Conspiracy Theory: Chemtrails
Whats the Deal?
Contrails, or condensation trails, are “streaks of condensed water vapor created in the air by an airplane or rocket at high altitudes.” According to the chemtrail conspiracy theory, long-lasting trails left in the sky by high-flying aircraft are Chemical and/or Biological agents deliberately sprayed for sinister purposes undisclosed to the general public. Believers in the theory argue that normal contrails dissipate relatively quickly, and contrails that do not dissipate must contain additional substances. Because of the popularity of this theory official agencies across the world face regular enquiries from the public demanding an explanation. The chemtrails are thought to be used for various nefarious purposes such as weather control; population control; psychological manipulation; solar radiation management; suoer-weapon preparation (more on this another time); even biological/chemical warfare.
Where did it come from?
According to Wikipedia the conspiracy started some time in the 1990’s by investigative journalists and was then picked up and promoted by radio personalities on late night radio. USAF officials were accused of spraying “mysterious substances” on the US public. This was evidenced with trails that lasted longer than “normal contrails”. In Canada, a petition was lodged with the Canadian government concerning the “adverse health effects of high altitude aerial spraying”. They responded stating: “There is no substantiated evidence, scientific or otherwise, to support the allegation that there is high altitude spraying conducted in Canadian airspace. The term ‘chemtrails’ is a popularised expression, and there is no scientific evidence to support their existence.” Official statements on the non-existence of chemtrails have not discouraged the conspiracy theorists however.
As one of the more popular conspiracies out there, there is a lot of support for it. Whilst on holiday in Wales, visiting the tallest waterfall in Wales, I encountered a tourist information wrack. Normally stuffed with info on other attractions that are nearby, I found that each section had a small leaflet stuck in the front about chemtrails. This was a while ago now and I no longer have it (as I took one) otherwise I would show you it. Here are some links to supporters websites and videos:
Alongside the hardcore believers, there are those that will equally vehemently cry “No!” Sometimes they can be quite vitriolic! I find it odd the level of trouble some people will go to to disprove something another person believes. OFten than for no other reason than “because”
So there you have it. The first Conspiracy Theory I thought I would share with you. Let me know what you think. Is “The Government” spraying chemicals into the atmosphere? Is it part of a plan to depopulate the planet? Or a weapon used against Aliens in a secret war? Feel free to comment! Personally, I’m open minded about it. I would say its possible something is being sprayed about in the air. But I feel its way more likely to be rubbish. The government cannot keep their own expenses secret after all.