MYSTERY WIRE — The so-called chemtrail conspiracy has morphed into one of the largest and most enduring beliefs in recent years. With so many of us stuck at home, more people than ever are looking up during the day and wondering why there are so many skinny white clouds.

It has led many to claim someone must be spraying something into the atmosphere.

In general believers in the chemtrail theory say the white lines are not water vapor clouds, known as contrails, rather chemicals being sprayed from jets for a variety of reasons.


One assumption is that the chemicals being used will allow the government to have total control of the earth’s climate. While other speculations say the government is using chemicals being sprayed from jets to poison people or make them ill. Yet, another theory is that chemicals sprayed from jets are inoculating us from disease.

Santa Clara, California 27 September, 2014 Global March Against Chemtrails and Geoengineering

George Barnes, a film producer about chemtrails told Mystery Wire in 2015 he does not blame chemtrails on anyone in particular and thinks different groups are doing it, for various reasons. “There was no evidence of these grid type patterns in the sky prior to about 2006. I don’t know what happened but after 2006, we started seeing it more and more frequently.”

“The conclusion is, because it is unregulated, anybody could do it,” Barnes told Mystery Wire. “So anybody that is interested in experimenting with climate engineering, weather modification, has the right and the authority to test it.”

WATFORD, ENGLAND – JUNE 06: A man demonstrates against “Chemtrails” in a protester encampment outside The Grove hotel, which is hosting the annual Bilderberg conference, on June 6, 2013 in Watford, England. The traditionally secretive conference, which has taken place since 1954, is expected to be attended by politicians, bank bosses, businessman and European royalty. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)


Contrails have been around since the dawn of aviation. The word is short for condensation trails. These contrails happen when humidity and temperature cause the moisture in the air to condense and form what we see as white clouds coming from the back of jet engines.

Old war films show contrails from high-flying bombers. There is also a contrail in the background of the 1960 movie Spartacus and over Las Vegas in the 1971 James Bond movie Diamonds are Forever.

And in 1999, in the Mojave Desert community of Pahrump, Nevada, the owners of a fish pond said something fell from the sky during a rain shower. The owner described it as “white spider-webbie looking stuff.”

He said the web material dissolved in his pond and left a foam which led to hundreds of dead fish two days later.

“I have no idea of what people are finding that are claiming to find angel hair or cobweb-like material,” said Kim Runk, Meteorologist-in-Charge at the Las Vegas National Weather Service office in 1999. “But I can say that it has nothing to do with the contrails they see in the sky.”

AYLESBURY, UNITED KINGDOM – JUNE 02: Contrails from airplanes leave the shape of an cross in the sky on June 02, 2020 in Aylesbury, United Kingdom . The British government further relaxed Covid-19 quarantine measures in England this week, allowing groups of six people from different households to meet in parks and gardens, subject to social distancing rules. Many schools also reopened and vulnerable people who are shielding in their homes are allowed to go outside again. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images) is considered one of the largest conspiracy-related websites in the world.

“The reality is, there is 250% more air traffic today than 10 years ago,” according to the creator of the website, Mark Allin. “What happens is, a lot of people step outside and see these crisscrossed contrails in the sky. To the average person that would look pretty suspicious.”

Allin said his members vigorously debate and dissect all sorts of conspiracies, but their consensus is, chemtrails are not real and what people are seeing is contrails. “To think that there could be a global conspiracy, a conspiracy of aircraft technicians, military aircraft, that are all keeping quiet about spreading chemicals up in our atmosphere, I’m sorry to say, but it’s crazy.”

Even some die-hard debunkers admit there is aerial spraying happening such as cloud seeding, crop dusting, and even military testing. However, the idea that a widespread secret effort to change the Earth’s climate or sicken everyone is just not happening.

Mick West, a writer and controversial debunker told Mystery Wire “They [are] really just basically ignored 70 years of science on the subject. People basically have this misconception that contrails don’t persist, therefore they must be chemtrails.”

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Research from 2018 suggests contrails are playing a large part in global warming that has been underestimated.

A study from the Transport and Environment organization found data that suggests contrails contribute to warming more than twice as much as airlines previously admitted.

It is also stated clearly in the study that researchers were not investigating chemtrails. Like other scientists these researchers made clear what is seen coming out of a jet engine at a high altitude are ice crystals formed when hot, vapor-filled jet engine exhaust hits cold air in the atmosphere.

Key findings in the study include:

  • Contrails block sunlight, but they also trap heat — even in the dark
  • 2.2 percent of flights create 80% of contrail-related warming — takeoffs in late afternoon and early evening that leave contrails into the night
  • Changing the trajectory of those flights up or down by 2,000 feet or less could reduce the warming effect by 59%

But, as pointed out in the research and other articles, there is a cost associated with changing these flight paths: higher jet fuel consumption. Even if airlines agreed to explore shifts in schedules, the increased fuel consumption would have to enter into the equation.

Below is a fact sheet from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) describing the formation, occurrence, and effects of contrails. It was developed by scientific and regulatory experts at the EPA, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in response to public inquiries regarding aircraft contrails.