What's the truth behind those 'chemtrails' over Kamloops?

YOU ASKED:On a clear day, I can look up and see chemtrails in the sky. From what I've read online, these aren't made by jets. They crisscross and hang in the sky for at least one hour. What are they and what's in them?

- Katherina

OUR ANSWER:Debate has been raging on this issue since 1998, when investigative journalist William Thomas was the first to pose the theory of chemtrails. (In fact, he was the one who coined the term.)

Thomas lives on Hornby Island and is the author of the book Chemtrails Confirmed.

"These highly reflective particles, spread by high-flying U.S. military tanker aircraft, have been observed over Kamloops and many other cities in the British Columbia Interior, as well as cities across North America and overseas since at least 1998 when I first began reporting on this phenomena," said Thomas in a telephone interview with Readers' Reporter Catherine Litt.

In the late '90s, he reported that those long, lingering plumes in the sky were chemical trails created by a top-secret military operation designed to alter the Earth's climate.

In a series of taped interviews with a senior air traffic control manager in the U.S., Thomas says he learned that the military was flying missions to disperse chemicals into the atmosphere.

Thomas says lab analysis of chemtrail fallout in Edmonton and other locations in North America showed a high percentage of barium and aluminum oxide and, in some cases, quartz particulate.

"The aluminum matches, precisely, the Hughes patent for the 'stratospheric seeding' of reflective particles to deflect incoming sunlight and cool the planet," Thomas told our Readers' Reporter.

"The barium in our lab tests matches published U.S. Air Force experiments to conduct radio and radar beams over the horizon and are even more reflective than glass."

In other words: sunblock for the Earth.

Thomas said the notion of a "planetary sunscreen" dates back to the late Dr. Edward Teller, father of the atomic bomb, who, in 1998, suggested a scientific solution to the problem of global warming.

When Thomas first went public about chemtrails and the theory of a secret military operation, he faced plenty of critics. He has managed to gain support over the years, but there are still many who claim the idea is merely a conspiracy theory.

"The idea that chemtrails menace us from the skies isn't just absurd. There's simply no real evidence for it," writes Phil Elmore on the website World Net Daily.

"The 'proof' that is presented for the existence of chemtrails can easily be debunked or dismissed."

Elmore and others insist those lines in the sky are jet contrails, nothing more.

The website www.abovetopsecret.com contains a lengthy discussion among its readers, one of whom writes: "Temperature and humidity determine whether any contrail forms at all, and if so how long it lasts. In some cases contrail may last all day and merge with natural high-level clouds. This is very basic meteorology. Shame it's not taught at school really as if it were the chemtrail hoax might never have caught on."

Our own Jim Steele at Environment Canada's weather centre in Kamloops is also critical of the theory.

"It's exhaust from an airplane," said Steele.

"Depending on the atmosphere at the time, sometimes you'll see a contrail from an aircraft â and that's just the exhaust from the burning of the jet engines. In fuel, there's a certain amount of water vapour. Sometimes it's visible for long streaks and sometimes it's not. They're not throwing chemicals and poisoning the Earth or people, no, I don't think so."

If your interest is piqued, as ours was after probing both sides of the issue, you can find more information on William Thomas' website willthomasonline.net. You can also do a Google search on "chemtrails debunked" and find plenty of arguments against Thomas' theory.

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A special thank-you to Doug Lavoie, who kindly allowed us to use the photographs he snapped in June over Kamloops. We sent four of Lavoie's photos to Will Thomas for his analysis. You can read Thomas' comments on each photo in the online version of this story at www.kamloopsnews.ca. The story will be posted under the Readers' Reporter section.

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