Reynald Du Berger

Reynald Du Berger


  • Bachelor of Geological Engineering, Laval University. [1]
  • Master's Degree in Geophysics, Laval University. [1]
  • P. Eng. [2]


Reynauld Du Berger is emeritus professor of geophysics at the University of Quebec at Chicoutimi. His background is in geological engineering and seismology. [3]

Stewart Franks

Stewart Franks


  • PhD, Lancaster University - England
  • Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science), Lancaster University - England

Source: [1]

According to Franks, “I'm primarily a hydrologist, but I study what we call hydro-climatology, and that really is the hydrological impacts of climate variability.” [2]

David H. Padden

David H. Padden


  • MBA, Harvard. [1]


David H. Padden was the founder of the Heartland Institute, a founding director of the Cato Institute, and played a prominent role in a number of other libertarian think tanks. Padden also started the small municipal bond firm Padden and Co. in the early 1960s.

Andrew Montford

Andrew W. Montford


  • Bsc, Chemistry, St Andrews University. [1]
  • Registered Accountant.


Andrew W. Montford is a English writer, editor, chartered accountant, and the voice behind climate change skeptic blog Bishop Hill. He is also the author of The Hockey Stick Illusion  (2010). He currently lives in Scotland.

Donna Laframboise

Donna Laframboise


  • Degree in Women's Studies, University of Toronto (1989). [1]


Donna Laframboise is a journalist, photographer, and founder of, a website critical of the IPCC and skeptical of climate change.

Investors: No More Flaring of Fracked Oil and Gas in Bakken Shale

The debate over flaring unconventional oil and gas in shale basins across the United States has suddenly heated up immensely (excuse the bad pun). 

On March 27, the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economy (CERES) penned a letter calling for an end to the practice, writing,

We are a group of 37 investors, representing $500 billion in total assets, who areconcerned about the financial risks associated with the flaring of natural gas that has accompanied fast-proliferating oil production from shale formations in North Dakota, Texas and elsewhere in the U.S.

We are concerned that excessive flaring, because of its impact on air quality and climate change, poses significant risks for the companies involved, and for the industry at large,ultimately threatening the industry’s license to operate.

As you know, shale oil production, made possible by hydraulic fracturing technology,…is poised to become the world’s largest oil producer in the next five years, with nearly all of this projected growth coming from shale oil. …

On a lifecycle basis, emissions from oil produced with high flaring rates may be comparable to those from Canada’s vast oil sands region.

The letter ended by calling for the building up of proper infrastructure, such as pipelines and refineries, in order to push for an eliminiation of the dirty practice. CERES concluded the letter with a firm request, stating, “We therefore are writing to request information about the amount your company is currently flaring, as well as details about your plans to reduce flaring at existing wells and prevent it at future wells.”

Letter signarories included As You SowPresbyterian Church (USA)Turner Investments, and Praxis Mutual Funds, to name several.

Joanne Simpson


Joanne Simpson


  • D.SC. (Hon), State University of New York at Albany (1991).
  • Post-doc, Statistics, Dartmouth, (1970-71).
  • Ph.D., Meteorology, University of Chicago, (1949).
  • M.S., Meteorology, University of Chicago, (1945).
  • B.S., Meteorology, University of Chicago, (1943).

Source: [1]

Werner Weber

Werner Weber


  • Ph.D., Technische Universität Munich (1972).
  • “Diplomphysiker,” or Degree in Physics, Technische Universität, Munich, Germany (1970).

Source: [1]


Werner Weber is an emeritus professor of physics at the Technical Univeristy of Dortmund. He has done past research with Bell Laboratories, and was a visiting research scientist at AT&T Bell Laboratores in Murray Hill, NJ.

Sebastian Lüning

Sebastian Lüning (alt. Luening)


  • Ph.D., Geology/Paleontology, University of Bremen, Germany (1997).
  • Diploma, geology/paleontology, University of Göttingen, Germany (1994).

Source: [1], [2]

Fritz Vahrenholt

Fritz Vahrenholt


  • Ph.D., Chemistry (1974).
  • Degree in Chemistry, University of Münster (1974).

Source: [1]


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