We complain about our politicians who ignore science and legislate based upon nonsensical ideas. The Americans, British, and Australians have their share as well. Here’s an example from Sweden, where one Swedish MP launched an official government investigation into the existence of chemtrails.
“I can’t speak for other MPs, but I’ve had many, many calls over the past eight years about chemtrails. And these questions are not so easy to answer,” Jan Lindholm, Green Party MP, told The Local.
The queries came from Swedes who were “worried and afraid” about the white trails behind aeroplanes. Many callers were concerned, he said, that the planes were leaving poisonous gases./blockquote>
He didn’t know the answer, so he spent some money to find out.
Lindholm, tired of getting the same questions and not knowing how to answer them, took matters into his own hands.
He contacted Sweden’s weather agency SMHI, the Swedish Civil Aviation Administration (Luftfartsverket) and the air force. Unsatisfied with their responses, he requested an official probe from Sweden’s Parliamentary Investigative Service (Riksdagens Utredningstjänst, RUT).
He could have saved some money by spending a few minutes on the internet, or asked an aide to do the search for him. Once you bypass the conspiracy sites, the answers become very simple.
Even Wikipedia has a summary of the conspiracy and the facts.
According to the chemtrail conspiracy theory, some trails left in the sky by high-flying aircraft are chemical or biological agents deliberately sprayed for sinister purposes undisclosed to the general public. Believers in the theory argue that airplanes don’t leave long-lasting contrails under normal conditions, but their arguments have been dismissed by the scientific community: such trails are simply normal water-based contrails (condensation trails) which are routinely left by high-flying aircraft under certain atmospheric conditions. Although proponents have attempted to prove that the claimed chemical spraying does take place, their analyses have been flawed or based on misconception.
Because of the widespread popularity of the conspiracy theory, official agencies have received many inquiries from people demanding an explanation. Scientists and government officials around the world have repeatedly responded that supposed chemtrails are in fact nothing but normal contrails.
The term chemtrail is a portmanteau of the words “chemical” and “trail”, just as contrail is a contraction of “condensation trail”. Believers in the conspiracy theory speculate that the purpose of the claimed chemical release may be for solar radiation management, psychological manipulation, human population control, weather modification, or biological orchemical warfare, and that the trails are causing respiratory illnesses and other health problems. Contrails are formed at high altitudes (5-10 miles or 8-16 km) and if any chemicals were released at such altitude they would disperse harmlessly and fall many hundreds of miles away, or degrade before touching the ground.
A little bit of scientific literacy goes a long way. On the up side, he did accept the scientific answer, unlike some of our entire governing party.