Imagine walking outside into your backyard on a warm January day in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area and looking up at a giant white X framed against a bright blue winter sky.
"That's the strangest cloud formation I've ever seen," you might exclaim.
Or maybe you think a pair of jet aircraft crossed paths and left their contrails as evidence of their passing in the North Texas sky (contrails being defined as "aircraft induced linear ice particle clouds").
Or maybe, as a result of being bombarded with photos and blogs and Facebook postings your immediate reaction is "Chemtrails!"
Unfortunately, the whole chemtrail thing has the sound and feel of yet another conspiracy theory.
After all, Wikipedia, that paragon of accurate, unbiased facts, tells us "The chemtrail conspiracy theory holds that some trails left by aircraft are chemical or biological agents deliberately sprayed at high altitudes for purposes undisclosed to the general public in clandestine programs directed by various government officials."
Rational people such as libertarians really don't want to get caught up in conspiracy theories, even though many conspiracy theories over the centuries have been proven to be true (the assassinations of Julius Caesar and Abraham Lincoln to name just two).
This particular (conspiracy? theory?) holds that the government is spraying chemicals into the upper atmosphere for (Wikipedia again) "solar radiation management, population control, weather control, or biological warfare/chemical warfare and that these trails are causing respiratory illnesses and other health problems."
Virtually all of the "usual suspects," meaning mainstream media, government agencies, scientific organizations, universities and the military, deny the existence of chemtrails, which only fuels the suspicions of true believers.
So are there any reputable sources where rational people can go to learn more about chemtrails?
A report from the Centre for Research on Globalization stated "At an international symposium held in Ghent, Belgium May 28-30, 2010, scientists asserted that 'manipulation of climate through modification of Cirrus clouds is neither a hoax nor a conspiracy theory'" and that Geoengineering "is 'fully operational' with a solid sixty-year history."
Check the Evidence claims that the Discovery Channel's "Best Evidence" show broadcast in Canada in 2007 looks "at the evidence that jet fuel of commercial and military aircrafts contain secret experimental additives, such as aluminum oxide, for weather modification purposes."
Contrail Science attempts to be an unbiased repository of chemtrail evidence.
Beyond that, North Texas, you're pretty much on your own.
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