The Wisdom of Academics

Upstream Online provides us with a good example of the type of rubbish which is being bandied about regarding the Macondo well (emphasis mine):

Estimates for the flow rate have been controversial since the spill began after a blowout at the well on 20 April.

BP and the US Coast Guard first estimated the flow rate at just 1000 bpd and then later revised that figure to 5000 bpd, but admitted that there was a wide margin of error around that figure.

Academics and outside experts had said they believed the flow could be as high as 70,000 bpd to 100,000 bpd, despite the fact that the record production for a well in the US Gulf is a little bit more than 40,000 barrels per day.

What kind of academics and outside experts were these?  Can we at least name them so we know to disregard anything they say in future?


Named.  Can we now start the shaming?