By David Tulis
Jets in the federal climate change program puffed their way over Hamilton County on Saturday to lay aloft a talcum powder-like material that spread across the sky in wispy clouds prior to the arrival of a storm system later in the day.
From Hixson at 10:30, dozens of jets were either visible or had left passage markings in a blue sky. I was delivering a son to another dad for a caving expedition at Books a Million along Highway 153. We looked up from that parking lot and from the Lowe’s lot nearby remarkable evidences of federal policy.
The plumes that scar the sky and dissipate into clouds are not mere water condensation — or contrails, which are created by superhot jet engines drinking in subzero-degree damp air at 40,000 feet. Water vapor trails are contrails, and generally dissipate rapidly.
I saw both kinds of trails this morning. I even saw one jet, seemingly at equal height to others, making no trail at all. Humidity is not the cause of the trailwork.
As many as 30 plumes were visible at any one time this morning and everytime I went out of my office to check, new ones had just been thrown from horizon to horizon.
New uses for utility waste
The federal program of weather modification diffuses coal fly ash, according to J. Raymond Herndon, who has advanced the story of stratospheric aerosol geoengineering in an important paper. In that scientific essay, which immediately caught academic flak and was retracted, he says jet leavings over San Diego are coal fly ash, a product of coal combustion in electricity-making plants run by TVA and other utilities.
If he is correct, the government is disseminating in aerosolized form a material strictly regulated as a pollutant under the Clean Air Act and prohibited from being tossed into the air from utility plant smoke stacks. Utilities scrub coal gas and trap most of it and dump it into landfills.
Coal fly ash is not a hazardous waste, but is regulated by the EPA and required to be kept under control and in a mud form, so that its tiny particles won’t take to the air in a breeze. Nonetheless, fly ash contains a mix of materials hazardous to breathing and ingesting, microsopic traces of aluminum, strontium and barium.
These materials are generally in the air in Hamilton County, though proof of their presence goes only up until Jan. 30. Funding for county air monitors has been cut off, and testing for these materials has ended, according to the Chattanooga Hamilton County air pollution control bureau.
The program operates in secret as a national security project. It is under wraps for its military interest, one perhaps even more sensitive than the government’s so-called war on terrorism. Climate change is even a greater threat to national security than ISIS and Muslim terrorism, according to President Obama in recent statements.
Veiled though it is in its operation, its landing fields, its purchasing, its loading up of material into jet aircraft, its operation is not difficult to discern; one simply has to look up.
Often the skies are treated prior to the arrival of storm fronts over Chattanooga. From 7:30 to about 3, jets crisscrossed the skies like madcap. Then storm clouds rolled across the city, but did not drop rain — at least not in Hixson and Soddy-Daisy. Treating a storm system with particulate is known to dissipate rainfall by preventing droplets from reaching a size big enough to fall. Raindrops fall when a speck of dust or other material gains enough water molecules upon it to drop to the earth below.
Sky striping picks up
Federal planners ignored Chattanooga the first 10 days of the month, according to my record of sky striping in Chattanooga. Things picked up after that. Jets dumped their toxic powder to dim the sunlight over the city Nov. 11 and 12, and on other dates: Nov. 14, 15, 16, 17 and 20.
Today is the 21st, the eighth day of treatment.
No local officials are known to have any concern about this official form of air pollution, poured out in the air residents breathe and no doubt affecting their respiratory and neurological health negatively.
— David Tulis hosts a talk show weekdays in Chattanooga from 9 to 11 a.m. on 1240 AM Hot News Talk Radio, covering local economy and free markets in Chattanooga and beyond. Support this site and his radio station on the real airwaves in Chattanooga, on your smartphone via the TuneIn radio app or at Hotnewstalkradio.com. You back David by patronizing his advertisers with specific reference to him. Even better, encourage independent media by having David run commercials for your business. Also, “buy me a coffee at the tip jar.”
Official pollution over Chattanooga, decade’s most important environmental story:
This video out of California shows two military planes at the same altitude performing stop-start spraying operations, making clear sky stripes are not contrails, but hydraulic aerosol emissions from storage tanks aboard jet aircraft. (http://socalskywatch.net)