by Nicky Sundt
My great friend and colleague Rick Piltz (Climate Science Watch) died this morning, , at . I visited him in the hospital and we said what needed to be said to each other. We worked very closely together at the U.S. Global Change Research Program under the Bush Administration to maintain the scientific integrity of the program and to defend it against climate deniers (a phrase he coined). He left the USGCRP in disgust during Bush’s second term, exposed the Bush Administration’s efforts to subvert the science and mislead the public, and established Climate Science Watch. I worked closely with him throughout that period and since then. I am grateful that I had him as a friend, and as a close co-conspirator in our lifelong efforts to speak truth to power. I will miss him.