Marvin Herndon papers on “clandestine geoengineering”

J. Marvin Herndon depicts himself as a “maverick” scientist. Physicist by training, then specializing in nuclear chemistry and geochemistry, he went on proposing a fringe “georeactor” hypothesis on the presence of an active nuclear fission reactor in the Earth’s inner core. Besides being falsified by recent neutrino measurements by KamLAND and Borexino experiments, his hypothesis is ignored by planetary scientists. Actually his theories have been dubbed as “crackpottery”.

More recently, Herndon started producing a number of papers claiming the existence of a “clandestine geoengineering” program based on coal fly ash spreading by “tanker jet aircrafts”. It is useful to remember that the consensus among experts is against the existence of a secret, large-scale atmospheric spraying program (SLAP), as detailed by Shearer et al (2016).

In detail, the papers are the following.

CS-2015

J. Marvin Herndon, “Aluminum poisoning of humanity and Earth’s biota by clandestine geoengineering activity: implications for India”, Current Science 108, Issue 12: 25 June 2015, p.2173-2177.
Full text available.

This paper starts with a short and incomplete introduction to the geoengineering debate, in the context of an appalling negation of anthropogenic climate change. Then the author starts quoting Internet sources as evidence (or at least a strong suggestion) for clandestine geoengineering activities, corroborated by three photos showing standard contrails. En passant, Herndon claims without proofs that such contrails are at low altitude in the lower troposphere; this is a typical argument of chemtrail theorists who are not able to use proper methods to estimate altitudes. Another telling sign of confusion is the claim from Herndon that strong malicious activity started in his area in 2013, while it is quite easy to find chemtrail activists in the same area claiming the same much earlier; therefore it seems to be a cognitive effect. However, the bulk of the article is devoted to show that coal fly ash is purposedly used for clandestine geoengineering. Rebutting the proofs proposed by Herndon in this paper has been done mostly by the participants of the Metabunk forum hosted by Mick West. The rebuttal is summarized in the first post of the relevant thread in the forum, and it is in common with the next paper by Herndon (see below).

IJERPH-2015

J. Marvin Herndon
“Evidence of Coal-Fly-Ash Toxic Chemical Geoengineering in the Troposphere: Consequences for Public Health”
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12(8), 9375-9390; doi:10.3390/ijerph120809375.
Full text available.

This article has been retracted by the journal editor as detailed here:
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12(9), 10941-10942; doi:10.3390/ijerph120910941.

Note: Herndon prepared a news article based on the material of the above papers for PRNewswire in August 2015.

FPH-2016

J. Marvin Herndon
“Human and environmental dangers posed by ongoing global tropospheric aerosolized particulates for weather modification”
Frontiers in Public Health 4, 1–16 (2016); doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2016.00139.
Full text available.

This article has been retracted by the journal editor as detailed here:
Frontiers in Public Health editors.
“Retraction: Human and environmental dangers posed by ongoing global tropospheric aerosolized particulates for weather modification”
Frontiers in Public Health 4 (2016).
Full text available.

This paper is an attempt by Herndon to have his IJERPH-2015 published somewhere else, with a longer introduction quoting explicitly a large number of well know chemtrailist web sites.
The first comment to the paper (and the subsequent ones) highlights the major flaw of the methodology (or lack thereof) used by Herndon, for this and the previous ones:

(Andras Szilagyi) This article has a fundamental methodological flaw in that it only compares the composition of rainwater and air particulates to coal fly ash and nothing else. Soil samples should have been used as controls. Also, a statistical analysis is completely missing. The total lack of controls and the lack of statistical analysis render the article unsound and its conclusions invalid.

JGEESI-2017

J. Marvin Herndon
“An Indication of Intentional Efforts to Cause Global Warming and Glacier Melting”
Journal of Geography, Environment and Earth Science International, ISSN: 2454-7352, Vol. 9, Issue 3.
Full text available.
Full commentary available.

This is a different paper from the previous ones, because it examines a specific fact happened in a town in Michigan, then trying to extrapolate wildly. One of the commentaries by a reviewer tell us what happened:

Herndon missed to properly investigate the more likely possibility that the air-drop material could simple be unusual bird scat.

Enough said.

Note: inexplicably, after a few changes the paper was accepted anyway by the reviewer. More discussions on this paper are available on Metabunk forum.

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