Infowars/AlexJones are pushing the Chemtrail/Geoengineering Conspiracy Theory Forward


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(This isn't really a fresh debunk. The InfoWars people basically recycled previously debunked claims with the addition of a new, likely dubious, claim)

They are claiming that Chemtrailing is ongoing even going so far as to use discredited claims such as:

In 2008, a KSLA news investigation found that a substance that fell to earth from a high altitude chemtrail contained high levels of Barium (6.8 ppm) and Lead (8.2 ppm) as well as trace amounts of other chemicals including arsenic, chromium, cadmium, selenium and silver. Of these, all but one are metals, some are toxic while several are rarely or never found in nature.​

That was debunked already:

Infowars/PrisonPlanet/AlexJones has used it before so apparently likes recycling old material regardless of veracity. All but the newest claims were made by AlexJones and company last year and then debunked in a thread here:

The primary claim that they are making here is that:

U.S. scientists writing in the journal Environmental Research Letters concluded that "Planes or airships could carry sun-dimming materials high into the atmosphere for an affordable price tag of below $5 billion a year as a way to slow climate change," reports Reuters, a process characterized as "both feasible and affordable."

I've not got time to look into the claim but based on their loose use of other "facts" I'll wager that they are misrepresenting the paper in Environmental Research Letters.

The video shows footage of persistent contrails while the narrator makes snarky comments such as "that's just what happens is that when planes fly in the air they leave these condsation trails in perfectly straight lines that last for hours even though I never saw those when I was a kid". Narrator goes on to claim that he started filming chemtrails in 2001 or 2002 after learning about chemtrails from the Alex Jones program on the radio. So they lack perspective there as condensation trails have a longer history than that.

A couple of examples of recycled claims:

Scientists now admit that vapor trails from airplanes are creating “artificial clouds” that block out the sun. This is no longer a matter of debate. The chemtrail “conspiracy theorists,” who were ridiculed for pointing out that from the mid-90′s onwards contrails from jet planes were lingering for hours and forming artificial clouds, have been proven correct.Reading University’s Professor Keith Shine told the Daily Mail that the clouds “formed by aircraft fumes could linger ‘for hours’, depriving those areas under busy flight paths, such as London and the Home Counties, of summer sunshine.”

Scientists don't "now admit" that vapor trails can persist and spread and affect weather and/or climate. That is known and has been studied for quite some time and is different from geoengineering proposals.

This claim also already debunked here.

Another program under the Department of Energy’s Atmospheric Science Program is directed towards, “developing comprehensive understanding of the atmospheric processes that control the transport, transformation, and fate of energy related trace chemicals and particulate matter.”The DOE website states that, “The current focus of the program is aerosol radiative forcing of climate: aerosol formation and evolution and aerosol properties that affect direct and indirect influences on climate and climate change.”

So now in conspiracy land studying radiative forcing amounts to planning and execution of chemtrailing. I had to recheck the date as this claim is also recycled almost verbatim (see the previous thread).

As we have documented, geoengineering programs based around the premise of artificial aerosols were already in operation years ago, including at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Savannah River National Laboratory in Aiken, S.C, which in 2009 began conducting studies which involved shooting huge amounts of particulate matter, in this case “porous-walled glass microspheres,” into the stratosphere.

There were and are no "huge amounts".

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The primary claim that they are making here is that:

I've not got time to look into the claim but based on their loose use of other "facts" I'll wager that they are misrepresenting the paper in Environmental Research Letters.

I've been seeing this pop up a lot lately. The article can be read here (open access). The authors did an analysis to estimate the annual cost of "stratospheric albedo modification delivery systems". What's bunk about this claim is that the article is frequently being presented as if this is the current cost of an existing program, rather than the estimated cost of proposed programs.

It's interesting to note that the paper looks at the cost of delivering materials at altitudes of 18-30 km (about 59-98,000 feet), vastly higher than the ordinary jet cruising altitudes at which "chemtrails" are supposedly being observed.
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