Vermont’s most notorious eco-scold Annette Smith is known for walking a fine line between activist and crackpot. She manages to retain a measure of political clout in spite of her habit of brandishing cherry-picked junk science in her perpetual battle against wind turbines, solar arrays, and anything else big, shiny, or corporate that might dare to penetrate the borders of our green and pleasant land.
For those who think the “crackpot” label is excessively mean, consider this: Annette Smith is, or has been, a proponent of the ultra-fringey “chemtrail” theory. In that, she is a full-fledged member of the Tinfoil Hat Brigade.
In case you hadn’t heard (lucky you), chemtrails are supposedly secret chemical seedings of the atmosphere from high-flying jets. The purpose is either mind control or poisoning the people or geoengineering or fomenting climate change in the service of globalism or the fossil fuel industry or — well, pick your own secret government plot.
Of course, they’re really nothing but contrails: lengths of harmless water vapor that typically disperse within a few minutes.
But if you believe that, you’re just one of the SHEEPLE who has yet to realize THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE!!!!!!!
I’ll provide examples of Smith’s chemtrail advocacy below. But just in case I need to explain the relevance, well, as a good lawyer might say, “it goes to the witness’ credibility.” If she believes in something as loony-tunes as chemtrails, why should we take her seriously on wind or solar energy?
Okay kids, now take a deep drag on your hookah and follow me into Wonderland…
This is a screenshot of a post by Smith, apparently since deleted, on the Facebook page of Gaelan Brown, chemtrail alarmist and advocate of Vermont independence (and also, apparently, an anti-vaxxer and a 9/11 Truther):
The link is to a chemtrail-conspiracy video that “exposes” the truth about…
The international program [that] involves spraying aluminum, barium, strontium and other toxic chemicals from airplanes at high altitudes that then fall to the ground, ending up in our bodies, our water, our soil and the air we breathe.
Nope, sorry, it’s just water vapor. That’s all. I do appreciate the “international” reference, which puts this into New World Order/Black Helicopter/Elders of Zion territory.
(The screenshot of the Facebook page doesn’t have a visible date, but the video was posted in April of 2014, so it wasn’t that long ago that Annette Smith was actively promoting chemtrail theory.)
Now, the video seeks to differentiate contrails from “chemtrails.” The former dissipate quickly in the atmosphere; the latter are more long-lasting, allegedly because of their heavy metal content.
Which brings us to our other example of Annette Smith writing about the chemtrail conspiracy. In it, she writes about listening to VPR’s “Eye in the Sky” while driving; the report said that the sky was clear and cloudless… but she kept noticing white trails across the sky.
… When I got home I posted them on the Facebook page of “The Eye on the Sky” and asked “what is it?” No response. There have been subsequent Facebook posts but nobody has responded to the question.
Well, of course. Mark Breen is obviously in on the plot.
I contacted one meteorologist in 2011 after photographing similar “clouds” in the sky, and he wrote, “The clouds formations in the pictures that you sent to the station are cirrus clouds, generated by air plane contrails. If the atmosphere is very dry at the level where the plane is traveling, the contrail will often dissipate. However, if moisture is available, the cirrus cloud generated by the contrail will maintain itself and gradually expand. Simple as that.”
Yeah, well, Annette’s not buying your bland reassurances and your “science”, Mr. Probably United Nations-Funded Anonymous Meteorologist. Because right after that, she went on like so:
In one sense I don’t care what it’s from, it is air pollution and it’s a problem.
Uh, no, it’s not “air pollution.” It’s cirrus clouds. Which are made of — stop me if you’ve heard this before — water vapor.
She goes on to state, as if it was established fact, that these toxic “chemicals are now being sprayed without our consent and are actually trapping the warming and increasing climate change at a much faster rate than would otherwise occur.”
She doesn’t ever actually say “The Truth Is Out There,” but she might as well.
All you have to do is look up on a day that is supposed to have a clear blue sky and notice that something is happening to our atmosphere. It is widespread throughout the globe, and we are not talking about it.
… for some reason we as a population are not supposed to discuss it lest we be labelled as wackos, members of the tin hat society or, yes, “extremists”.
No, it’s not because you might be labelled as wackos. It’s because you ARE wackos.
Below is the entirety of Smith’s piece, so you may judge the quality of her reasoning for yourself. Perhaps you’ll bear it in mind the next time she talks or writes about the hidden dangers of wind turbines and solar panels.
If Ms. Smith would like to expound further on the subject of chemtrails, she is, as always, welcome to post a comment.
Annette Smith writes:
Last Sunday (Easter) I was driving back from Poultney listening to Vermont Public Radio and “The Eye in the Sky” came on. The meteorologist talked about the clear blue sky and he said the only clouds were in southern Quebec. I had my camera with me so I took photographs of the sky all along the trip from Poultney to Tinmouth. You can see them here:https://plus.google.com/photos/114098560210816181304/albums/6004432903924547889?banner=pwa&authkey=CPrhl-Pnr_–hwE. (I took similar photos on Friday, April 25).
When I got home I posted them on the Facebook page of “The Eye on the Sky” and asked “what is it?” No response. There have been subsequent Facebook posts but nobody has responded to the question. I looked at the airplane activity, there are several websites, and there were no “official” flights over this area of Vermont during the time I was photographing or for hours before or after.
Some people want to argue about whether or not geoengineering is taking place, and claim that what I photographed on that beautiful clear blue sky Easter Sunday is normal airplane contrail activity. I contacted one meteorologist in 2011 after photographing similar “clouds” in the sky, and he wrote, “The clouds formations in the pictures that you sent to the station are cirrus clouds, generated by air plane contrails. If the atmosphere is very dry at the level where the plane is traveling, the contrail will often dissipate. However, if moisture is available, the cirrus cloud generated by the contrail will maintain itself and gradually expand. Simple as that.”
In one sense I don’t care what it’s from, it is air pollution and it’s a problem. As someone who relies on solar power, I will note that this activity, whatever its cause, is resulting in dimming the sun. The BBC did a documentary in 2012 about the phenomenon (it does not mention geoengineering) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmywf7a9OlI.
One assumption based on that documentary appears to be that if “we” (governments? private industry?) allow the planet to behave “naturally”, unless humans get involved to inhibit the sun’s impact on the planet, global warming will take off so it is necessary to spray substances that reflect back the sun’s rays.
Geoengineering proponent David Keith of Harvard talks about the “potential” in this Ted talk from 2007:http://www.ted.com/talks/david_keith_s_surprising_ideas_on_climate_change
Others counter that the chemicals are now being sprayed without our consent and are actually trapping the warming and increasing climate change at a much faster rate than would otherwise occur.
Yet another assumption is that the spraying of toxic chemicals is intended by the global elite to sicken and depopulate the planet.
Readers may observe that this is not a discussion taking place in mainstream media. As noted above, meteorologists either give a pat answer that it is a natural phenomenon of airplane activity (something we never saw as kids growing up) or they do not respond.
All you have to do is look up on a day that is supposed to have a clear blue sky and notice that something is happening to our atmosphere. It is widespread throughout the globe, and we are not talking about it. There have been demonstrations against geoengineeringhttp://globalmarchagainstchemtrailsandgeoengineering.com/, there are movies on youtube (What, Why and Who in the World Are They Spraying On Us), websites on geoengineeringhttp://www.geoengineeringwatch.org/, but for some reason we as a population are not supposed to discuss it lest we be labelled as wackos, members of the tin hat society or, yes, “extremists”.
Missing from the discussions about CO2 emissions and climate change are the larger issues about the elite, the less than 1% who are keeping us in the dark, literally and figuratively, while keeping us hooked on fossil fuels and making sure all new technologies that would free us from fossil fuels never make it to market. Ask yourself why we are using energy technologies developed 100 years ago when there have been huge technological breakthroughs in other areas.
In many ways, the focus on CO2 emissions is part of the problem, as it deflects us from talking about the bigger problems our planet is facing, as the economic forces coalesce to enrich themselves through fossil fuel extraction and promoting war at the expense of humanity and our planet.
The good news is that we can get beyond fighting about nuclear power, wind turbines and solar panels, and yes, have more fun and laugh more, if we focus our energies on exposing and toppling the fossil fuel oligarchs and building a new, peaceful society. We are in a time of great transition, which can happen quickly and go either way at this point. I side with peace.”