Tenn. Passes Bill Banning Geoengineering

Tenn. Passes Bill Banning Geoengineering
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The Facts

  • Tennessee’s General Assembly on Monday passed bill SB2691, which "prohibit[s] the intentional injection, release, or dispersion" of chemicals or similar substances into the atmosphere "with the express purpose of affecting temperature, weather, or the intensity of the sunlight."

  • The bill was sponsored by state Rep. Monty Fritts and state Sen. Steve Southerland, both Republicans, who say there was "widespread documentation" of geoengineering, practices that use chemical compounds to manage climate change and "solar impact."

The Spin

Democratic narrative

Republicans have gone off the rails. This is a case of them spreading debunked conspiracy theories and passing a law to ban something that's non-existent. The conspiracy theories aside, this bill focuses on geoengineering, which is an undefined collection of hypothetical practices that have never been tested. This is a waste of time and resources.

Republican narrative

Democrats and their media allies want to smear Republicans over this bill, but there's no mention of "chemtrails" and it in fact deals with geoengineering — a practice the government released a report about last year. Some media pundits are changing their tune about geoengineering and Republicans will continue to fight the lies and protect their constituents.

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