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 intends to honor the legacy of Rick Piltz by carrying forward what he had envisioned just before his passing in the fall of 2014. As he wished, Climate Science Watch will continue to serve its established watchdog role in accordance with the expanded vision Rick set forth to GAP before he passed. 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:

Interview with Stephen Schneider on climate science expert credibility study (July 12, 2010)

New study finds striking level of agreement among climate experts on anthropogenic climate change (June 21, 2010)

Koch Industries multibillionaire Koch brothers bankroll attacks on climate change science and policy (March 18, 2010)

Senator Inhofe inquisition seeking to criminalize climate scientists (February 24, 2010)

Richard Somerville: A Response to Climate Change Denialism (January 22, 2010)

IPCC slips on the ice with statement about Himalayan glaciers (January 19, 2010)

New Hansen analysis and global temperature data counter disinformers who say the planet is cooling (January 16, 2010)

Text of the Copenhagen Accord (December 19, 2009)

Sensenbrenner IPCC witch-hunt: Attempt to blacklist climate scientists must be rejected (December 9, 2009)

Open Letter to Congress from U.S. Scientists on Climate Change and Recently Stolen Emails (December 7, 2009)

Ben Santer: Open letter to the climate science community (December 1, 2009)

Phil Jones and Ben Santer respond to CEI and Pat Michaels attack on temperature data record (October 13, 2009)

Viscount Monckton of Brenchley, global warming denialist du jour on Capitol Hill (March 27, 2009)

Gov. Sarah Palin on polar bears, climate change, and drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (August 29, 2008)

Michael MacCracken’s analysis of errors in Robinson, Robinson, and Soon 2007 contrarian article (July 24, 2008)

Stealth release of major federal study of Gulf Coast climate change transportation impacts (March 13, 2008)

The censored testimony of CDC Director Julie Gerberding (October 24, 2007)

Climate Science Watch report: Federal NextGen aviation planning is ignoring global warming (July 18, 2007)

MacCracken on Lindzen’s misleading Newsweek Op-Ed (May 12, 2007)

The IPCC scientists “Final Draft” on climate change impacts before government editing negotiations (April 7, 2007)

MacCracken refutes global warming denier David Legates (June 11, 2006)

Toward a Second U.S. National Climate Change Assessment (January 4, 2006)