Streaks of white criss-cross the sky, puffy, billowy lines use the backdrop of clouds as cover for their true purpose. If you’ve ever looked up on a clear day you’ve likely seen them, white veins of moisture trailing behind an aircraft high above. You likely can’t even see the plane, the contrails being the only evidence of it’s passing overhead, hanging in the air at an incredible altitude.
As mentioned, these lines are commonly known as contrails, a contraction between the words condensation and trails, and they’re really quite innocuous. They’re caused by the water vapour in the hot exhaust of aircraft engines, but can also be triggered by the changes in air pressure in wingtip vortices or in the air over the entire wing surface. Like all clouds, they consist of water vapour or ice particles in the form of a suspension. They really are just another form of cloud…or are they?
Conspiracy theorists have another name for contrails, one you may already be familiar with; they call them chemtrails. As with the above, chemtrail is a contraction of two words: chemical and trail. And conspiracy theorists believe that they are something a great deal more pernicious than simple moisture. This tends to be a highly charged topic of discussion, for the believers are adamant that the government is undertaking to pull the wool over our eyes.
As the theory goes, chemtrails are deliberately discharged clouds of chemicals released from military aircraft for a host of [potential] reasons. From weather control through cloud seeding (which actually does take place, but not in this manner), to population control and even mind control through psychoactive drugs. Respiratory diseases and other health concerns are blamed on the widespread use of chemtrails over the domestic US, as well as Canada, Mexico and even the UK.
The theory originated in 1996 when the United States Air Force was accused of “spraying the US population with mysterious substances” via aircraft. Much of this is due to an Air Force Air University strategy paper titled Weather as a Force Multiplier, Owning the Weather in 2025. Conspiracy theorists at the time feared that the government was developing some kind of weather control technology and were troubled by the possible health and environmental consequences of such technology. Since then the theories have spiralled almost out of control.
In Canada, the issue has been brought before parliament by way of a petition, signed by thousands of Canadians demanding an explanation for the so-called spraying of chemicals over the population of the country, citing fears of health issues.
“…presenting a petition on behalf of Mr. Brian Holmes of Ontario regarding aerial spraying. Mr. Holmes has collected signatures from across the country from concerned Canadians who believe that chemicals used in aerial sprayings are adversely affecting the health of Canadians.”
Many of the dozens of theories out there suggest that chemtrails consist of barium, aluminum salts, polymer fibres, thorium or silicon carbide; exposure to some of these compounds is known to cause health problems. And if true this poses a direct threat to the health of any population being “sprayed”.
Mainstream science, however is quite clear on the matter, stating outright that there is no such thing as a chemtrail. The US Air Force states that the “‘Chemtrail’ hoax has been investigated and refuted by many established and accredited universities, scientific organizations, and major media publications.” But the masses aren’t convinced.
Of course, a discussion of chemtrails is not complete without dropping the acronym HAARP into the mix. Officially known as the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Project, based out of Gakona, Alaska, HAARP has been the focus of countless conspiracy theories, including weather control, earthquake machines, and ionospheric research that could result in a flip of the earth’s magnetic poles. By far the most prevalent conspiracy theory involving HAARP is the chemtrail theory.
Theorists insist that HAARP, which is funded jointly by the US Air Force, the US Navy, the University of Alaska and DARPA, is up to no good. They claim that all manner of nefarious devices are designed and tested there, populating myths about their true purpose and blaming them for everything from floods, droughts, hurricanes, thunderstorms, earthquakes in Pakistan, Haiti and the Philippines, major power outages, the downing of TWA Flight 800, Gulf War syndrome, and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Others still whisper the words Illuminati and New World Order, citing some clandestine agencies operating under the malevolent control of Majestic (whatever that really means). They see chemtrails as a first step in the cleansing of earth’s population, making way for that one world government.
Many people around the world see the chemtrail problem as an American issue alone, which may be due to the amount of interstate air traffic seen in US skies compared to Canada or Britain. But these billowy nightmares are everyone’s problem it seems, and while a certain percentage of chemtrails are no doubt simple, natural contrails masquerading as something more dangerous, it seems unlikely that we’ll ever know the truth of the matter.
Since everyone’s seen a contrail/chemtrail at least once in their life (unless you’ve been living under a rock), all are invited to leave their opinion on the cause and purpose of this phenomenon in the comment section below.
 “37th PARLIAMENT, 2nd SESSION EDITED HANSARD • NUMBER 110 CONTENTS”. Publications: Debates:-Committees of the House: Petitions: The Environment 1030. Parliament of Canada. 3 June 2003.