Alan [On sabbatical for current academic year. The best way to contact me is by email, rob...@envsci.rutgers.edu, or at 732-881-1610 (cell).] Alan Robock, Professor II (Distinguished Professor) Editor, Reviews of Geophysics Director, Meteorology Undergraduate Program Associate Director, Center for Environmental Prediction Department of Environmental Sciences Phone: +1-732-932-9800 x6222 Rutgers University Fax: +1-732-932-8644 14 College Farm Road E-mail: rob...@envsci.rutgers.edu New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8551 USA http://envsci.rutgers.edu/~robock
|Subject:||Better brush up on your lies|
|Date:||Sat, 11 Feb 2012 06:35:28 -0800 (PST)|
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My experience talking with chemtrails folks a good fraction are positive and well intentioned, and a quite small fraction are hostile.
Here is a video that a group of chemtrails folks took and posted when they came to talk with me. You get a good sense of the range concerns:
The Chemtrails believers are one extreme of a continuum. Here is some text on the topic from a short book I am writing:
Critiques of geoengineering arise from diverse world views, indeed some of the strongest critical voices come from diametrically opposed ends of the political spectrum. Passions run very hot. To cite a vivid personal example, I have had one death threat that was serious enough to warrant a call to the police, and received many outraged comments by colleagues whom I respect. The most extreme critiques (and the death threat) come from people who are convinced by the chemtrails conspiracy theory which holds that the US government is deliberately spraying its citizens with toxins from aircraft. Believers claim that metals such as aluminum and barium are sprayed from commercial aircraft for purposes that are alleged to range from mass culling the human population to mind control. These views are wildly held, one sixth of respondents in a large public survey we ran in Canada, Brittan and the US believed that is was partially or completely true that “The government has a secret program that uses airplanes to put harmful chemicals into the air.”
Our poll found that people are more likely to oppose geoengineering if they are skeptical of government authority and self-identify with right end of the political spectrum. While chemtrails believers are clearly an extreme, they are a coherent part of a continuum that includes a much larger group who believe that climate risks are being exaggerated by the environmental left as an excuse to justify further extension of state power at the expense of individual freedoms. To overstate it, this view sees geoengineering as a tool used by a technocratic, transnational, and godless elite who have concocted both the climate threat and the geoengineering response as a means to extend their power.