Scientists just say no to 'chemtrails' conspiracy theory

Discussion in 'Earth Science' started by Plazma Inferno!, Aug 18, 2016.

  1. Plazma Inferno! Ding Ding Ding Ding Administrator

    One of the biggest conspiracy theories is one claiming that the government — or business, perhaps — is deploying a fleet of jet aircraft to spray chemicals into the sky to control the population, food supply or other things.
    As evidence, conspiracy theorists point to what they call “chemtrails,” which are more commonly known as contrails, or condensation trails, produced at high altitudes as water vapor in jet engine exhaust condenses and freezes.
    Adding fuel to the chemtrails theory is the fact that there are a few legitimate reasons for atmospheric spraying — “seeding” clouds to make rain, for example — and in recent years there has been some research on the idea of spraying chemicals as a potential way to fight global warming.
    But now, scientists have become more organized in their efforts to shoot down the idea, conducting a peer-reviewed study in Environmental Research Letters that debunks chemtrails supporters’ claims.
    The goal, the researchers say, is not so much to change the minds of hard-core believers, but to provide a rebuttal — the kind that would show up in a Google search — to persuade other people to steer clear of this idea.
    In the study, 77 scientists — experts in atmospheric chemistry and in the deposition of air pollutants — were shown some of this evidence and asked whether a chemical spraying program was the simplest explanation for it or whether there were others that were more straightforward.
    With the photographs, all of the experts chose science over conspiracy theory.

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  3. exchemist Valued Senior Member

    I can't hep thinking it is a mistake to dignify this silly idea with a formal rebuttal.
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  5. Ivan Seeking Registered Senior Member

    In a lot of cases that might be true. But when people are driven to the believe the Government is trying to kill or poison them, and given the power that conspiracy theories have today [they made Trump possible], it might be prudent to provide some sort of formal rebuttal to this stuff. Of course the scientists who wrote the paper are all being paid by the government that is trying to kill everyone! Damn!!! There is no escape.

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    I guess Trump really is the only hope to expose the secret hidden agenda.
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  7. Beer w/Straw Transcendental Ignorance! Valued Senior Member

    The t-virus from the Umbrella corporation?

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