Across The Margin : The Podcast — Drilled News & The Mad Men of Climate Denial

Across The Margin : The Podcast brings you an interview with Amy Westervelt, the Editor-in-Chief of the Climate accountability website Drilled News, and the host of the Drilled podcast which offers a behind-the-scenes look at the secret history of Climate Change denial…

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In this latest episode of Across The Margin: The Podcast, host Michael Shields sits down for an eye-opening interview with journalist and podcast host Amy Westervelt. Amy is the Editor-in-Chief of Drilled News, a Climate accountability website that investigates various drivers of delay on Climate action. Amy is also the host of the Drilled podcast that is one of the few narrative podcasts about Climate Change. Season 1 of Drilled focused on the Climate research conducted by oil companies examining when and how they shifted from studying the problem to denying it. Season 2 followed a community of crab fishermen as they became the first industry to sue Big Oil. Season 3, which is the main focus of this episode, chronicles the 100-year history of fossil fuel public relations campaigns and ties them to the propaganda we still see today. 

In this episode Michael and Amy dissect the nefarious tactics employed for decades by fossil fuel propagandists, specifics about the spin masters behind these methods, the unique symbiotic relationship between Big Tobacco and fossil fuel companies, and much, much more. You are not going to want to miss this episode, one that exposes plainly how the fossil fuel industry knew for years that they were destroying the planet, yet chose to value profit over human life, and took extreme measures to cover it all up.

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Amy Westervelt is the founder of the Critical Frequency podcast network, named AdWeek’s Podcast Network of the Year in 2019. Amy is also an award-winning print and audio journalist. She has contributed to The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post, as well as KQED, The California Report, Capital Public Radio, and many other outlets. In 2007, she won a Folio for her feature on the potential of algae as a feedstock for biofuel. In 2015 she was awarded a Rachel Carson award for “women greening journalism”, and in 2016 she won an Edward R. Murrow award for her series on the impacts of the Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada. In 2019, her podcast Drilled was awarded the Online News Association’s “Excellence in Audio Storytelling” award. 


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