UPDATE on how it went. See below.
Our congresspeople waste a lot of time on nonsense like UFOs. Here is some more. People around Lake Havasu are complaining about “chemtrails” (really condensation trails from planes) which has prompted the Arizona senator to set up a forum.
State Sen. Kelli Ward will entertain conspiracy theories on Wednesday regarding the faint clouds of condensed jet exhaust that have been plaguing the skies over Lake Havasu for years, according to the Havasu News newspaper.
Residents of the remote desert community have inundated Ward with letters, emails and phone calls over the years demanding answers on white streaks in the sky and if they’re connected to the higher than normal levels of mercury in their blood.
“There has been a sense that no one has been doing anything for them to address those concerns,” Ward told the Havasu News.
This is her job – to answer to her constituents. It does appear that she will have actual experts on hand to explain how condensation trails form in the sky and that there is ZERO evidence for their conspiratorial ideas that they are being poisoned.
Residents should be asked to provide evidence for their claims of mercury. But from there, to connect the mercury to some government conspiracy (other than other many normal causes), will be a tough job.
Honestly, I don’t think any forum will help. People who believe such insane speculation aren’t being rational. They didn’t rationalize themselves into the idea, no one else can rationalize them out. The naysayers yell that the government isn’t telling them everything. How about considering there is nothing to tell. Ask them what evidence would they need to accept that these are not poisonous clouds but normal aircraft trails. Would you bet they wouldn’t have an answer to that? I would. Nothing with convince them to part with their invested belief because that would leave them looking stupid.
Here is a great resource: Contrail Science.
Tip: Ray Gorman
Citing a belief that the U.S. government is filling the sky over their desert community with chemicals, while referring to work of conspiracy theorist Russell Blaylock, western Arizona residents attended a hearing on chemtrails on Wednesday to voice their concerns.
With one woman stating, “We’re being sprayed like bugs and it’s really not okay,” Sherrie Zendri, a policy specialist with the Arizona state environmental agency attempted to explain to the audience that her department has no jurisdiction over airplanes, which falls under the purview of the Federal Aviation Administration.
They cite a ton of speculation, unfounded ideas about spray nozzles on planes and quote from their internet sources. The entire hearing is available to watch. I’m sorry I can’t manage to get through that. But from previous experience with public meeting and paranoid citizens, it sounds like a typical meeting of talking past each other. Of course, there would be no resolution when you can’t agree on basic foundational facts. So, I’m not clear this sort of thing helps at all.