There’s little doubt that “chemtrails” are anything more than an outlandish conspiracy theory. Those who believe otherwise say the condensation trails, left behind by jets at high altitudes, have something to do with efforts to fight global climate change, or perhaps are the result of top-secret government experimentation. This is the stuff of late-night talk radio.
State Sen. Kelli Ward, however, thinks there’s enough genuine concern in this part of Arizona to warrant a hearing later this week. She’s called together state environmental officials and other government types to address the issue on Wednesday in Kingman. Make no mistake: The state says there’s no credible evidence to support claims that the so-called chemtrails are anything but frozen water vapor left behind by aircraft.
But Ward is right that there’s a growing chorus of people disinclined to believe the official line. Getting everyone in a room to talk it out probably won’t solve anything – but it will be educational for both sides. Like any controversial topic, there’s a lot more going on beneath the surface when you talk with locals about their concerns. Ward said she’s received a lot of communication from constituents who feel they aren’t being listened to and aren’t confident in the air and water testing being conducted in the area. She said some of the people she’s spoken with have questioned a connection between the contrails and heightened levels of certain minerals in their blood. It’s unlikely that the government can say anything that will satisfy every skeptic on the issue of chemtrails. But it’s very likely that those government officials can answer questions and offer assurances about those deeper concerns.
They’ll have the data to show, for instance, that naturally occurring minerals in the Colorado River basin are much more likely to be responsible for heightened levels of mercury and other minerals that have shown up in blood tests. They’ll also be able to talk about studies of the region’s air and water quality, affected much more by pollution and other factors than nefarious government schemes.
As Occam’s Razor states, the simplest answer is often the correct one, and the government has the data to back it up.
That’s not to say there aren’t environmental concerns about our air and water in Western Arizona. Ward should use Wednesday’s meeting as a launching pad for a larger discussion about those issues.
But we’re glad to see the chemtrails conspiracy theory will finally get its chance for a public airing out.