In the discussion motivated by Oreskes' Essay, I have seen one claim made that there are more than 11,000 articles on "climate change" in the ISI database and suggestions that about 10% somehow contradict the IPCC consensus position.
This claim is so wacky I couldn't even place it. RP didn't seem to either. It turns out (see Peisers reply to my comment (side note: is it weird that Peiser is supplying the references for Pielkes articles?)) that this is ref'd to Timo Hämeranta, another std.septic, and it isn't even correct: even TH only claims to have 4,000 abstracts, and I would guess that his categorising ability is no higher than Peisers. What exactly is the point in giving prominence to stupid claims like this one, except to give them credibility?
OTOH, RP *does* say:
Like Oreskes, I am happy to take the IPCC as the best assessment of state of climate science, and its conclusions as an accurate measure of the central tendency of views among the climate science community. The work of the IPCC, including its certainties and uncertainties, is plenty good enough for the development and promulgation of a steady stream of policy options on climate
which is confirmation of his non-skeptic status, should one ever doubt it (ahem).
But RP then continues:
But so what? If that number is 1% or 40%, it does not make any difference whatsoever from the standpoint of policy action.
This is wrong. If 40% of papers doubted the consensus, there would be no consensus.