A writer scolded by his public is wise if he can hear his critics and inform or revise his ideas. I have gone out on a limb over the sky striping phenomenon over Chattanooga, my hometown and yours. I’ve asked myself, why get into this topic that seems impossible to write about conclusively and which in the minds of a few people is part of a looney or conspiratorial perspective?
Sky striping is important to coverage of local economy because it is a product of government interventionism. Official pollution deposited from jet tanker nozzles eight miles above the Tennessee River is as offensive to local economy as is inflation-riddled fiat currency imposed by the Fed and the banks or public schools intervening in the educational marketplace and depriving families of choice and capital. Sky striping lets us realize just how lofty are the claims of the American national government as against people in the 50 states.
Jets have woven their smudgy latticework over Hamilton County 20 of the past 41 days, and I cannot forbear declaring it a tort and nuisance on behalf of commoners like me who live in this neck of the woods. ‡ (Continued below)
One critic insists I impose conspiracy theory on innocent water vapor. “Surely there must be some way to prevent baseless rantings from the radio airwaves in our country,” declares World War II buff Larry Presley, writing to rebut an essay at Chattanoogan.com. “Sky striping with aluminum flakes? The government is poisoning us?” He points out that American bombers over Germany created contrails that helped 88mm anti-aircraft cannon locate their targets. “[E]ven when we wanted to prevent contrails we couldn’t do it. Not in 1943, not in 2014,” Mr. Presley says. “Get used to them. As long as aircraft fly into the upper atmosphere there will always be contrails. Until some sort of real proof is offered up on chemtrails being deliberate government toxic poisoning, I would suggest that someone challenge these baseless rants.”
A rebuttal by Will Taylor says my “alarmist musings and dreadfully short on scientific veracity. *** Washington can’t even agree on how to secure the Federal Highway Trust Fund, much less an unproven and inefficient attempt to change someone’s weather.”
Mr. Taylor holds to what I suppose to be a standard position among people at least slightly familiar with geoengineering. Namely, that the program I insist is old hat is theoretical only, merely “what if” proposals. Any program, he says, is stymied by “the unpredictability of applying these so-called aerosols in a three-dimensional space containing an ever-changing array of temperatures, dewpoints, and winds.” Studies to date conclude weather management is “not worth the time, treasury, or risk.” Volcanoes do a better job of pumping aerosols into the atmosphere, cooling the planet, Mr. Taylor says.
How could weather management be justified amid such uncertainty? he wonders. “The geostrophic winds in the upper troposphere guarantee to move contrails across the skies. The contrails you see after a plane passes overhead in Hamilton County will soon be over North Carolina if it holds together long enough. I suppose someone in Murphy decries the same spreading contrail over his mountain home, while someone in Huntsville laments the ‘sky striping’ overhead as the whole lattice moves on to Chattanooga. But that gets a little silly, doesn’t it?”
Planning efficiencies in sky striping scheme
Mr. Taylor’s point is important. How can layering the official “albedo” over a city be justified when air always moves? The U.S. focuses on cities, which are hot spots for their square miles of rooftops, parking lots and highways. But imprecision and guesswork have to be part of the job. Tons of aluminum crystals may be dumped over Chattanooga and drift off toward the tri-cities and Virginia. Is that tankerful of aluminum nanoparticles wasted? Hardly.
There is still a value, because as long as the “nano disk” of aluminium is aloft, it reflects sunlight — the ostensible goal of cloud creation and chemtrailing planned in a larger scheme of weather modification. A haze in the upper atmosphere is like a gassy armor plate defying the piercing darts of the sun — and as long as it stays up, it serves an alleged benefit for mankind.
I suspect a rebuttal by Nashville sky watcher Doug Diamond is more useful, namely that contrails are no longer routine, as engine development has eliminated them as a telltale sign of a jet in flight. Contrail suppression technology originates in service to the military.
‡ June 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12, 15, 19, 21, 22, 28; July 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10.
I am covering sky striping to serve my local economy reader
The first media coverage of sky striping in Chattanooga, April 2014: Bizarre March blizzard follows day of heavy chemtrailing in Chattanooga skies