What is the Government Putting in Our Air?

Staff Writer: Sam Platko

What started as a conspiracy theory online has now turned in to everyone believing it’s true. The jet trails that aircraft leave behind, are starting to be called chemtrails. Chemtrails are visible trails left in the sky by an aircraft and are believed to consist of chemical agents released to bring sickness or to change the weather. Theories say that the government has control over the weather by releasing small particles in the form of trails. Others say that they release forms of sicknesses into the atmosphere to get us sick. This in turn leads to the buying of medication and keeps pharmacies in business. It also keeps doctors’ offices and hospitals open, which makes sense why the government would do this.


Chemtrails differ from clouds in the sky and look like jet trails. Photo Courtesy: Creative Commons

The trail of clouds that follow behind an airplane, streaking across the sky, can be aesthetic for children and adults both. Jet engine trails have become so common that it’s not unusual to see several lingering streaks in the skies on an everyday basis. Though many think these cloudy bands are beautiful against a bright blue sky, others are alarmed by their lingering in the clouds. Art teacher at Woodstock High School, Mrs. Thompson, said, “I love looking at the sunrise and sunset and see what God has to paint each time. I would hate to see people mess this up with these fake looking clouds and harmful chemicals. Some people with concerns believe these cloudy trails are also causing global warming, while others have more elaborate theories, including that governments are secretly releasing harmful substances into the air and land via airplanes.

Before we get into the various theories about the possible harmful effects of these contrails, let’s discuss the scientific explanation for these trails. Jet engines spew out very hot air, and because water vapor is also one of the byproducts of the exhaust, the air is also very humid. However, high in the atmosphere where these jets fly, the air is typically very cold and below -40 degrees Fahrenheit. Additionally, the atmosphere at that height has low vapor pressure, or the force exerted by a gas on the surrounding environment.


When a jet engine is emitting out hot, humid air into an atmosphere that is so cold and has low vapor pressure, the result is condensation. The water vapor coming out of the engine quickly condenses into water droplets and then crystallizes into ice. The ice crystals are the clouds that we see forming behind the engine. That is why the streaks we see are called contrails, short for “condensation trails.”


Many believe the government is responsible for chemtrails. Photo Courtesy: Creative Commons


To help explain it, scientists liken it to seeing your breath on cold days. You may have noticed that puffs of breath dissipate quickly on drier days. The same is true of contrails: When the atmosphere is more humid, the contrails linger longer, but when the atmosphere is dry, the contrails disappear more quickly. Contrails can last for hours and cover great distances in the sky. As author and airline pilot Patrick Smith said, “The contrails consist of not just ice crystals and water vapor, but also of other byproducts of engine exhaust, including carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides, sulfate particles and soot. Some point out that these, in addition to the extra cloud cover, can have negative environmental effects. And conspiracy theorists have nicknamed contrails “chemtrails” because they suspect that governments are taking advantage of this scientific phenomenon to secretly release other substances into the atmosphere.”

This chemtrails idea is getting more and more uncovered with big celebrities talking about this and rappers putting it into their songs. Rapper from the United Kingdom called out scientists for geoengineering and putting nano technology in the clouds. Kodak Black, famous rapper in the United States, sang in a song about how the government controls the rain and how they created Hurricane Harvey. Kodak finds himself with seven alleged charges, facing 20 or more years and many believe these random accusations are false and are made up due to his eye-opening lyrics.

Jack Vasquez, Senior at Woodstock, said,” I’m an advocate of good rap music and hearing Kodak talk about weather control was kind of eye opening to me in the song Spar.” Kylie Jenner tweeted a picture of chemtrails in the sky and asked questions like “Who pays for this?” and asking, “Why does it keep happening?


 Famous celebrities are wrapping their heads around the idea that the government isn’t telling us everything. Photo Courtesy: Creative Commons

” For the price tag of $80,000 – $100,000, there are multiple companies that guarantee rain-free weddings around the world. It is done by aircraft spraying nano-sized heavy metals into the air, and then multi-trillion watt beams of electromagnetic frequencies from HAARP stations are aimed at the particles, enabling them to manipulate cloud cover, precipitation and more. Senior at Woodstock, Grace Barham, said,” I would love for my wedding day to be sunny and clear skies without rain, but I would never pay money for that.”


 Weddings usually have to be placed inside due to rain, but companies offer rain-free weddings. Photo Courtesy: Creative Commons

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