The scientific community is nearly unanimous on the reality of human-triggered climate change. In the United States, however, the issue has become deeply politicized. Whether someone today accepts climate change as a reality has less to do with the person’s understanding of the science than with the person’s political affiliation. Yet climate denial is a relatively new phenomenon. A fascinating eight-episode investigative report by award-winning journalist Amy Westervelt details how the oil industry systematically went about discrediting the validity of climate research and shaping public opinion around fossil fuels and climate change in its favor through an orchestrated disinformation campaign starting in the 1980s. This podcast will infuriate those worried about climate change, might make some skeptics think again – and will fill anyone in the business of influencing minds and manipulating opinions with awe.
About the Podcast
The eight-episode podcast Drilled presents an overview of the fossil fuel industry’s role in spreading climate denial. The show's reporter Amy Westervelt is a California-based freelance journalist, writer, editor and podcaster.