December 11, 2004
The Climate Change Consensus

The response from climate change contrarians to last week's Science paper by Naomi Oreskes on climate change science has been instruction.

Oreskes, you may recall, reviewed all 928 papers in the ISI database with keyword "climate change," looking for ones that disagreed with the general consensus on anthropogenic climate change. She found nary a one.

There has been a great deal of sputtering from the climate change skeptics, but nothing substantive in the way of a refutation. As Chris Mooney points out, "If Oreskes is wrong, refuting her should be a piece of cake. Simple: Do your own ISI search, and find an article that explicitly disagrees with the consensus position as Oreskes describes it."

No one seems to have done that.

CNSNews has some lengthy quotations from a number of skeptics, including the cranky and beloved Benny Peiser. Peiser, on his email list (sorry, not on line) claims to have done his own ISI search and the terms "climate change" and found lots more than 928 papers, suggesting that Oreskes somehow unfairly limited the scope of the seach. I don't have access to ISI, so I can't check out who's right. But either way, he has not come up with the paper Mooney is asking for, the one that contests the consensus.

Posted by John Fleck at December 11, 2004 09:12 AM