Climate Science Watch (CSW) was initiated in 2005 after founder and director Rick Piltz went public about the George W. Bush Administration’s political interference in the U.S. Climate Change Science Program’s climate change reports. White House censorship and misuse of climate change communication had undermined the scientific integrity of policymaking and contributed to a failure of preparedness to deal with the impacts of climate disruption. After his resignation from the federal program, Rick teamed up with the Government Accountability Project (GAP) in Washington, DC, the nation’s leading whistleblower protection and advocacy organization, and formed Climate Science Watch as a sponsored project of GAP.
Over the years, CSW’s investigation, analysis, communication, and reform advocacy combined the concerns that led to its creation in 2005: protecting freedom of communication by federal scientists; combating the global warming denial machine; holding government accountable for using climate science with integrity; and the policy mission of climate change preparedness. We have brought stories to light and developed information and ideas that have prompted electronic and print media coverage in the U.S. and internationally. We have testified before the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives and contributed to a successful legal challenge to the George W. Bush Administration in federal court. We have also served as a vehicle for communication by leading scientists, through original posts and interviews.
GAP is honoring the legacy of Rick Piltz by carrying forward what he had envisioned just before his passing in the fall of 2014. As he wished, we are carrying forward with Rick’s established watchdog role in accordance with the expanded vision he set forth to GAP nearly ten years after he blew the whistle. Drawing on Rick’s extensive network and decades of experience, and building off of his successes and increasing impact on these critical issues, the next phase of GAP’s Climate Science Watch program – now renamed: Climate Science & Policy Watch (CSPW) – is to assess the actual implementation of the administration’s stated support for a strong climate policy and critique its contradictory behind-the-scenes actions that support accelerated fossil fuel development. This website is a vehicle for our commentary, documentation, and reform advocacy.
While many of the communications that inform our work are off the record, much of our activity is documented on this website. Some of our most-viewed posts include: