A Rutgers University professor is claiming that an employee at the Central Intelligence Agency contacted him with concerns that world governments may be causing floods and droughts by controlling the weather.
The professor is Alan Robock of the environmental sciences department at Rutgers, the Daily Mail reports.
He made the comments at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The five-day conference in San Jose, Calif. wrapped up on Monday.
Two nefarious countries potentially messing with the weather include Russia and North Korea, suggests the Daily Mail.
Robock said the CIA called him to inquire about the possibility of human agency causing wacky weather.
He was “scared” when he got the call, he said.
“Consultants working for the CIA rang and said we’d like to know if someone is controlling the world’s climate, would we know about it?” Robock explained, according to the Mail.
“Of course they were also asking: If we control someone else’s climate would they then know about it,” he argued.
Among Robock’s research interests is geo-engineering, which he describes as “injecting aerosol particles into the stratosphere or brightening marine clouds” on a Rutgers webpage.
He also studies climate change.
Robock said he told his CIA inquisitor that endeavors to manipulate the weather on any large scale would be evident.
Additionally, he is concerned that, in the future, countries with different political and economic agendas could end up at war over global temperatures, notes the San Jose Mercury News.
Robock also discussed a two-volume report on carbon emissions and climate change by the National Academy of Sciences (an American organization) that was funded in part with $600,000 from U.S. spy organizations. He worried that the funding was somehow nefarious, according to The Guardian.
He doesn’t like secrecy when it comes to weather control. He wants weather control to be open and transparent.
“I’d learned of lots of other things the CIA had done that haven’t followed the rules and that wasn’t how I wanted my tax money spent,” Robock said, according to the Mail.
“I think this research has to be open and international, so there isn’t any question of using it for hostile purposes.”
The Rutgers professor also claimed that the U.S. government has used weather as a weapon in the past. Specifically, Robock mentioned cloud-seeding in Cuba “to make it rain and ruin the sugar harvest” and an attempt to cause more rainfall in Vietnam during the Vietnam War.
It’s worth noting here that any attempt to ruin a Cuban sugar harvest does not appear to have affected the Castro regime in any long-term way, and the North Vietnamese army which the United States had been fighting in Vietnam, overran and unified the country under centrally-planned, socialist rule in 1976.
Over at Rate My Professors, Robock gets middling reviews from Rutgers students.
Happy students call Robock “very smart,” “very laidback” and “very helpful.”
Other students are very disparaging of the professor. “DO NOT expect to learn anything from this idiot,” says one. “He basically thinks he’s God’s gift to the world and above everyone else,” opines another.