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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…

Critical Frequency

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    Exxon Was Right: The Bell Labs of Energy

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 24, 2023 20:54

    Introducing Frozen Head

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 23, 2023 4:12

    Hosted by Ash Kelley and Alaina Urquhart from the hit show Morbid. When 90-year-old Laurence Pilgeram drops dead on the sidewalk outside his condo, you might think that's the end of his story. But, really, it's just the beginning. Because Laurence and others like him have signed up to be frozen and brought back to life in the future. And that belief will pull multiple generations of the Pilgeram family into a cryonics soap opera filled with dead pets, gold coins, grenades, fist fights, mysterious packages, family feuds, Hall of Fame baseball legends, and frozen heads — lots of frozen heads. From Wondery, comes a story about life, death, and what comes next.Follow Frozen Head on Amazon Music or wherever you get your podcasts. Binge early and ad-free by subscribing to Wondery+ in Apple Podcasts or the Wondery App. Listen to Frozen Head: Wondery.fm/FH_D

    Life in a Ticking Carbon Bomb

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2023 48:52

    In this special sneak preview of our next season, we hear from Melinda Janki, a lawyer who's fighting to keep her home country of Guyana from becoming one of the world's largest carbon bombs.

    Rep Ro Khanna on the House Oversight Committee's Climate Disinfo Investigation and a Whole New Batch of Documents

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2022 17:43

    The House Oversight Committee wrapped up its investigation into climate disinformation earlier this month and published a second tranche of revealing internal documents that spell out exactly how the world's largest oil companies have misled the public on their commitments to energy transition. One of the people who spearheaded that investigation, Representative Ro Khanna, joins us to discuss. Read more: https://www.drilledpodcast.com/highlights-from-the-climate-disinfo-document-dump/https://theintercept.com/staff/amy-westervelt/

    Truck Manufacturers Are Lobbying Against Emissions Reductions In the U.S.

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2022 17:27

    A new report from Influence Map shows that despite all their talk of "clean trucks," truck manufacturers are lobbying heavily against emissions reductions at both the state and federal level. Read the report: https://influencemap.org/report/US-Heavy-Duty-Transport-Climate-Change-20434

    First Climate RICO Filed + James Hansen Sues EPA

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2022 40:31

    November was a big month for climate litigation! The first-ever climate RICO was filed on behalf of 16 Puerto Rican municipalities, plus a cohort of scientists and researchers, including NASA scientist James Hansen, sued the EPA to compel them to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Toxic Substances Control Act.

    Loss and Damage, Minus the Fossil Fuels As Development Myth

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2022 31:18

    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.

    How American Climate Denial Fueled Canada's Tar Sands, with Geoff Dembicki

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2022 34:34

    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: https://greystonebooks.com/products/the-petroleum-papersAttend the U.S. launch: https://climatemuseum.org/2022-events/2022/11/15/book-launch-with-geoff-dembickiRead Geoff in Vice News: https://www.vice.com/en/contributor/geoff-dembicki

    Introducing: Burn Wild

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2022 6:10

    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: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/introducing-burn-wild/id1642525879?i=1000577804126

    Why Is One of Big Oil's Top Greenwashing PR Firms Handling Media for COP27?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2022 30:46

    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.

    COP 27 Will Be a Climate Disinformation Inflection Point: Here's How to Neutralize It

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2022 36:48

    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: https://caad.info/report/journalist-field-guide-navigating-climate-misinformation/

    Universities Are Starting to Say No to Fossil Fuel Funding

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2022 51:48

    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.

    Widening the Lens of Accountability, with Naomi Oreskes, Jennifer Jacquet, Dr. David Michaels, Geoffrey Supran, and Jessica Wentz

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2022 119:36

    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: https://www.ucsusa.org/resources/science-hub-climate-litigationClimate Social Science Network: https://cssn.org/Pre-order The Big Myth: https://www.amazon.com/Big-Myth-American-Business-Government/dp/1635573572Jennifer Jacquet's The Playbook: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/534048/the-playbook-by-jennifer-jacquet/Dr. David Michaels' books: https://www.drdavidmichaels.com/books

    Hazard: The Heart of Ringwood

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2022 43:37

    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 on Climate Disinfo Bring New Industry Documents to Light

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2022 16:20

    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.

    West Virginia Is Giving Texas a Run for Its Money on Climate Obstruction

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2022 14:43

    From its state treasurer to its attorney general to its Senator, West Virginia is leading the charge on climate obstruction and dismantling environmental regulation.

    SCOTUS Will Continue to Weigh in On Climate: Here's What's Coming Next

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2022 46:32

    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.

    A New Front in Climate Obstructionism: State Treasurers?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2022 30:51

    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

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 25, 2022 4:47

    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: http://wondery.fm/Drilled_FEDUP

    Here's What the IPCC Report Actually Said About Carbon Dioxide Removal

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2022 35:45

    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.

    Introducing: Who Killed Daphne?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 11, 2022 6:14

    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? wondery.fm/Drilled_DAPHNE

    West Virginia v EPA : Worst-Case Scenario and What Comes Next

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 43:35

    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 judicia