DRILLED SEASON 1: THE ORIGINS OF CLIMATE DENIAL

In the 1970s and 1980s, oil companies were conducting much of the cutting-edge research on climate change. But in the 1990s their approach, both in research and messaging, changed. This is the story of that shift, and what came next.

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