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Blair King

Environmental Scientist, Husband, Father

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

Dispelling Some Myths About The Site C Dam Project

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.
05/15/2017 01:25 EDT
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Dear Parents, Teachers Are People Too

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. So if your child comes home and complains about something that happened at school give the teacher the benefit of the doubt.
09/06/2016 09:01 EDT

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

Let's be frank, climate change is real. We, as a country, have to do more to fight climate change. That being said climate change is a red herring in this discussion. Why? Because up to 80 per cent of the emissions associated with fossil fuels are generated in their combustion. Pipelines represent a negligible part of that equation.
07/22/2016 10:59 EDT

Debunking Some Leap Manifesto Talking Points

While, to the energy world, "100% Clean and Renewable Wind, Water, and Sunlight (WWS) All-Sector Energy Roadmaps for 139 Countries of the World" is simply a thought experiment; it also serves as the Leap Manifesto's energy plan.
06/24/2016 02:30 EDT
Tomasz Wyszołmirski

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

The reality is that you can't have a legitimate discussion about the topic of oil without considering the ethics underlying our oil supply. Regardless of branding, ethical sourcing has to be part of the discussion. As a pragmatic environmentalist seeking only to ensure a healthy economy on a healthy planet, I would be remiss if I ignored the topic for such an inane reason.
04/28/2016 06:52 EDT
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What Inspires Me To Blog

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 intention in my blogs is not to court conflict. Rather, I want to highlight the misuse of science in environmental decision-making.
02/19/2016 01:02 EST

Dispelling Some Myths And Misconceptions About Energy East

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.
02/02/2016 04:35 EST

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

In Paris Canada agreed to drop our greenhouse gas emissions to 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. To achieve this goal Canada will need to cut fossil fuels out of our transportation and home heating energy budgets by the middle of this century. Fossil fuels represent 60 per cent of B.C.'s current energy needs.
01/15/2016 11:10 EST