Monthly Archives: January 2016

On the empty platitudes of the anti-pipeline advocates

This week was a busy one in the Energy East pipeline debate with Denis Coderre and his merry band of municipal politicians stepping out of their jurisdictional depth to come out against the pipeline and our Prime Minister saying he … Continue reading

Posted in Canadian Politics, Energy East, Oil Sands, Pipelines, Trans Mountain, Uncategorized | 10 Comments

Debunking more Myths and Fables about the Energy East Pipeline

Well my last post summarizing why I support the Energy East pipeline has been out for only a couple days and the response has been quite positive. I can usually tell when a post is doing well: when my social … Continue reading

Posted in Canadian Politics, Energy East, Oil Sands, Pipelines, Uncategorized | 14 Comments

A Chemist in Langley’s take on Energy East

I have written a lot about pipelines at this blog and last night while watching Denis Coderre attempt to hijack the Energy East pipeline discussion I said to myself: enough is enough I want to write a blog post to … Continue reading

Posted in Canadian Politics, Energy East, Oil Sands, Pipelines, Uncategorized | 15 Comments

On poor science communication in the media: a case study on the flu vaccine

This morning I was directed to a blog post by Bill Tieleman in The Tyee. The post dealt with the flu vaccine and was titled Time to End Expensive, Ineffective Forced Flu Shots. This is the latest of his, now … Continue reading

Posted in Canadian Politics, Chemistry and Toxicology, Risk, Uncategorized | 5 Comments

On the glaring intellectual inconsistencies in 100% Wind Water and Sunlight

Ralph Waldo Emerson is his famous essay Self-Reliance coined the phrase “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds”. As readers of my blog know I have spent a lot of time researching and commenting on the 100% Wind, … Continue reading

Posted in Fossil Fuel Free Future, Renewable Energy, Uncategorized | 9 Comments

On the curious anachronism that is the academic journal business model

While discussing my post on the benefits and limitations of peer review in the reporting of interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary science I came to recognize that I was taking a lot of things for granted. The biggest is that a lot … Continue reading

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On blogging and the irrelevance of academic peer review in multi-disciplinary fields

In my short blogging career I have been challenged, on more than one occasion, to submit my writing to peer-reviewed academic journals. My response has been to point out that my work undergoes peer review the second I post it … Continue reading

Posted in Climate Change, Environmentalism and Ecomodernism, Fossil Fuel Free Future, Uncategorized | 15 Comments