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A true-crime podcast about climate change, hosted and reported by award-winning investigative journalist Amy Westervelt.

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A true-crime podcast about climate change, hosted and reported by award-winning investigative journalist Amy Westervelt.

    That Ohio Utility Corruption Scandal, with Leah Stokes

    That Ohio Utility Corruption Scandal, with Leah Stokes

    The FBI arrested Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives, Larry Householder, this month for racketeering, or as the state attorney general put it "bribery, that's what it was." Private utility First Energy bribed Householder and a handful of other state politicians to pass a corporate bailout that kept coal and nuclear plants open and crushed renewables. UC Santa Barbara political science professor Leah Stokes, author of the book Short Circuiting Policy, joins to tell us all about it.

    Leah's book: https://www.leahstokes.com/book
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    • 22 min
    California City

    California City

    What if you were told buying a piece of land in the Mojave Desert could help you be rich one day? That was the dream developers of California City sold to thousands of people. But the reality is much different. California City – the new podcast from LA-ist Studios – chronicles the dark side of the American Dream, where those thousands of people were left with land that is nearly worthless.
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    • 49 min
    A Proposed Fossil Fuel Ad Ban in The Netherlands

    A Proposed Fossil Fuel Ad Ban in The Netherlands

    An advocacy group in The Netherlands began campaigning for a ban on fossil fuel ads, including event sponsorships, earlier this year. Campaigner Femke Sleegers joins us to explain the roots of the campaign, its goal, and the initial response to it.

    More information: https://verbiedfossielereclame.nl/dutch-citizens-initiative-ban-fossil-fuel-advertising/ 
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    • 21 min
    Pioneering Fracking Company Chesapeake Energy Goes Bust

    Pioneering Fracking Company Chesapeake Energy Goes Bust

    Despite tax breaks, royalty cuts, and other COVID-related incentives, Chesapeake Energy—a pioneer in the American shale gas (fracking) industry—declared bankruptcy this week. It's the first example of what we expect to be many of the government throwing good money after bad in attempts to use COVID relief funds to shore up companies that were failing long before the pandemic hit.

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    • 16 min
    Minnesota and D.C. File Climate Fraud Suits

    Minnesota and D.C. File Climate Fraud Suits

    Two big new suits, in Minnesota and D.C., were filed within 24 hours of each other and allege the same thing: that fossil fuel companies misled consumers about climate change.
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    • 13 min
    Big Oil's Multi-Billion-Dollar Blind Spot

    Big Oil's Multi-Billion-Dollar Blind Spot

    A new report from Carbon Tracker finds that not only have oil and gas companies not been budgeting for plugging and abandoning wells, they've been grossly underestimating the cost of that work, especially for fracking wells. The COVID-19 pandemic has only highlighted the problem. Report co-authors Rob Schuwerk and Greg Rogers join to talk about the size of the problem, the cost, and who will ultimately pay.
    Report: https://carbontracker.org/reports/its-closing-time/
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    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
1.6K Ratings

1.6K Ratings

reecepacheco ,

Stellar, mind-blowing reporting

This is a must listen for anyone interested in climate news, and particularly its history of disinformation campaigns executed by the fossil fuel industry. Start at the beginning and listen all the way through.

Kd838 ,

Everyone should listen to this

This is extremely detailed reporting that truly illustrates how we got to the state we’re in today with America’s response to climate change. If more people understood how oil companies have undermined democracy in America, perhaps we’d see more support for strictly regulating oil and holding corporations accountable...maybe that’s wishful thinking. Anyways, I can’t wait to make my family listen to this on long car rides! THANK YOU for making this podcast!

hhd400 ,

Well-reported and totally bingeworthy

Detailed, startling, and much-needed reporting on the deep roots of both climate science and climate denial. Whether you’re new to climate issues or already know a lot, I guarantee you’ll learn something.

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