“Chemtrail” conspiracy theories are full of hot air

Aug 08, 2018, 7:42 AM EDT
(Source: Raymond Shobe/flickr)
(Source: Raymond Shobe/flickr)

About 40 percent of Americans believe that “chemtrail” theories – the claim that the condensation trails left by aircrafts are the chemicals being sprayed by geoengineers to alter the climate system – to be “completely” or “somewhat” true.

Such propaganda theories, frequenting the social media space, fuel misinformation, overshadow the real efforts and plans for geoengineering, spark skepticism and pollute what should be a healthy public debate, reports MIT Technology Review.

Harvard geoengineering researcher David Keith, deeply concerned over such mainstreaming of chemtrail conspiracy theories, says the researcher community ought to actively engage in debates even if they appear needless in the first place.

On the other end of the spectrum, Suzanne Maher, founder of “Bye Bye Blue Sky,” a group to expose “chemtrails,” is offended by the phrase "conspiracy theory," which she says is designed by the CIA to vilify those who question the government, notes the BBC.