Rick Piltz

Rick’s whistleblower disclosure was widely covered in the media: NBC/MSNBC, NPR, BBC, CNN, New Scientist, CBS, USA Today, Le Monde, and NY Times editorial.

In 2006 Rick was awarded the Ridenhour Truth-Telling Prize at the National Press Club by the Nation Institute, the Fertel Foundation, and other sponsoring organizations.

Rick testified before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation at hearings on political interference with federal climate scientists. He submitted a Declaration documenting in detail the Bush Administration’s politically motivated suppression of the National Assessment of Climate Change Impacts, for a successful federal lawsuit challenging the Administration on this issue.

He has been interviewed for television programs in the U.S. and internationally—including CBS 60 Minutes; PBS FRONTLINE (Censorship segment #6 video here); PBS NOW; CBC The Fifth Estate (video here); BBC Panorama (transcript here) and other programs on BBC; ABC Evening News; and for programs in France, Italy, Greece, Denmark, and Japan. He appears on Al Jazeera English TV as a commentator on climate science and policy. He has been interviewed on radio programs in New York, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Berkeley, Boston, Denver, San Antonio, and other cities and on the Al Franken Show on Air America radio (video here) and other syndicated U.S. programs, and in the UK and Australia. He has been quoted and cited in numerous newspaper and magazine articles and online media in the U.S. and abroad, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Associated Press, Greenwire, Climate Wire, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, The American Prospect, Vanity Fair, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Environmental Science & Technology, Sierra, and other publications and online media in the U.S. and abroad. He has spoken at national conferences in Washington, DC, to university classes, and at community events around the country.

His articles have been published in Index on Censorship (The Denial Machine – Index on Censorship), Eurozine (“Why Is There No US Climate Policy?”), Eos (“Toward a Second U.S. National Climate Change Assessment”), Research in Social Problems and Public PolicyGovernment Secrecy (“Secrecy, Complicity, and Resistance: Political Control of Climate Science Communication Under the Bush-Cheney Administration”), and other publications. He was featured in the independent documentary film “Everything’s Cool,” about global warming messengers. “Everything’s Cool” premiered in the juried competition at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007 and was subsequently screened at numerous film festivals and in theaters in New York and Los Angeles. Rick also apeared in the film “Out of Balance: ExxonMobil’s Impact on Climate Change,” which was awarded best environmental feature at the Artivist Film Festival in Hollywood in 2007.

In 2008 he was recognized by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington in their report, Those Who Dared: 30 Officials Who Stood Up for Our Country.