The nation’s environmental watchdog on Monday overflew Chattanooga and Hamilton County in force in a visitation demonstrating its aerial prowess, trailing dozens of ash plumes over the city starting at daybreak. By 11 a.m., the jets’ task was complete, and they vanished.
A cloud blanket hovered along the city’s southeastern parts. During the afternoon, the sky was mostly clear blue as if nothing had happened.
By David Tulis / Noogaradio 92.7
Sky striping activity by the U.S. government appears to have diminished over the past several months, giving opponents of the ash deposit program occasion to wonder if President Trump has ordered an end to the solar radiation management program, one launched in the 1960s.
Monday’s overflights were remarkably intense, unlike other sky striping days in past months. But the schedule of cloud-creating treatments has been scaled back.
A record kept by this writer says jets trails negative emissions over the sky 13 days in June. In July, 11 days. In August, 7 days. In September, only five days. Monday was the third day of jet emissions in October, so it appears the slowdown in treatment continues.
Paul Barys and other weather monitors in Chattanooga dismiss sky striping as mere innocuous water vapor created by hot jet engines altering moist, cold air at high altitudes.
The program of using regulated pollutants to modify the weather is controversial. The government refuses to speak openly about the practice of weather modification using fly ash, a waste product of the coal-burning utilities such as TVA. And yet academia and government scientists such as David Keith of Harvard University and Ken Caldiera of Carnegie Institution in California are happy to discuss the future potential of sun-dimming cloud cover as an academic and theoretical ideal.
These insiders keep up appearances, even publishing a poll of scientists indicating that no scientist thinks such a program exists today.
Critics of the program, such as Dane Wigington of Geoengineeringwatch.org, warn of evil health effects from inhaling the highly regulated toxic waste and warn that government interference with normal weather patterns are responsible for extraordinary weather patterns in the past decade, including hurricanes, droughts, bizarre snowfalls and floods.
A major break in the story came in 2015 when an independent scientist, J. Marvin Herndon of San Diego, reported that the material being sprayed in cloud-forming long white tattoos is coal fly ash, a material highly agreeable for government use. It contains reflective metals and is light enough to remain airborne as an atmospheric reflector. It is also the fruit of utility recycling programs that allows it to be bought cheaply. American utilities produce more than 50 million tons of coal fly ash a year, with nearly half recycled into various products such as tarmac and wallboard.