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Donna Laframboise

Donna Laframboise

 Credentials

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

 Background

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

Wed, 2012-03-07 09:59Steve Horn
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Kochtopus Cato Institute Power Grab: A Historical Perspective

A new chapter is being added to the ongoing Kochtopus saga. On March 1 the Washington Post, in a story sure to fill the airwaves for the weeks and months to come, revealed the Kochtopus is suing the Cato Institute for control of the recently deceased and former Cato Chairman William Niskanen's ownership share in the think-tank.

The Koch Empire was recently outed by DeSmogBlog as a key seed funder of the climate change denier think-tank, the Heartland Institute. Heartland's internal documents were recently leaked to DeSmogBlog (see “Heartland Exposed”). 

Billionaire oil baron Charles Koch is now waging war against another entity that was created with Koch seed money decades ago: the Cato Institute.

The Post explained succinctly:

At the heart of the dispute is the fate of the shares owned by Niskanen, who died in October at age 78 of complications from a stroke. The Koch brothers believe that they have the option to buy Niskanen’s shares, while Cato officials believe that the shares belong to Niskanen’s widow, Kathryn Washburn, according to the complaint.

Cato's Pat Michaels is a key player in the world of climate change denial, “sowing the seeds of doubt” on human-caused climate change.

That said, Cato has also stood up for key libertarian principles in the past that do not fit a partisan framework. Among them: protection of civil liberties, opposition to imperialism, opposition to the war on drugs, opposition to the militarization of domestic law enforcement agencies, and support for gay rights, to name several.

A brief overview of the key movers and shakers behind Cato's ascendancy is important to understand the rise of the Koch Empire and the split between the faux-libertarians and the true libertarians.

Werner Weber

Werner Weber

 Credentials

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

Source: [1]

 Background

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.

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Sebastian Lüning

Sebastian Lüning

 Credentials

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

Source: [1], [2]

 Background

Sebastian Lüning is a geologist, and since 2007 has been the senior geologist with the oil and gas company RWE Dea in Hamburg. He was the 2005/2006 Visiting Professor at the University of Vienna. [2] 

Fritz Vahrenholt

Fritz Vahrenholt

 Credentials

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

Source: [1]

 Background

Fritz Vahrenholt has been a professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Hamburg since 2009.

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Joanne Nova

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Joanne Nova

 Credentials

Joanne Nova holds a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology from the University of Western Australia. She also has a Graduate Certificate in Science Communications from the Australian National University. [1]

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Roger Cohen

Roger Cohen

 Credentials

  • Ph.D., Physics, Rutgers University. [1]

 Background

Roger Cohen is the former Manager of Strategic Planning and Programs at ExxonMobil Corporation.

He is a George C. Marshall Institute “Expert,” and has led a push for the American Physical Society (APS) to weaken their position on climate change.

Cohen became involved in studying global warming when Exxon realized that its “business environment” could be affected. [2]

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