From Wondery, comes a new story about power, corruption and one woman’s fight for the truth. Hosted by investigative reporter Stephen Grey. Listen to Who Killed Daphne?
The Supreme Court is dragging its feet releasing a ruling in the controversial West Virginia v EPA case. Today we look at the roots of that case, its position in the rightwing judicial strategy, and what avenues for climate action would remain in the wake of a worst-case scenario ruling
Jennie King, lead author of a new report on climate disinformation from the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, joins to discuss the report's findings, including the way various "culture war"riors have embraced climate denial, and how her team pinpointed 16 superspreaders of climate disinformation.
As we wait to hear whether the Supreme Court will toss WV v EPA altogether or apply the major questions doctrine to broadly rule against the EPA regulating greenhouse gases, period, a group of climate scientists and advocates are filing a petition this morning demanding that the EPA regulate greenhouse gas emissions—not under the Clean Air Act, the legislation in question in West Virginia v EPA, but under a law no one has yet applied to climate change, the Toxic Substances Control Act.
How residential drilling sparked a public health and environmental justice problem in California. Across California, oil wells pepper residential neighborhoods – often directly next to homes, schools, and businesses. These residential wells have been linked to a host of health problems, from asthma to cancer. And these problems disproportionately affect California's communities of color. This week, producer Alexandria Herr goes on a crusade to prove that California is not the green state that everybody thinks it is. We'll explore hidden oil wells, the history of redlining, and the oil boom during World War II, to understand why residential drilling in California looks the way it does today. Guests: Dr. David Gonzalez is a President's Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Berkeley. Dr. Sarah Elkind is the president of the American Society for Environmental History. The Carbon Copy is a co-production of Post Script Media and Canary Media.
I have been wondering for months what possible sense it makes for every right-wing think tank to have an amicus program. I any judge really surprised to learn that the Cato Institute is against regulation? But these are not folks who spend money on things for no reason, and the presence and size of amicus programs at conservative "public interest" law firms and think tanks have been growing exponentially over the years, so I reached out to the only person I've ever seen mention this in public: Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. He had all the answers I was looking for and then some.
Comments (20)

Ryan Riddle

I absolutely love your show Amy. so much depth, right to the point. Climate disaster looms! Wake up everyone.

May 12th

C muir

more tedious hysterical lefties

Feb 19th


This is one of those podcasts that sometimes I really don't want to listen to! But for all the right reasons. It's such an amazingly made podcast but it breaks my heart. There is truly nothing more terrifying than all the work these people did to suppress science and take us all (and the world) down this terrifying road. Thank you so much for this podcast. It's so important and so amazingly made and I'm so glad you're taking the time to teach us all this

Jul 5th

Andrew Kozma

Thank you for this, but it is so infuriating.

Dec 29th

Gordon Faulkner

I think this could get the ultimate accolade of any literature or journalism. I think it is Important. Opened my eyes and made me cry. (not literally). Everyone should listen to this podcast and like, take notes and share it far and wide.

Dec 14th

Jon Hart

This is one of the most enlightening podcasts I have had the pleasure of listening too.

May 11th

Joe Campbell

The smug tone is too annoying to listen to - I couldn't make it through the first edition.

May 6th

Amanda Joy

why is the sound quality so terrible? I wish I could listen but this is unbearable.

Apr 8th

kWide Vidsb

don't have kids. kids have bigger co2 footprint than all your flights in your whole lifetime and beyond combined

Apr 4th


this show is very well done, it lays bare the calculated steps taken by the "titans of industry" along side DC, to manufacture a disinformation campaign in order to deny climate science. (warning: nausea is a possible side effect of listening.)

Mar 2nd


Why only criticize Bernie Sanders?

Sep 5th
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Michael Jiggens

I sent your podcast to a friend of mine and he blocked me. I just sent him this: "Dear _______. You've obviously blocked me on WhatsApp. As this is going to make for (at best) some awkwardness at karate, maybe we should sort this out before tomorrow. I sent you a genuinely fascinating link to a very well researched and totally fact checkable podcast (sent to most of my friends in fact, as it's really quite good) as I thought you would be interested. We had discussed the topic before in a friendly manner and I had promised I would provide you with evidence to back up my assertions. I compiled quite an exhaustive body of evidence, but realised you would be unlikely to wade through it and apply the critical thinking it requires. No insult intended there, I appreciate you're a busy man and the time and effort required to properly assess these studies could be used for doing other things. Personally, I am always ready for friendly debate and I am always prepared to admit I'm wrong if shown a more convincing argument. I like being proved wrong, it helps me evolve as a person. I live by the adage 'show me a man of fifty who still holds the same opinions he did at thirty and I'll show you a man who wasted twenty years of his life'. I find the frankly childish tactic of blocking anyone I don't agree with (I used to do it too, part of why I left social media) to be a toxic and divisive behaviour that does no good to anyone. It suggests a lack of faith in one's convictions leading to an unwillingness to be proved wrong. 'Lalalala I'm not listening' kind of thing... There really is no shame in admitting you're wrong, the real shame is insisting you're right despite strong evidence to the contrary. This applies as much to me as to you. I consider you to be a good friend and therefore I implore you to not throw away a valuable friendship for no reason at all. Your friend, Michael. " No reply yet. He's a middle aged white Conservative. We live in the UK.

Jul 28th
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Such important investigative journalism. I will be subscribing to Drilled! Thank you

Jun 4th

Mike Hansen

So refreshing what a talented young woman!

May 17th


really good content! thanks

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