EXPERIMENTAL WEATHER MODIFICATION BILL FAST TRACKING FOR PASSAGE IN
U.S. SENATE & HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
U.S. Senate Bill 517 and U.S. House Bill 2995, a bill that would allow experimental
weather modification by artificial methods and implement a national weather
modification policy, does not include agriculture or public oversight, is on
the “fast track” to be passed in 2006.
This bill is designed to implement experimental weather modification. The
appointed Board of Directors established by this bill does not include any agricultural,
water, EPA, or public representatives, and has no provisions for Congressional,
State, County, or public oversight of their actions or expenditures.
Weather Modification may adversely impact agricultural crops and water supplies.
If the weather is changed in one state, region or county it may have severe
consequences in another region, state or county. And who is going to decide
the type of weather modification experimentation and who it will benefit or
This experimental weather modification bill will impact residents across the
United States not just in California. Many current and ongoing weather modification
programs (80 listed by NOAA in 2005), including the one in Wyoming that is designed
to increase the snowpack, may be diverting rainwater away from Oklahoma and
Texas, two states that are currently fighting fires caused by a lack of rainfall.
We have no idea what the unintended consequences of the Wyoming action or other
experimental weather modification programs might be now or in the future.
In addition to the experimental weather modification programs listed by NOAA,
there are both private and ongoing government sponsored atmospheric testing
and heating programs underway in Alaska and across the United States. Alaska
Senator Stevens recently received $50 million in funding for Alaska’s
atmospheric heating program.
All of these unregulated, private, government, and public weather modification
programs, may also have unintended synergistic effects. Senate Bill 517 does
not address these issues but intends to implement more experimental weather
modification programs without a national debate or public oversight.
Artificial weather modification can impact all of us by reducing water supplies,
changing agricultural crop production cycles, reducing crop production, and
water availability. Since most experimental weather modification programs use
chemicals released into the atmosphere the public could be subjected increasingly
toxic or unknown substances that could adversely impact agricultural crops and
Trimethyl Aluminum (TMA) and barium are just two of the toxic chemicals used
in recent atmospheric heating and testing programs according to NASA. The Alaska
H.A.A.R.P. atmospheric heating program may have the capability of changing the
Jet Stream which could also change our weather.
Many private weather modification companies admit that precipitation effects
may be positive or negative. Fog dispersal programs, using dry ice, liquid nitrogen,
liquid propane or silver iodide may improve visibility while adversely impacting
Redwood Trees along the California coast by depriving them of needed water they
derive from the fog.
The increasing use of varied chemicals like aluminum (coupled with increasing
air pollution), can severely impact tree health by depriving trees of water
and nutrients normally absorbed through their root systems.
The December 2005 Popular Science Magazine discussed a plan to use an oil slick
to stop hurricanes without noting the adverse environmental impacts of the oil
used to cover the ocean.
Popular Science also noted that a private company, Dyn-O-Mat, plans to purchase
jets to drop thousands of pounds of a water absorbing chemical powder (unknown
substance), into hurricanes to absorb moisture that may dissipate hurricanes.
There is no agriculture oversight or public hearings to determine the consequences
of this and other actions or to monitor or prevent adverse impacts of this chemical
once it falls on the surface of the ocean or on land.
Alaska and other areas across the United States are beginning to feel the
impacts of climate change. Enormous changes are being seen in the declining
health of native plant and tree communities in many areas across the United
NASA noted in an October 2005 newsletter that increasingly persistent contrails
are “…trapping warmth in the atmosphere and exacerbating global
warming…” NASA goes on to note that: “…Any increase
in global cloud cover will contribute to long-term changes in Earth’s
climate. Likewise, any change in Earth’s climate may have effects on natural
Global dimming and the persistent contrails, that produce man-made clouds,
may have serious impacts on crop production. A recent corn crop study in Illinois
shows that cloud cover reduces corn crop production while direct sunlight increases
production. In addition, increasing man-made clouds may reduce the effectiveness
of solar panels.
Gil Smolin, an Avian Bird Flu expert, noted on the Ron Owens Show on KGO Radio
(January 5, 2006), that the flu was spread more quickly in the winter when there
was a “lack of sunlight”. Would man-made clouds be contributing
to the lack of sunlight which might cause the Avian Bird flu to spread more
quickly at other times of the year? Experimental weather modification programs
could also exacerbate this problem by changing climate patterns, increasing
man-made cloud cover, and changing our weather and climate patterns.
Senate Bill 517 does not address any of these important issues. Its sole purpose
is to establish an experimental weather modification policy without any agriculture
or public oversight of private, military, and government programs. Without oversight
or public hearings agriculture, our natural resources, and watersheds may be
negatively impacted. And who will be responsible to determine the synergistic
effects of these programs or pay for unintended disasters created by this experimentation.
If these programs change growing seasons and interrupt the pollination process
crop losses could be substantial exacerbating economic losses.
Please contact all of your elected local, state and federal officials to stop
this bill in its present form. This bill needs to have appropriate agriculture
and public oversight, with public hearings included, prior to any more experimental
projects. We need a national dialogue on this subject before more experimentation
For more information please contact:
Post Office Box 499
Redwood Valley, California 95470