Sen. Johnny Isakson Said There Is No Truth To Chemtrail Conspiracy
POSTED: 10:30 pm EST February 13, 2011
UPDATED: 11:11 pm EST February 13, 2011
ATLANTA -- "It's not happening," said Senator Johnny Isakson regarding a conspiracy theory that the government is poisoning Americans with chemicals sprayed by planes. CBS Atlanta questioned Isakson about the theory after it received thousands of e-mails from people convinced it is happening. The e-mails followed a story CBS Atlanta aired on the chemtrail conspiracy theory on Feb. 2.
Chemtrails is a word theorists use to describe some white lines left by jets in the sky. They believe the particles in the white lines are actually bits of heavy metals like aluminum, barium and strontium. Jet contrails are actually made of water vapor that's released by a plane's engine and freezes in high altitudes. A group of folks from Metro Atlanta met with CBS Atlanta to talk about their concerns about chemtrails. Many fear the chemicals can cause serious health issues.
Rich Clarke of Atlanta said, "The aluminum is showing up, the barium is showing up, the strontium is showing up in rain water and we don't know how it's getting there." But these folks are convinced it is a top secret government conspiracy. They said they can spot chemtrails because they last longer than normal contrails and make various lines and designs.
Andrea Lyle of Fayetteville said, "I want to know when they're going to tell the public exactly what they're doing." Some believe the government may be spraying chemicals with the intention of controlling weather to combat global warming.
"Please Senator Isakson, make a statement in public, in front of God and country and let us know what this is. What is going on?" pleaded Carl Swensson of Stockbridge.
"I know nothing about that," said Sen. Isakson. "I think that's a theory some people have but there's no evidence it's happening. And it's not happening."
Scientists have talked about and studied the idea of using chemicals to modify the weather. It is called geoengineering. It is not an idea Isakson said he supports. "I believe in the creation of the Earth by God and I believe Mother Nature takes care of our atmosphere. It's up to us to live within it and protect it, not try to change it," said Isakson.
But these folks are part of a growing international movement found in large part on the Internet that believes geoengineering is happening now. Various government agencies have denied it for years. When asked how they respond to people who think they are crazy, Clarke responded, "I think being skeptical is a good thing. I think one should go out and try to find it out for themselves."
CBS meteorologist Justin Lock looked at videos of so-called chemtrails and said there is nothing that led him to believe they are anything more than jet contrails made of frozen water vapor.