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Leading experts debunk chemtrails conspiracy


Posted on Wednesday, 17 August, 2016 | Comment icon 65 comments

Experts have played down reports of a chemtrails conspiracy. Image Credit: US Air Force
Are shadowy government agencies spraying us with chemicals from airplanes or is the whole idea nonsense ?
For years, conspiracy theorists have been putting forward the notion that the vapour trails visible in the sky behind high-altitude airplanes are actually laced with chemicals that are being sprayed on an unsuspecting populace for undoubtedly nefarious purposes.

This idea become particularly prevalent back in the 1990s when the US Air Force ended up having to defend itself against accusations of "spraying the US population with mysterious substances".

Fast forward to the present however and now a new survey of 77 environmental scientists and geochemists has revealed that the overwhelming majority of experts believe that there is insufficient evidence of a secret spraying program and that the trails left by airplanes are totally innocuous.

Described as the first ever peer-reviewed journal paper addressing the chemtrail conspiracy theory, the study was backed by the University of California, Irvine, the Carnegie Institution for Science and a non-profit group called Near Zero which is partially funded by Microsoft's Bill Gates.

"We wanted to establish a scientific record on the topic of secret atmospheric spraying programs for the benefit of those in the public who haven’t made up their minds," said co-author Steven J. Davis.

Whether this will put the chemtrails conspiracy to bed once and for all however remains to be seen.

Source: EarthSky.org | Comments (65)

Tags: Chemtrails

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #56 Posted by Likely Guy on 10 September, 2016, 2:52
"Happy chemtrails to you, until we meet again. Happy chemtrails to you, keep smilin' until then. Who cares about the clouds when we're together? Just sing a song and bring the sunny weather. Happy chemtrails to you, 'till we meet again. Some chemtrails are happy ones, Others are blue. It's the way you ride the chemtrail that counts, Here's a happy one for you. Happy chemtrails to you, until we meet again. Happy chemtrails to you, keep smilin' until then. Who cares about the clouds when we're together? Just sing a song and bring the sunny weather. Happy chemtrails to you, 'till we meet again. "
Comment icon #57 Posted by ChrLzs on 10 September, 2016, 9:30
Just as a little PostScript to this thread...  The market/target audience for the chemtrail scammers was rather well demonstrated here... First there was 'sumguy' who seagulled the thread (flew by, left a 'deposit' and then was never seen again) and said "I should simply deny what my eyes can clearly see", as if that means something.. well, I guess it does - namely that sumguy hasn't got a clue about what a contrail is.... and doesn't want to learn.   Then there was Marcin, who despite being 'not fussed' about the topic, first told us that he saw a conpiracy in an organisation partly run by Bi... [More]
Comment icon #58 Posted by DieChecker on 10 September, 2016, 9:47
Fun Fact: Rubies and Sapphires are forms of Aluminum Oxide. It is used to make insulators and glass. It is also common in sunscreen and as a filler in plastic items. It is around all of us all the time. Finding it in a dirt sample is like finding dirt in a dirt sample. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aluminium_oxide
Comment icon #59 Posted by Zalmoxis on 23 September, 2016, 21:15
If they aren't chemicals and are truly ice crystals (artificial clouds) then you would need to find what is different about the newer engines that makes them create these trails. My only theory would be that these newer engines burn much hotter than the older ones and this wider temperature difference is what causes the condensation behind the engine. Perhaps it isn't the engine at all and it is an effect of a different fuel being used. Perhaps this "cloud seeding" is harmless to the air but required to work the HAARP climate control systems. Whatever it is, nobody has yet given a believable e... [More]
Comment icon #60 Posted by Merc14 on 23 September, 2016, 22:08
You do realize that aircraft have been producing contrails since they were able to get into the upper atmosphere right?  They are a product of combustion.  Maybe you should read the article before posting. WWII contrails
Comment icon #61 Posted by ChrLzs on 23 September, 2016, 22:57
????  Utter hogwash.  It's 'unbelievable' to you because you don't understand contrails at all.  Read the entire thread, and then go get off your butt and do some research on low and high bypass turbofan engines.  Then, when you understand the topic, you come on back and show us some aircraft leaving contrails where they shouldn't.  It's really easy to do - film some contrailing planes with verbal/visual verification of your location and time (show some landmarks and your watch/time stamped video so we can verify), then use FlightAware to identify the flight and altitudes, then use, say, the W... [More]
Comment icon #62 Posted by Thorvir Hrothgaard on 24 September, 2016, 2:03
Yes they have.  Several times.  You just don't like the answers given.
Comment icon #63 Posted by Habitat on 24 September, 2016, 2:08
I heard a local radio personality who has a science talk-back session say that the term contrails was derived from "cotton trails".  I'd have bet London to a brick on, that it is a contraction of "condensation trails".
Comment icon #64 Posted by ChrLzs on 24 September, 2016, 3:27
You may keep London.  You won that bet.
Comment icon #65 Posted by Zalmoxis on 27 September, 2016, 21:01
You are correct. I missed the line that explained that they are made of combustion exhaust and I went off on a tangent. 


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