ANTONIA JUHASZ on the New Age of Big Oil

Antonia's Deep Dive into the Crude World Of Oil

ANTONIA JUHASZ on the New Age of Big Oil /174

Distressed pelican from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, 2010; Photo by Louisiana GOHSEP, CC 2.0


Episode Notes: This interview was pre-recorded on March 26th, 2020.

For thousands of years, humans have coexisted with the naturally occurring phenomenon of oil and natural gas, formed deep beneath the Earth’s surface, buried in sediments, and submerged in ancient oceans. In the last 150 years, however, we have turned fossil fuels into a disposable resource that now threatens our very existence on the planet. This week, we’re joined by journalist Antonia Juhasz to investigate how we got here and the new landscape of big oil in the U.S., now the largest producer of oil and natural gas in the world. With a global market in free fall, a rising climate activism movement, and the uncertainty of elections on the horizon, this episode tackles a set of essential, timely questions: How has the fracking boom radically transformed communities, ecologies, and life in states across the country? Why are oil prices crashing and how does this reflect an industry in debt, teetering on the brink of collapse?

Antonia Juhasz is a leading energy analyst, author, and investigative journalist specializing in oil. An award-winning writer, her articles appear in Rolling Stone, Harper’s Magazine, Newsweek, The Atlantic,, The Nation, Ms. Magazine, The Advocate, Pacific Standard Magazine, and many more. Antonia is the author of three books: Black Tide (2011), The Tyranny of Oil (2008), and The Bush Agenda (2006). Antonia is also a 2019/2020 Ted Scripps Fellow at the Center for Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado Boulder where she is writing a book on the end of the fossil fuel era.

“The solution to this current oil crisis isn’t to double down further on oil or fossil fuels…” 

Antonia Juhasz / Episode 172

Antonia Juhasz

Drawing from Antonia’s extensive breadth of knowledge and experiences in the field, this episode begins with a brief history of our national fossil fuel sector and then moves into other topics, including the rise of residential drilling, the Bakken oil fields North Dakota, the global glut of oil, environmental deregulation under the Trump administration, lessons from the Exxon Valdez and BP Deepwater Horizon spills, the “separation of oil and state,” the industry’s expansion into plastics production, and the $2 trillion stimulus package. Despite the rise of oil production, we are witnessing a toxic industry in the throes of crisis, as we come together in solidarity and demand the end of the fossil fuel era.

♫ Music by Marty O’Reilly and The Old Soul Orchestra



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