Looking skyward comes as second nature to Bill Vander Zalm.
When you’re in the plant business, as he is, what’s in the heavens is important, be it “rain, sunshine, or some foreign thing,” the former B.C. premier explains.
A number of days ago, he filed freedom-of-information requests asking both federal and provincial governments whether they’ve been engaged in some sort of climate-control engineering.
Vander Zalm wants to know whether chemicals are being sprayed by aircraft, leaving visible, cloudlike trails in the skies. Many observers call these “chemtrails”.
If no such thing is happening, and the trails are nothing but condensation (or “contrails”) left by passing planes, Vander Zalm wants to hear that officially.
The federal and provincial governments have confirmed receipt of his request, the former premier said.
“Governments will go ahead and do things, particularly in the name of climate control or, you know, for the sake of agriculture or whatever other excuse they can use,” Vander Zalm told the Straight by phone. “They’ll keep it a secret, and they’ll go ahead and do it anyway.”
As a meteorologist with Environment Canada, David Jones has dealt with many inquiries from the public about condensation trails.
“It’s a waste of energy to pursue these things,” Jones told the Straight by phone.
The Vancouver-based weather expert said there’s nothing there but water vapour. “It’s really just plain stupid to think that you could alter the climate by, you know, somehow using aircraft to drop tiny droplets or particles in the massive volume that the atmosphere is,” Jones said. “I mean, it’s just ridiculous.”
A rally against “geoengineering and chemtrails” will be held on Sunday (August 25) outside the Vancouver Art Gallery, starting at 2 p.m. Vander Zalm said that he will not be able to attend.