RIP: Rick Piltz

October 19, 2014

I met Rick Piltz in DC several years ago. He had been doing yeoman’s work on climate issues for a long time already, including blowing the whistle on underhanded attempts to quash scientific inquiry.
I was saddened to hear last night that he had passed away.

D. R. Tucker in the Washington Monthly:

Rick Piltz, the man who blew the whistle on the George W. Bush administration’s vicious assault on climate science, has passed away.

From Climate Science Watch:

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.

Piltz was, of course, brutalized by the climate-change denial industry for his bold decision to reveal the full extent of the Bush administration’s malevolence on this issue: the late wingnut columnist Robert Novak was particularly savage in his attacks.

Piltz refused to bow down to the forces of denial. After leaving the Bush White House, he continued to speak and write and fight for strong action to reduce carbon pollution, and demanded that members of both parties be held accountable for failing to take all appropriate and necessary action to limit dangerous emissions.

Rick Piltz may be gone, but his fight continues. We will fight in his name, and we will make sure that his name is remembered as a hero in the fight for climate justice.


2 Responses to “RIP: Rick Piltz”

  1. redskylite Says:

    It takes a lot of courage to “rock the boat” like Rick Piltz did, giving up a secure job and 6 figure salary. We must be thankful for him and people like him, because veiling the truth has cost us dearly. Tobacco and smoking is not in the same league as what we have locked in by continuing with fossils.

    Thanks to all who have fearlessly exposed the monster.

  2. anotheralionel Says:

    “It takes a lot of courage to “rock the boat” like Rick Piltz did, giving up a secure job and 6 figure salary.”

    So Rick wasn’t on a gravy-train by highlighting ecological malfeasance in denier-space.

    Of course not for the only gravy train is run by the likes of the Kochs, who aid the push of disinformation in the WSJ and Forbes. Mark that well all you who claim climate scientists, and by extension those who air their views, are in it for the money.

    Now who writes contrarian articles for Forbes and the WSJ? We know their names do you? That ‘you’ addressing deniers of AGW.

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