Today we are launching the next phase of Rick Piltz’s legacy program, which he outlined for GAP President Louis Clark and me before he passed away last fall. As you are likely well aware, in 2005 Rick courageously blew the whistle on the George W. Bush White House for political interference with the integrity of climate change communication. Rick and GAP then created Climate Science Watch (CSW), and under Rick’s leadership, the program became an important opposition voice in a hostile political environment of climate change denial.
Rick was clear about his expanded vision and where the effort needed to go, given the high ground he and his team had so heroically achieved over the years with Climate Science Watch. The next phase of Rick’s program – now aptly renamed: Climate Science & Policy Watch (CSPW) – is to assess the actual implementation of the current administration’s stated support for a comprehensive climate policy and critique its contradictory, behind-the-scenes actions which support accelerated fossil fuel development. Today’s launch, after months of preparation by a team of CSPW contributors composed of experts and colleagues he had mentored and worked with, is the first step in realizing that vision. Continue reading