Rick Piltz, the founder and first director of Climate Science Watch, died on 18 October 2014. As he wished, Climate Science Watch will continue to serve its established watchdog role, relying on the resources of those dedicated to speaking the truth to power about climate change science and policy.
Rick Piltz - Founder and First Director
Rick worked as an educator, writer, and policy analyst and advocate from the 1970’s to 2014, in federal and state government, academia, and nonprofit organizations. During his more than 20 years in Washington, his primary focus was on the collision of climate science with the reality of climate politics and policy.
From 1995-2005 he held senior positions in the Coordination Office of the U.S. Global Change Research Program. In the spring of 2005, Rick resigned from his position to protest the Bush Administration’s political interference with climate change communication. His whistleblower documentation of politically motivated White House editing and censorship of climate science program reports intended for the public and Congress received front-page coverage in the New York Times and was widely reported in the media. Rick testified before both the House of Representatives and the Senate at hearings on political interference with federal climate scientists.
For more on Rick’s media appearances following his disclosure, continued appearances as a commentator, and his publications, please see here.