Conservatives target cloud-seeding in conspiracy-laden bills

Legislation was introduced in more than a half-dozen states.
An airplane leaves a vapor trail as it passes in front of a nearly full moon above Tacoma, Wash., Thursday, July 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Conservative lawmakers in at least seven states have introduced measures that would prevent or restrict weather modification experiments, seemingly based on “chemtrail” conspiracy theories that suggest the government or some unknown actors are spreading chemical or biological agents in the nation’s skies.

The Tennessee Senate last week approved a bill to ban what it calls “geoengineering experiments” that intentionally disperse chemicals into the atmosphere. Pennsylvania Sen. Doug Mastriano (R), the 2022 Republican nominee for governor, told fellow lawmakers he would introduce similar legislation in the coming weeks.

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