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Make It RainState Control of the Atmosphere in Twentieth-Century America$
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Kristine C. Harper

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226437231

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226437378.001.0001

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US Congress: Controlling Weather Control

US Congress: Controlling Weather Control

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(p.87) Chapter 3 US Congress: Controlling Weather Control
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Make It Rain
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Kristine C. Harper

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226437378.003.0004

This chapter discusses how US congressmen, especially Senator Clinton P. Anderson of New Mexico, attempted to regulate weather control as a potential weapon to use offensively against enemies, diplomatic tool to keep allies within and bring non-aligned nations into the West Bloc, and domestic tool to keep the nation secure and its economy strong. Starting in fall 1950, Anderson and others introduced a variety of legislation that would have placed weather control firmly in the hands of the American state and kept it there with a Weather Control Commission modeled on the Atomic Energy Commission. But major stakeholders—military services, commercial meteorologists, and academic meteorologists—pushed back. The military wanted total control, the commercial meteorologists wanted no control, and the academics thought there was no control possible. Ultimately, Congress settled on the creation of a temporary Advisory Committee on Weather Control that would assess experimental and operational results and recommend further action to the president. The recommendation: continue conducting research on weather control. The day-to-day regulation of weather control? That was left to individual states.

Keywords:   Clinton P. Anderson, regulation, legislation, Weather Control Commission, Atomic Energy Commission, military, meteorologists, Advisory Committee on Weather Control

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