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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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Conclusion to Part II

Conclusion to Part II

(p.153) Conclusion to Part II
Make It Rain

Kristine C. Harper

University of Chicago Press

The conclusion to Part II ties together the threads of chapters 3, 4, and 5, with the release of the Final Report of the Advisory Committee on Weather Control, which serves as an appropriate dividing line between weather control’s developmental period and the all-out federal attempt to control domestic and international weather. Because federal lawmakers failed to reach consensus on regulating weather control, states were left to fend for themselves as lawsuits were filed and complaints jammed the mailrooms of governors and legislators. By late 1957, thirteen states were regulating weather control and nine more states were investigating the possibility of doing so. On the federal level, professional science and the state developed a symbiotic relationship. The state needed the scientists’ professional expertise and research skills to move weather control forward, and the scientists needed state patronage to fulfill their research agendas. But even concerns about the Soviet Union’s weather control efforts—which many were convinced far outstripped US efforts—failed to guarantee consistent federal patronage for weather control research during the Cold War.

Keywords:   weather control, lawmakers, regulation, scientists, expertise, research, Soviet Union, Cold War

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