December 29, 2012 at 3:15 pm ·
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The primary premise of the “chemtrails” conspiracy theory – that ordinary contrails can’t persist for long periods of time, and thus any trails that do are evidence of chemical spraying – is provably false. Contrails can indeed persist for hours when a plane travels through the right atmospheric conditions. This has been documented both in popular media and in the scientific literature for as long as there’s been high-altitude air travel. Do a literature search for the term “persistent contrails”. Plenty of papers on this topic from the 1950s to today.
Aluminum is the most abundant metal, and the third-most abundant element in the earth’s crust. It is naturally 7-8% of soil on average, much higher in some areas. It has always ended up in air and rainwater via airborne dust. Even the link you give in the article states that “Aluminum occurs naturally in soil, water, and air.” Indeed, it is so commonly found in samples that it is often used by scientists as a reference element, to determine what proportion of other elements in samples comes from the earth’s crust as opposed to other sources – the “crustal enrichment factor”. Barium and strontium are also naturally-occurring in soil and dust, as shown by decades of results reported in scientific journals.
The makers of this movie made no attempt to establish what are “normal” levels of these elements, and instead assume that any results are abnormal (and further, assume that they must have been released aerially). The only really high-sounding results they present came from dirty summer snowpack and pond sludge – both of which naturally have a lot of soil, and thus a lot of aluminum.
Aluminum toxicity has always been a problem with crops in some areas. This is primarily due not to the amount of aluminum in the soil (again, there is normally a lot), but rather the soil pH; when the pH is very low (acidic), aluminum becomes more soluble as Al+++ ions, and that’s when Al toxicity can be an issue for some plants. Some parts of the world have very acidic soil on otherwise good agricultural land, thus the push for aluminum-resistant varieties. Ironically, this film claims that the “spray” is increasing soil pH (making it more alkaline), which if true would make Al toxicity LESS of a problem.
This leaves the geoengineering proposals. Scientists are indeed discussing and studying the possibility of solar radiation management (SRM) programs for the future. However, nowhere is there any evidence that there is an SRM program currently ongoing. In fact, the very same scientists who are misrepresented in this film are on record saying that we should NOT start such a program now.
Rather than writing an article which just describes the claims made in this film, why not do just a little bit of background research into whether those claims are accurate?