posted on Feb, 17 2005 @ 05:31 PM
Perhaps further explanation is required. The ATS audience is more skeptical than most, though I would expect increased decorum and respect from a few
of its members.
In response to some of the more jaded and sarcastic comments, I am not an employee of any security agency of the US Government. For the last four
years, my paychecks have come from the Department of the Interior. This is largely a ruse, of course. The source of my renumeration has changed
often in the five decades I have given service to my country.
The scientific community has many workable theories as to the cause of the Little Ice Age. Increased volcanism resulting in an imbalance in the
global carbon cycle and an increase in atmospheric particulates, is the most popular. A second, though equally valid theory, is that a slight global
warming caused by the previously mentioned volcanism caused desalination in the North Atlantic through melted ice caps. This desalination altered the
flow of various ocean currents, most importantly the North Atlantic Drift. Other theories include solar inactivity leading to an overall depreciation
of thermal energy planet wide.
As to the cause of contrails, the length of time they are visible and any "spreading" or dissipation that occurs, this has been covered by many on
this and other ATS topics. Ambient temperature, saturated humidity and atmospheric currents are the primary factors. The chemicals we work with do
not alter the contrails in any way, nor do they alter the functioning of the engines they pass through. There is no visible difference between
altered and unaltered contrails.
Your question about Dr. Minnis is somewhat confusing. The SRS on radiation and aerosols at NASA is Dr. Patrick Minnis. I am quite familiar with his
many papers and impressed with Dr. Minnis on a professional level. To my recollection we have never met in person. Who is James Minnis?
The current research shows that the slight amount of global warming that we are experiencing has resulted in a decrease in ocean salt levels near the
poles due to glacial recession. This, in conjunction with increased volcanization over the last century has increased the amount of carbon in the
atmosphere. Human contribution to this has been a small factor. The engineers' solution to the researchers' problem was to alter those two factors
by freeing terrestrially locked salt sources and aiding the ocean in its natural carbon absorption function. Shortly after the FAA was created in
the late 1950's, a general increase in flight-miles led the way to the current solution. Obviously, the airline industry deregulation thirty years
later exponentially increased the viability of our plan.
Since engine reliability and functionality is of primary concern, and project detail secrecy is required, we focused on the simplest solution
possible. The addition of salt to certain selected ocean currents and carbon scrubbing ions to every overseas flight would be the obvious solution.
The random introduction factor was determined to be the optimum solution. Pure salt and ion exchange resins tend to decrease the usefulness of jet
engines. A mitigating factor was developed, one that would be non-reactive in kerosene, yet ultimately reactive within the target environment after
burning. The actual operative chemical processes used are simple to understand. There is, however, a level of non-disclosure surrounding the
delivery methods. I can say that the process relies heavily on buckminsterfullerene molecules.