Sky striping critics said to ‘derail debate’ over theoretical sun-fighting program

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By David Tulis

Critics of stratospheric aerosol geoengineering are taking it on the chin in a Washington Post oped, but are celebrating their being recognized in the establishment press.

A column in the District of Columbia-based Post suggests that writers such as Dane Wigington of Geoengineeringwatch.org “could derail debate” over climate policy with their “emotional” and “passionate” arguments that climate control by “chemtrails” is old news — and bad news. But it also admits that their objections to “deadly air pollution” and damage to the ozone layer by toxic plumes have merit as part of the debate over what is a futurististic weather-control  technology still on the drawing board. (Continued below.)

Persistent contrails over Gallatin, Tenn., work to spread across the sky to defeat the sun, even on a cold day. (Photo Tennessee Skywatch on Facebook)

Persistent contrails over Gallatin, Tenn., work to spread across the sky to defeat the sun, even on a cold day. ”Solar geoengineering *** is merely an idea right now,” says a WaPo columnist. (Photo Tennessee Skywatch on Facebook)

Stratospheric aerosol geoengineering  was cooked up as national policy in the 1960s, and intensifies as  the U.S. ramps up its purported “war on climate change.” (Photo “Alexia Federal“ on Facebook)

Stratospheric aerosol geoengineering was cooked up as national policy in the 1960s, and intensifies as the U.S. ramps up its purported “war on climate change.” (Photo “Alexia Federal“ on Facebook)

Sky striping is an international phenomenon that weaves a sun-dimming sky, as the Dutch know only too well. (Photo Sylvia Bartocci)

Sky striping is an international phenomenon that weaves a sun-dimming sky, as the Dutch in this city know only too well. (Photo Sylvia Bartocci)

Enough jets have flown over this patch of Tennessee to disquiet the sky with their many tons of reflecting particulate. (Photo Tennessee Skywatch on Facebook)

Enough jets have flown over this patch of Tennessee to disquiet the sky with their many tons of reflecting particulate. “Left ignored,” says the Washington Post, “the chemtrails narrative could poison legitimate debate over geoengineering’s merits.” (Photo Tennessee Skywatch on Facebook)An eerie covering over the land of dykes, windmills and canals, the Netherlands. (Photo Sybell Udema)An eerie covering over the land of dykes, windmills and canals, the Netherlands. (Photo Sybell Udema)

Alteration of the weather over Chase, Md., creates “thorny governance and justice issues,” says U.S. News & World Report, which suggests sky striping is a futuristic technology just now being tested. (Photo Raymond Black)

Alteration of the weather over Chase, Md., creates “thorny governance and justice issues,” says U.S. News & World Report, which suggests sky striping is a futuristic technology just now being tested. (Photo Raymond Black)

Solar radiation management may strike observers in Basel, Switzerland, as pretty. A few say sky striping is venomous. (Photo Franci Ballato)

Solar radiation management may strike observers in Basel, Switzerland, as pretty. A few say sky striping is venomous. Says a scientist: “Is it necessarily more irrational to believe that the climate is being controlled than to believe that one can control the climate?” (Photo Franci Ballato)

Climate researchers are arguing for dumping reflective material in the sky, as seen here over Knoxville, Tenn., world's fair dome. This boldness is said to break “a longstanding taboo“ to argue for manmade global cooling. (Photo Marla Stair-Wood, Tennessee Skywatch on Facebook)

Climate researchers are arguing for dumping reflective material in the sky, as seen here over Knoxville, Tenn., world’s fair dome. This boldness is said to break “a longstanding taboo“ to argue for manmade global cooling. (Photo Marla Stair-Wood, Tennessee Skywatch on Facebook)

Sky-clawing jet trails mar the sky over Raleigh, N.C., very much in the spirit of a proposal in  Scientific American: “Various sun-blocking schemes could be fast and cheap, like a fleet of airplanes spewing sulfur particles into the atmosphere.” (Photo Michele Casey)

Sky-clawing jet trails mar the sky over Raleigh, N.C., very much in the spirit of a proposal in Scientific American: “Various sun-blocking schemes could be fast and cheap, like a fleet of airplanes spewing sulfur particles into the atmosphere.” (Photo Michele Casey)

Wilmington, Del., celebrates a day of chemtrail overflights dumping tons of reflecting cloudwork into the stratosphere. (Photo Rob Chrisman)

Wilmington, Del., celebrates a day of chemtrail overflights dumping tons of reflecting cloudwork into the stratosphere. (Photo Rob Chrisman)

Academic proposals to dim the sun as a futare called “hugely controversial“ in The Economist. The acdtual program is visible but largely ignored. (Photo Thomas Allen Molter)

Academic proposals to dim the sun as a futare called “hugely controversial“ in The Economist. The actual “chemical sunscreen” program is visible but largely ignored. (Photo Thomas Allen Molter)

Charlotte, N.C., is subjected to the sky striping program which emits “negative emissions” to counter pollutions such as coal furnaces and (as some see it) human lungs. (Photo Bill Fehr)

Charlotte, N.C., is subjected to the sky striping program which emits “negative emissions” to counter pollutions such as coal furnaces and (as some see it) human lungs. (Photo Bill Fehr)

Like a condom, sky stripes insulate the surface of the earth at Daytona Beach, Fla., from the potency of the sun, hazed out above the palms. (Photo John Brinsko)

Like a condom, sky stripes insulate the surface of the earth at Daytona Beach, Fla., from the potency of the sun, hazed out above the palms. (Photo John Brinsko)

Solar radiation management by jet is not speculation, but a daily occurence, with planes such as this one drawn into public service. (Photo Thomas Allen Molter)

Solar radiation management by jet is not speculation, but a daily occurence, with planes such as this one drawn into public service in what a widely quoted environmentalist critic calls “weather warfare.” (Photo Thomas Allen Molter)

A case of atmospheric flu breaks out in Sarasota, Fla. (Photo Heidi Minihkeim)

A case of atmospheric flu breaks out in Sarasota, Fla. (Photo Heidi Minihkeim)

Malignant clouds besmirch a blue sky over Edison, N.J. As autism rates skyrocket, Dr. Stephanie Seneff says by 2025 one in two children will be autistic. The sky striping experiment deposits aluminum, a neurotoxin. (Photo Nicholas DeVincenzo)

Malignant clouds besmirch a blue sky over Edison, N.J. As autism rates skyrocket, Dr. Stephanie Seneff says by 2025 one in two children will be autistic. The sky striping experiment deposits aluminum, a neurotoxin. (Photo Nicholas DeVincenzo)

This photo from Craiova City, Romania, shows a sequence of chemtrails dissolving into sun-blocking clouds. (Photo G.C. Raymond)

This photo from Craiova City, Romania, shows a sequence of chemtrails dissolving into sun-blocking clouds. (Photo G.C. Raymond)

Even neutrals such as Switzerland are subject to high-altitude aerosol geoengineering. Here, the horizon over Bern, the capital. (Photo Jay Frei)

Even neutrals such as Switzerland are subject to high-altitude aerosol geoengineering. Here, the horizon over Bern, the capital. (Photo Jay Frei)

Often the sky over Chattanooga is so leaden with microscopic particulates that it is yellow or rusty, as this sky over Switzerland. (Photo Facebook)

Often the sky over Chattanooga is so leaden with microscopic particulates that it is yellow or rusty, as this sky over Switzerland. The Washington Post says it may be many years before debate over sky striping “seriously enters the policy realm” because the program is still only a proposed one. (Photo Facebook)

Things appear amiss over the Matterhorn in the Swiss alps. If snowfields are reflective, why are cloud lines being aid above to deflect the sun? (Photo Manuela Buchegger)

Things appear amiss over the Matterhorn in the Swiss alps. If snowfields are reflective, why are cloud lines being added above to deflect the sun? (Photo Manuela Buchegger)

When an environmentalist peers upward at Virginia Beach and sees scenes such as this one, what does he think? (Photo Facebook)

When an environmentalist peers upward at Virginia Beach and sees scenes such as this one, what does he think? (Photo Facebook)

Well enough along, Swansea, S.C., gets a bit of iron dome treatment such as that envisioned by Harvard professor David Keith, a “‘Plan B that takes control of our climate’s future” by solar geoeneingeering. (Photo Tonia Myers-Smith)

Well enough along, Swansea, S.C., gets a bit of iron dome treatment such as that envisioned by Harvard professor David Keith, a “‘Plan B that takes control of our climate’s future” by solar geoeneingeering. (Photo Tonia Myers-Smith)

Sarasota, Fla., is under a treatment today that a Harvard professor says is an ideal “quick-acting countermeasure” to combat global warming, namely chemtrailing. (Photo Rob Rinato)

Sarasota, Fla., is under a treatment today that a Harvard professor says is an ideal “quick-acting countermeasure” to combat global warming, namely chemtrailing. (Photo Rob Rinato)

Until the states rise u to resist the U.S., Tennesseans living in Knoxville will have to endure the altered weather caused by jet-lain emissions. (Photo Marla Stair-Wood)

Until the states rise to resist the U.S., Tennesseans living in Knoxville will have to endure the altered weather caused by jet-lain emissions secreted behind the walls of national security. (Photo Marla Stair-Wood)

Scientists who say chemtrailing probably is the best solution to alleged global warming indicate the program should go past computer models in the halls of academe. Here, Flagler Beach, Fla., chokes on a bit of theory. (Photo Patrice Sheehan)

Scientists who say chemtrailing probably is the best solution to alleged global warming indicate the program should go past computer models in the halls of academe and into the real world. Here, Flagler Beach, Fla., chokes on a bit of theory. (Photo Patrice Sheehan)

Newsweek’s “Planet Reboot” essay discusses as theory what Wilmington, N.C., is already experiencing as fact: “a fleet of planes *** spraying the atmosphere with sulfate-based aerosols [as] *** a speedy, cost-effective method to cool the Earth.” (Photo Marla Stair-Wood)

Newsweek’s “Planet Reboot” essay discusses as theory what Wilmington, N.C., is already experiencing as fact: “a fleet of planes *** spraying the atmosphere with sulfate-based aerosols [as] *** a speedy, cost-effective method to cool the Earth.” (Photo Marla Stair-Wood)

Innocuous condensation trails, or so they appear, fill the sky over the Swiss alps. (Photo Renat Capelli)

Innocuous condensation trails, or so they appear, fill the sky over the Swiss alps. The albedo, or reflectivity, of snow is extraordinarily high. Scientists want more reflectivity of the earth’s surface overall, with sky striping posited as the most efficient method. (Photo Renat Capelli)

The essay by science journalist Puneet Kollipara should be credited for recognizing that SRM, or solar radiation management, is uniting “left-wingers worried about the environment to right-wingers concerned about abuses of government power.” While the Post tries to slip enough snake oil onto the tarmac to prevent anyone from gaining steady legs, the text’s concessions grant a toe-hold to momentarily see the sky above your head in its true blue.

Important concessions

Researchers such as Mr. Wigington says that climate geoengineering is “already under way” by means of jet aircraft emissions. The Post saddles his perspective with reference to shrill Facebook and Internet hangers-on who insist chemtrailing serves eugenic, human culling and mind-control purposes.  Still, Mr. Wigington and other writers have “a small but passionate following” from people “across the ideological spectrum” who “generally point to seeming irregularities in aircraft contrails as indisputable proof that illicit weather or climate modification is already happening, right now, and being used to control people and nations, especially poor ones.”

Authorities such as Mr. Wigington, an environmentalist who has dedicated a decade of his life to exposing SRM as manifest and inescapable, make “farfetched” and “baseless” claims for the global program’s long being in existence serving governmental and deep state interests.

But they can’t be dismissed because

insights they may offer about a future debate over geoengineering. It might be many years, after all, before any geoengineering proposal seriously enters the policy realm. Still, writes science and technology policy researcher Rose Cairns of the University of Sussex in The Geographical Journal, “Ignoring or dismissing these discourses out of hand as pathological or paranoid is to ignore potentially revealing insights about the emerging politics of geoengineering.”

The Posts suggests Mr. Wigington and others be studied sociologically, as phenomena in the field of mass psychology because how they make the argument AGAINST solar radiation management and chemtrailing presages. Their opposition has little value now, but suggests how FUTURE opposition will frame its objections in the future when chemtrailing is finally proposed as a possible future program.

“Solar geoengineering — more formally known as solar radiation management (SRM) — is merely an idea right now,” the Post declares, “and many scholars aren’t convinced that it’d actually be worth it. But with the National Research Council set to weigh in on various forms of geoengineering very soon, it — and the conspiracy theories involving it — stands to gain more of the public spotlight.”

Sticking point: Is program actual, or theoretical?

The Post’s concern is that the argument against SRM and weather control “could poison legitimate debate over geoengineering’s merits.” The opposition’s argument against health effects, damage to ecology, damage to hydrological cycles and profiteering by big ag and big business are bad enough by way of opposition. But the poison critics are serving up is their assault on the modern state and its overbearing ways and absolutist impulse, its years of secrecy and experimentation upon the citizenry.

How does Uncle ready the public for massive weather intervention in the weather when it has been doing so for years already? How can it make a show of drawing back a curtain — not for a new presentation, but for a show the audience has already seen and disbelieved? How to go public with a black budget program whose results are visible almost daily over Chattanooga and now declare it dangerous to human health — but a planetary necessity?

If Uncle Sam intends to be honest to say public health might be jeopardized by spraying nanoparticulate aluminum and sulphur by the megatonnage required to turn the sky into a milky white plasma, how does it explain past years of murky skies, diverted storms, aluminum in test samples and accelerated UV rays from a jet-damaged ozone layer?

The U.S. government and its gaggle of nation-state partners around the globe are in a fix, raising now a clamor for stratospheric aerosol geoengineering while having to explain past actions of which today and for 20 years Mr. Wigington has complained. Possibly the existing program has been paid for with the F$8.5 trillion the Pentagon has mislaid since 1996.

The Post essay is like looking at pencil scratching through an opaque glass. Its conception is impermanent and shifting. Still, Mr. Kollipara gives voice to the arguments of Mr. Wigington and geoengineering opponents of the proposed artificial skymaking program. No satisfactory answer exists for the objection to sky striping even though you may be wrong about the timing of its first happy day.

Left ignored, the chemtrails narrative could poison legitimate debate over geoengineering’s merits. Right now the public is still learning what geoengineering is, and people’s opinions about it have yet to fully form, making them vulnerable to misinformation. But how, exactly, geoengineering researchers should address the chemtrails narrative without outright ignoring it isn’t clear. In short, chemtrails itself is a conspiracy theory. But the environmental and political concerns underlying the theory can’t be ignored, as they certainly would arise in any mainstream debate over whether to proceed with geoengineering. And chemtrails believers themselves could become a thorn in geoengineering researchers’ and proponents’ sides for many years to come.

Just as those Christians who say the prophecies of the book of Revelation have already been fulfilled in history are called preterists or partial preterists, the brightest opponents of sky striping are preterists as well. They are not prophesying about cloud management and jet plumes as a prospective danger, as future events. The great woe isn’t ahead; the colossal events of judgment and redemption aren’t 10 years out or tomorrow. They have already occurred, are in the past.

— David Tulis hosts Nooganomics.com 1 to 3 p.m. weekdays at Hot News Talk Radio 1240 910 1190 AM, covering local economy and free markets in Chattanooga and beyond. Online at hotnewstalkradio.com and via smartphone and the TuneIn radio app.

Source: Puneet Kollipara, “How a group of conspiracy theorists could derail the debate over climate policy,” Washington Post, Jan. 22, 2015 . This post has several valuable outbound links if you wish to explore sky striping on your own.

“Pentagon forged financial documents amid failure to manage budget — investigation,” Russia Today, Nov. 18, 2013.  http://rt.com/usa/pentagon-numbers-doctored-treasury-922/

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