Climate Science Watch was initiated in the summer of 2005. For 14 years, Rick Piltz, the founder and director, held positions in Washington that allowed a first-hand observation of how the science of climate change and related research is used and misused by public officials and special interest groups. From 1995 until resigning in March 2005 he served in senior positions in the office of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP), the program that coordinates support for climate and global change research by 13 federal agencies. From 1991-1994 he was a professional staff member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, supporting the committee's oversight of climate change and energy technology issues.