Blair King
Blair King is a resident of the Township of Langley, B.C. and a practicing environmental scientist. He has an academic background in chemistry, biology and environmental studies and an interest in the use of scientific data in environmental decision-making.

Blair blogs about topics that cross the interface between science and decision-making at: A Chemist in Langley

Entries by Blair King

Dispelling Some Myths About The Site C Dam Project

(47) Comments | Posted May 15, 2017 | 1:25 PM

British Columbia just finished a provincial election and one of the big issues was the Site C dam. During the election, a lot of myths were spread about the project. In this post, I'd like to dispel some of the most egregious of these myths.

Myth #1: We won't...

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7 Words Can Set Your Child Up For A Life Of Learned Helplessness

(3) Comments | Posted March 29, 2017 | 6:00 PM

As the husband of a teacher, I regularly hear my wife and her colleagues complain about what they call "learned helplessness" in their students. Educational resources define "learned helplessness" in an educational setting as a lack of self-confidence, poor problem solving, wandering attention and feeling hopeless.

This condition...

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On The Behaviour Of Diluted Bitumen In A Marine Spill

(5) Comments | Posted January 16, 2017 | 7:11 AM

One of the most misunderstood issues in the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion (TMX) debate is what happens to diluted bitumen (dilbit) in a marine spill. The common misconception is that "bitumen sinks". The truth is that both bitumen and dilbit float in the marine environment.

The misconception is...

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Report Exposing Trans Mountain Pipeline Risks Is Fatally Flawed

(8) Comments | Posted January 10, 2017 | 10:21 AM

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A killer whale surfacing in the Strait of Georgia in British Columbia, Canada. (Photo: Ca2Hill via Getty Images)

In the last couple months killer whales (orcas) have been in the news a lot, in particular the endangered population of Southern Resident...

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Dear Parents, Teachers Are People Too

(36) Comments | Posted September 6, 2016 | 9:01 AM

As I have written previously, I am the spouse of a teacher and spend a lot of time with teachers. I'd like to start the new school year by reminding you of some truths about teachers.

Teachers are professionals, and no you couldn't just walk into a class and do...

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Activists Need To Take The Time To Understand What They Are Opposing

(88) Comments | Posted August 25, 2016 | 2:39 PM

As I said I would in my last post, I attended the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMX) Ministerial Panel Public Open House. Also as promised, I gave my presentation. I then sat through four hours of activists talking about why they don't want...

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If You Want To Fight Climate Change, Don't Fight Pipelines

(69) Comments | Posted July 22, 2016 | 10:59 AM

On July 27 I will be attending the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMX) Ministerial Panel Public Open House in Langley. If I get a chance this is what I intend to say:

I am here today not to speak directly in support of the TMX but...

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Debunking Some Leap Manifesto Talking Points

(22) Comments | Posted June 24, 2016 | 2:30 PM

Last week Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall and Naomi Klein got into a Twitter war over the "100% clean economy by 2050" plan being pushed by Ms. Klein and the proponents of the Leap Manifesto. During the discussion the Premier pointed out:

Leap Manifesto's 100 per cent...
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What Climate Activists Conveniently Leave Out About B.C. LNG

(130) Comments | Posted June 3, 2016 | 12:09 PM

Last week a group of 90 scientists and climate activists sent a letter to the federal cabinet to argue against federal approval of the Pacific Northwest (PNW) Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project.

The activists argue that the project would make it virtually impossible for British Columbia to...

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In Defence Of Provincial Exams And Content-Driven Curriculum

(2) Comments | Posted May 30, 2016 | 4:18 PM

As many people have heard, the British Columbia Ministry of Education has decided to eliminate all but two of the provincial exams (Math and Writing Skills). This is a continuation of the process that began with the elimination of the Grade 12 science exams in 2011. This elimination...

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The Scourge Of 'Crybullying' Affects Parliament Hill And Beyond

(637) Comments | Posted May 20, 2016 | 4:03 PM

Imagine you are a small child in a crowded school hallway. A couple big kids block your way and when you try to move around them they maneuver to stay in your way. Getting tired of being bullied, you push by. The next thing you know, the bully runs to...

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We Can't Blame Climate Change For The Fort McMurray Fires

(99) Comments | Posted May 10, 2016 | 9:04 AM

Last week I wrote a piece on my personal blog titled: On forest fires climate activist aren't just insensitive, they are also wrong which addressed some of the reporting that incorrectly claimed that climate change was responsible for the Fort...

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Let's Have An Honest Conversation About Pipelines And Ethical Oil

(64) Comments | Posted April 28, 2016 | 6:52 AM

I have written a lot about oil and pipelines in the past. In doing so I have received a stream of feedback and comments which all pretty much say the same thing: "you can't talk about the concept of ethical oil because that brand has been soured."

You see,...

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As A Pragmatic Environmentalist, I Find The Leap Manifesto Wanting

(25) Comments | Posted April 11, 2016 | 2:58 PM

Lost in the excitement of the Mulcair vote during the NDP convention in Edmonton this last weekend was the news that the NDP passed their support for "The Leap Manifesto." The Manifesto consists of a list of "15 Demands" that range from the somewhat reasonable; to...

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Parents, Educators Can't Teach Life Lessons For You

(0) Comments | Posted March 21, 2016 | 11:31 AM

A week ago I wrote a post that struck a nerve in the community about the need for parents to stop undermining our kids' teachers. In this post, I want to continue that theme by writing about a few of the simple, but important, lessons we as parents...

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Parents, It's Time To Stop Undermining Our Kids' Teachers

(543) Comments | Posted March 14, 2016 | 6:17 PM

I am the father of three children, a son (age eight) and two daughters (ages seven and four). My wife is a school teacher who has taught elementary-aged children for the last 15 years. Since my wife is a teacher, I have spent countless hours listening to teachers tell their...

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What Inspires Me To Blog

(4) Comments | Posted February 19, 2016 | 12:01 PM

I have been asked recently why I blog on the Huffington Post. The question has come from a friend as well as a journalist, on Twitter, who suggested that I am taking food off his plate. My response is that I have ideas to share and the Huffington Post has...

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Dispelling Some Myths And Misconceptions About Energy East

(168) Comments | Posted February 2, 2016 | 3:35 PM

My blog post last week (I Support The Energy East Pipeline As A Pragmatic Environmentalist) made quite a splash resulting in me receiving a lot of both positive and negative feedback. Unfortunately, the vast majority of the negative feedback consisted of unsupported and/or unsupportable "facts" about the proposal....

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I Support The Energy East Pipeline As A Pragmatic Environmentalist

(148) Comments | Posted January 26, 2016 | 10:49 AM

We live in a society that, like it or not, is dependent on oil (petroleum hydrocarbons) and petroleum hydrocarbon-based products.

Our food is produced on farms that need heavy equipment to operate. That food is shipped around the world by air, water and rail, all of which rely on...

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What Is B.C.'s Energy Future After The Paris Climate Agreement?

(7) Comments | Posted January 15, 2016 | 10:09 AM

In December 2015 world leaders passed the Paris Agreement at the end of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21).

In Paris, Canada agreed to drop our greenhouse gas emissions...

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