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Dane Wiginton of appeared on KPFZ FM in Lakeport, CA on December 1, 2016 claiming there is a secret program with “the military-industrial complex” spraying powdered aluminum into the atmosphere to effect climate change, but also to cause Alzheimer’s disease. Where there is no published paper, patent or popular press account regarding such a program we have doubt. The actual facts of this issue are interesting and telling.


In the interview Dane said, “The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is the largest scientific panel ever.” It is not. The panel of 2500 people originally included 60 physical scientists and 2440 diplomats. 48 of the scientists resigned during the first year, asking their names be removed from the final report. They were not. The final report was written by the remaining 12 and the paper then attributed to all 60.


Mr. Wiginton is deeply concerned about “global stilling” claiming that areas near both poles have periods where the air does not move and gets hot in the semiannual dark periods. We have not been able to find any record of this nor an explanation of how it works when they get no energy from sunlight.


On the KPFZ program Mr. Wiginton also said, “You can’t breathe without inhaling heavy metals?” Aluminum is not a heavy metal and it is the only metal he discussed.


Dane claimed every cow in America ingests 500 grams of aluminum from “chem trails” per year. We have 39 million cows throughout all 50 states so Mr. Keith is saying we are spreading aluminum nationwide and the cows are getting 35.7 million pounds of it, but more importantly he is saying someone is covering the entire nation with powdered aluminum.


The American Meteorological Society declares a substance must be one percent of air to be significant. This automatically rules out CO2, but that is another issue. For Mr. Wiginton we note America has 3.79 million square miles which requires a lot of powdered aluminum. How much?


There is a ton of air on every square foot of Earth so with 27.8 million square feet per square mile there are 27.8 million tons of air on every square mile times 3.79 million square miles thus we have 10,500 trillion tons of air over America, one percent of which would be 105 trillion tons of powdered aluminum to be 1% of the atmosphere.


Powdered aluminum is difficult to make as machining it in air causes it to ignite, creating very dangerous, incendiary fires. It has to be made in a nitrogen atmosphere or in an oil, water, detergent solution which then must be separated and dried. The final product costs $26 to $135 per kilogram.


At the best price, powdered aluminum to cover America would cost $2,730 trillion which is 188 times our gross domestic product. In other words, we would have to devote 188 years of our Gross Domestic Product to do this once and where the stuff is heavier than air it falls out, covering everything with aluminum metal dust, so why have we not seen it? The answer, of course, is that it is not happening.


Critics of this analysis will say much less than 1% is needed to achieve the desired effect, whatever that may be as none has been documented in an experimental demonstration. Nonetheless there are other ways to show this is nonsense.


In the KPFZ interview Dane Wiginton claimed KC 135’s are used to spread powdered aluminum as they can carry up to 80 tons, including the system used to spray the powder, so let us assume that machinery weighs five tons. The net sprayed would then be 75 tons per flight.


Meanwhile, it is a fact “Chem Trail” believers evidence is entirely pictures of commercial aircraft natural vapor trails and it does not include any photos of KC 135 aircraft equipped to spray powdered aluminum or in operation doing it. This alone refutes their hypothesis as thousands of aircraft would have to be involved.


Where 105 trillion tons of powdered aluminum would be needed to put 1% in the atmosphere they would need (105 x 10^12/80 = 1.31 x 10^12 flights) 1.31 trillion flights! If we had 1,000 KC 135’s it would take only 1.31 billion flights! If we reduce the amount to 1/1000th percent we would only need 1.31 million flights. But, according to the American Meteorological Society, the real atmospheric scientists, anything less than 1% is insignificant. At what point will the chem trail people admit this is all ridiculous?


Why is Dane Wiginton promoting this idea? Only Dane knows, but if we examine his website at: where we see a “donation” box as well as advertising we may get the picture.

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Adrian Vance

Trained as a science teacher, with eight years classroom experience, he has been writing professionally since the age of 15. He was the youngest person to be published in Journal of the Illinois Academy of Science at 17 as a result of a paper he wrote suggesting a revision in the science teaching curriculum. Publication was accidental as his teacher headed the selection committee and his paper was sent to the printer in error. Nonetheless, it received positive response. It proposed teaching General Science, then Physics followed by Chemistry with Biology in the senior year given the then new molecular focus in Biology. During his college years he worked on the school newspaper, primarily as a photographer and did an occasional feature, some of which caused him to be called to the Dean's office. "You don't like the way we do things here?" was the usual opening remark followed by the expected suggestion. After his third year, exhausted and without direction, he left for one year, but returned, when Sputnik and Admiral Rickover's books documented a crisis in American education. He felt called to teach and completed a B.S. in Physical Science at Illinois State University with a major in chemistry, minor in biology, near minors physics and education. He did graduate work in both Illinois and California completing a California Life Diploma teaching credential in 1962. While teaching he saw many needs and opportunities in educational publishing so he wrote and produced educational materials, primarily filmstrips and sound recordings. He also wrote for photographic magazines as film work put him in touch with many photographic and production problems. He has 325 screen credits in educational, industrial film and filmstrip as a writer-producer. In 1976 he won the Learning Magazine “Best of the Year” award for his “You in the Universe” filmstrip series and the New York Film and Television Festival Silver Medal for “An Introduction to Cells” filmstrip series. For a partial database of Adrian’s publications please click on and you will see them listed by series title and publisher. Each series title included four to 30 filmstrips and all are not fully listed in this database. The grand total is over 800. Over that 30 years Mr. Vance also wrote other material: two books, published in New York: “UFO’s: The Eye and the Camera” for Barlenmir House and “Audiovisual Production” for Amphoto Books. He wrote and illustrated over 100 features and columns for photography magazines. He was a Founding Contributing Editor for Peterson's PhotoGraphic Magazine and the West Coast Editor of Popular Photography from 1974 to 1978, writing a monthly column for the magazine. As a result of underwater photography work he contributed to SKIN DIVER magazine in the 70's. His "Timing Waves to Enter The Sea" article, first appearing in SKIN DIVER, is now a chapter in a classified U.S. Navy Seals training manual. "UFO's, The Eye and the Camera" documents his "Two channel information theory for the analysis of events simultaneously seen and photographed." It is the first comparative analysis of vision and photography written with the idea of combining information from both sources into a single analysis that can be used scientifically and forensically. Mr. Vance is also credited with solving the mystery of how complete maps of Earth were drawn in antiquity and he rediscovered Captain Cook's secret method of locating Pacific islands so well their positions have only recently been improved. He is cited with discovering the method in the seventh edition of "The Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings," by Dr. Charles Hapgood and he later contributed to a definitive article on cartography in antiquity for The Smithsonian Magazine as they confirmed his method. On February 19, 1976 Mr. Vance got a “Certificate of Appreciation” award from the Los Angeles Police Department “in grateful recognition of his generosity in make available to officers of this Department the talents and training of his German Shepherd, Boris. The ready willingness of Mr. Adrian Vance to become involved and to make available his valuable dog in a potentially hazardous situation deserves the gratitude and approbation of the entire Los Angeles Police Department.” This incident was critical to the LAPD administration’s realization that trained dogs could be of value in police work and they are now employed by the LAPD. When the computer replaced film the school market audio-visual field he switched horses at full gallop and produced 460 computer educational disk systems for the Apple II computer over 15 years. During that time he became a professional broadcaster in the 90's to promote the State Water bond issue in Santa Barbara, California as he felt it was critical for the town. He was publicly credited for having been one of the top ten reasons the measure passed thanks to his book “Drought in Paradise” and radio work. The collapse of his software business when Apple Computer discontinued the "II" machine line in 1995 crystallized the failure of his second marriage. With no clear direction in the school market supplemental materials field he sought a career in broadcasting in Las Vegas, Nevada doing shows on both KDWN and KXNT. This was unsatisfying due to the "star" economics of commercial radio where a few performers make millions and everyone else starves. Mr. Vance has also been a day trader, strategist, system developer and author on the equities markets and trading. He now trades stock, land and develops residential property. His website and trading information service, "The Stock Surfer" was a leading Internet service for seven years. He has been developing “The Young Americans” series of Young Adult novels promoting conservative values as well as his personal memoir, “A Long Way From Normal.” You can buy Adrian Vance’ books or downloads at December 21, 2010 he was awarded US. Patent 7,855,061 for his “Fuel Farm” that makes a gasoline equivalent 100 Octane fuel, butanol, from CO2, water and sunlight with algae and bacteria. You can see the full disclosure websites regarding his inventions at: and -30-


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