In 1953 Captain Howard T. Orville was chairman of the President’s Advisory Committee on Weather Control. Captain Orville was quoted widely in American newspapers and popular magazines about how the United States might use this control of the skies to its advantage. The May 28, 1954 cover of Collier’s magazine showed a man quite literally changing the seasons by a system of levers and push buttons. As the article noted, in an age of atomic weapons and supersonic flight, anything seemed possible for the latter half of the 20th century. The cover story was written by Captain Orville.
Captain Orville warned that “if an unfriendly nation solves the problem of weather control and gets into the position to control the large-scale weather patterns before we can, the results could be even more disastrous than nuclear warfare.”
The May 25, 1958, issue of The American Weekly ran an article by Frances Leighton using information from Captain Howard T. Orville. The article, in no uncertain terms, described a race to see who would control the earth’s thermometers. The illustration that ran with the piece pictured an ominous looking satellite which could “focus sunlight to melt the ice in frozen harbors or thaw frosted crops — or scorch enemy cities.
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Preliminary Report, Advisory Committee On Weather Control
A TWO-YEAR STUDY of weather control was initiated August 13, 1953, by the 83d Congress as Public Law 256. The law established the Advisory Committee on Weather Control, consisting of 5 civilian members and 6 Government members. The Government representatives are from the Departments of Defense, Interior, Agriculture, Commerce, the National Science Foundation, and the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. At the committee’s first meeting December 18, 1953, at the Department of the Interior, Washington, D. C., it was proposed that the study be divided into two periods of a year each. The first year will be devoted to determining the effectiveness of weather modification procedures by studying and evaluating past and present experience in weather control. The second year would be concerned with a continuation of such studies and the determination of the extent to which the Government should experiment with, engage in, or regulate weather control activities. Recommendations on the latter cannot be made until some positive conclusions have been made on the practicability of weather control.
The statement of purpose and policy of the law reads that application of scientific advances in this field appears to be practical at this time and: “While the ultimate extent to which weather modification and control may be utilized is speculative, the application of such measures
without proper safeguards, sufficient data, and accurate information may result in inadequate or excessive precipitation; may cause catastrophic droughts, storms, floods, and other phenomena with consequent loss of life and property, injury to navigable streams and other channels of interstate and foreign commerce, injury to water supplies for municipal, irrigation, and industrial purposes, and injury to sources of hydroelectric power; may otherwise impede the production and transportation of goods and services for domestic consumption and export and for the national defense; and may otherwise adversely affect the general welfare and common defense. “Thorough experimentation and full-scale operations in weather modification and control will of necessity affect areas extending across State and possibly across national boundaries. The Congress, therefore, recognizes that experimentation and application of such measures are matters of national and international concern…
Modification of climate through weather conitrol would have profound effects on present insect balances in this country, and would require continuous study and investigation to prevenit increases in existing insectborne diseases, reestablishment of insectborne diseases whicl have been essentially eradicated, and introduction of exotic diseases and vectors resulting from the establishment of climates favorable to such species.
The application of weather modificatioiwithout proper safeguards may result in excessive rainfall, catastrophic storms and floods with consequent loss of life and property, injury to water supply, sewerage, refuse disposal, andl other facilities and services essential to health. The Public Health Service is charged with the responsibility of controlling communicable diseases during such periods by lending emergency assistance that may be requested by State health departments and through the departments, to individual communities...MORE
Full Preliminary Report, Advisory Committee On Weather Control
Howard T. Orville,
who told The American Weekly in 1958 that it was imperative that they beat the Russians in weather mastery. In 1966, Homer E. Newell issued A Recommended National Program In Weather Modification to the Interdepartmental Committee for Atmospheric Sciences.
Over the next 12 years, weather modification was implemented on a widespread and effective scale. In 1978, these efforts were documented in a 750-page report to the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation of the U.S. Senate.
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