Free Thought Project
August 18, 2015
Persistent jet contrails are commonly seen in clear blue skies, begging the question as to their purpose. It is now thought that these contrails could represent efforts by government to combat global warming.
Through aerosolized spraying of certain substances in the stratosphere or troposphere, it is possible to reflect more sunlight back into space, thereby acting to cool the planet. This mimics large volcanic eruptions which have repeatedly cooled Earth’s climate for brief periods throughout its history. The eruption of Mount Pinatubo was the biggest such event in recent times.
As far as geoengineering goes, reflecting more sunlight away from the planet would be far less costly than removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and would work much faster.
Some scientists have called for aerial spraying—or Solar Radiation Management (SRM)—to begin, but it seems that more have warned against this avenue, at least until much more research has been conducted. There are serious concerns that deliberate attempts to cool the climate with SRM could bring unwanted effects on weather patterns, and could even be used as a weapon by governments.
While the scientific community debates these things, it appears that governments and other interests may have plowed ahead without waiting for the answers.
A study published this month in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is suggesting that geoengineering has already begun, and the substance being used is a toxic by-product of coal burning call coal-fly ash.
“The widespread, intentional and increasingly frequent chemical emplacement in the troposphere has gone unidentified and unremarked in the scientific literature for years. The author presents evidence that toxic coal combustion fly ash is the most likely aerosolized particulate sprayed by tanker-jets for geoengineering, weather-modification and climate-modification purposes and describes some of the multifold consequences on public health. Two methods are employed: (1) Comparison of 8 elements analyzed in rainwater, leached from aerosolized particulates, with corresponding elements leached into water from coal fly ash in published laboratory experiments, and (2) Comparison of 14 elements analyzed in dust collected outdoors on a high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter with corresponding elements analyzed in un-leached coal fly ash material. The results show: (1) the assemblage of elements in rainwater and in the corresponding experimental leachate are essentially identical. At a 99% confidence interval, they have identical means (T-test) and identical variances (F-test); and (2) the assemblage of elements in the HEPA dust and in the corresponding average un-leached coal fly ash are likewise essentially identical. The consequences on public health are profound, including exposure to a variety of toxic heavy metals, radioactive elements, and neurologically-implicated chemically mobile aluminum released by body moisture in situ after inhalation or through transdermal induction.”
Why coal-fly ash? The answer could lie in the fact that coal companies have giant stockpiles of this waste product and have immense influence in the halls of government. Coal-fly ash consists of micron and sub-micron particles, ideal for aerosolized spraying, and it is effective at blocking sunlight.
It’s one of four big waste products that coal companies are forced to deal with, instead of dumping into the atmosphere and waterways like they did for decades before. Coal-fly ash is the second-largest industrial waste stream in the U.S and is likely stockpiled in every state.
Coal companies have actively tried to promote the use of this major waste stream for other purposes, including “additives to Portland cement, agricultural soil amendments, replacement for compacted backfills, mine reclamation, melting river ice, and as subsurface for roads.”
They may have found a willing co-conspirator in national governments. The U.S. military is not new to weather modification. It conducted programs like Project Popeye (1967-1971) in Vietnam, which extended the monsoon season and flooded the enemy’s supply routes.
The author calls for further studies to confirm this shocking find. Toxic coal-fly ash would pose significant dangers to the health of humans and the environment. It contains leachable toxins and has been described as more radioactive than nuclear waste.
“The ultra-fine particles of aerosolized coal fly ash do not remain at tanker-jet operational altitudes: they mix with and pollute the air people breathe. Tropospheric aerosol coal fly ash can potentially endanger humans through two primary routes: (1) ingestion of rainwater-extract of coal fly ash toxins, directly or after concentration by evaporation and (2) particulate intake through inhalation or through contact with the eyes or skin.”
Arsenic and aluminum pose particularly big threats to human and environmental health. The health hazards of coal-fly ash are documented in this report from Physicians for Social Responsibility.
Besides the toxicity of coal-fly ash, there is the overarching issue of climate engineering through aerosolized spraying. Scientists have warned that going through with this could bring profound changes to precipitation patterns, severely disrupting ecosystems and depriving human populations of drinking water.
According to the author, coal-fly ash could exacerbate this situation.
“In addition to preventing water droplets from coalescing and growing large enough to fall to Earth, coal fly ash, which formed under anhydrous conditions, will hydrate, trapping additional moisture thus further acting to prevent rainfall. That may cause drought in some areas, floods in others, crop failure, forest die-offs, and adverse ecological impacts, especially in conjunction with the chemically-mobile-aluminum contamination from coal fly ash. The consequences ultimately may have devastating effects on habitats and reduce human food production.”
This article was posted: Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 11:23 am