SF Weekly] Patrick Roddie films the sky every day. Two years ago, he rigged a camera on the roof of his apartment building in Lower Pacific Heights to record timelapses of the sun's dawn-to-dusk arc, along with the sky's usual bland traffic of birds, airplanes, and clouds.
Many of Roddie's timelapses — which he uploads to YouTube — capture
something else, too: hazy, white threads that thicken in the wake of
airplanes and sometimes tattoo the sky in grids. To the uninitiated,
these are contrails, the harmless water vapor that commercial planes
spume as they track across the sky at 30,000 feet. To Roddie and his
followers, however, these are chemtrails, the toxic signature of a
covert government program to slow global warming and control the
Roddie knows this sounds like boilerplate conspiracy theory. "Don't
trust me," he says. "Assume I'm full of crap. I'm just some Irish guy."
Roddie, who was born in Belfast, has the beard of a Confederate
general and the doggedness of a street preacher. His day job is
photographing portraits, mostly of weddings and children (he also has a
Burning Man portfolio dating back to 1998), but his passion is
cataloging and protesting "the global chemtrails program."
Roddie runs a website, Stop Spraying Us - SF, helps admin a Facebook
group called California - Bay Area Residents Against
Chemtrails/Geoengineering that has more than 2,000 members, manages a
YouTube account that's 200 videos strong (with most view counts in the
low hundreds), leads small monthly rallies at City Hall and the Ferry
Building, and travels widely to speak out against chemtrails. Roddie
estimates that over the course of his three-year chemtrails activism
career he's burned and distributed more than 30,000 informational DVDs.
Last month, he raised $5,000 on GoFundMe to fly to Paris, where he
presented a paper to climate scientists about the health effects of
geoengineering. And this month, he addressed a public Environmental
Protection Agency hearing in Washington about the dangers of aircraft
If you ask him the million-dollar question — Why are they spraying
chemtrails? — his stock answer is: "Because they're assholes." Read More