What if we could modify the weather with energy efficient homes?

Our country is divided in many ways.

The divide that has piqued my attention today and for quite some time is the East and West one in the country. I’m sure you already know about the geographical and cultural divide that defines the East Coast and West Coast. Differences have been noted in the music that is played between the two coasts. The laid back lifestyle of the West has often been compared to the hustle and bustle of the East.

But that’s not what I’m talking about.

There’s one difference that more and more people are noticing about these days. This difference is defined by the weather patterns of the two areas. The West is predominantly hot and dry. The East is predominantly cold and wet. And the East winters of which I have lived through in the past couple of years have highlighted the contrast.

It’s no secret that the temperature divide exists.

California has been experiencing warm winters and droughts from the record heat. In New York, we’ve been getting the Arctic air and snow in the form of very long, cold winters. The “Warm West, Cold East” winter pattern has become so consistent now that we are all starting to wonder how or why this is happening.

While California’s legislature has announced the first mandatory water restrictions affecting cities and towns in the state’s history, climate scientists are researching why the winters are so polarized between the East and West.

One study suggests that the warm temperatures of the Pacific Ocean are causing the weather patterns that we are seeing now.

Another study suggests that the Arctic sea ice loss is taking the Warm West and Cold East divide to an extreme level.

According to Andrea Thompson’s online article – ‘Scientists Pore Over Warm West, Cold East Divide,’ these two studies provide:

“…an idea that by altering how much heat the ocean lets out, sea ice melt and Arctic warming can also change atmospheric circulation patterns, in particular by making the jet stream form larger peaks, or highs, and troughs, or lows. Hence the more intense difference between East and West the last two winters.”

To read more on the article go to: http://www.climatecentral.org/news/warm-west-cold-east-weather-divide-18889

The article ends by noting that not all scientists seem to be convinced by this idea… which leads my mind to start wandering as I look up.

Ever wonder what those white lines were in the blue sky?

Kondenstreifen am Himmel über dem Rosensteinpark in Stuttgart

Conspiracy theorists call them “Chemtrails”.

First, I must admit I like conspiracy theories. I like them not because they entertain, but they actually make me connect dots I thought were never there. Connecting the dots also brings us closer to the truth sometimes. As an architect, I think about all the possibilities of a given design problem. When possibilities become clearly observed, I connect the dots before me, leading me on a trail to my final destination.

I’m also a student pilot, who flies gliders. So I know a thing or two about the weather and flying planes in the atmosphere. And let me say that those white lines up there are not caused by commercial aircraft. Because they produce “contrails” or condensation trails that disappear fairly quickly.

Chemtrails are laid out in the sky by military planes under the U.S. government research program called HAARP.

Before we go any further, I suggest we all google HAARP to see what this is all about. I do not pretend to know the program in any more detail than what I’ve read so far. Nor do I wish to spread any more conspiracy theories out there. What I do wish is for all of us to be aware that this program exists and that we can connect the dots about chemtrails and the purpose of their existence, if we so choose.

You see, I can’t help but wonder if chemtrails have something to do with magnifying the East-West divide.

I’ve been noticing more chemtrails by the day after they were first introduced to me not long ago. When I look up and see them, I wonder about the geo-engineering that is taking place to save our planet from overheating. Chemtrails contain particles that reflect the rays of the sun. This is to say that we can modify the weather now and have been doing so for quite some time.

Perhaps the world’s weather may even be controlled someday.

With chemtrails being laid every day, I can only imagine a web of chemicals being created over us. That is to say, maybe we are the ones being controlled, not the weather. The blanket over our heads keeps the sun covered and changes our moods. This sure doesn’t help my flying.

The military may be using chemtrails for another purpose other than sun reflection.

The spraying of these chemicals may be used in warfare. Weather modification can be used in domestic and international security. It can be used to defeat or coerce an adversary. In 1967, cloud-seeding techniques were used during the Vietnam War to prolong the monsoon season and block enemy supply routes.

Believers in conspiracy theories have more to offer on other websites than I can on this blog. So I encourage you to do your own research. And make yourself aware of your surroundings.

You may even find yourself divided about the information being presented.

So why am I blogging about all this and how does this affect you?

I bring this up to say what should already be obvious to us – that we have entrusted our government to take care of our problems for us. And unknowingly, we have given the government more power than we could have ever imagined.

But, it’s not too late.

We as individuals can do so much more.

In reference to the water restriction laws in California, we have a lot of opportunity to increase our own water storage at the household and business level. We can each extend the use of rain barrels, cisterns and swales to capture water runoff more effectively. These small measures can take the place of building large reservoirs or expanding existing ones. There are environmental concerns with the latter.

As homeowners, we have the opportunity to modify our own climate in our homes. We can create comfortable spaces inside our houses no matter what the weather is like year round. And we can do this with very little energy and at very little cost.

Consider the cost of chemtrails. Consider all those planes and all that fuel burning each time they go up and spray. Consider the CO2 levels and jet exhaust pollution increasing as a result of this operation. There are direct costs for the fuel and equipment. There are also potential health and future environmental costs of spraying. We do not know what that cost will be.

We all need to dig a little deeper. Form our individual opinions about these matters. And use what we have to solve our problems.

I’m not sure I want to live in a world wrapped in chemtrails.

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