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"Chemtrail" Believers Meet With Arizona Environmental-Quality Workers

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A community forum actually took place between employees of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and believers of "chemtrails."

The "chemtrail" believers are under the impression that the streams of vapor left behind by airplane engines are actually government poison sprays.

See also:
-Senator Kelli Ward Hosting Forum "To Address Community Concerns About Chemtrails"
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Republican Senator Kelli Ward of Lake Havasu City organized the meeting out there in Mohave County, citing constituent concerns.

You can probably guess how this two-hour forum went down. If you've ever spoken to a conspiracy theorist, then you know they're the type to already know The Truth, and there's nothing you can say to shake these unwavering beliefs. Now imagine at least two dozen of these people in the same room.

Several of them insisted that the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality do something about the poison, despite the fact that no one who works at ADEQ thinks government poison spray nozzles are attached to the wings of airplanes. Most of the responses from the two ADEQ staffers that went to the forum were that the agency doesn't have jurisdiction over what these people want, and they weren't scientists -- which helped avoid the "debate" from the people who had The Facts and knew The Truth.

Of course, there was still a good deal of voice-raising, as in the case of the woman who yelled that they're being "sprayed to death" -- a point that was met with applause.

Now, Ward is the one who arranged the meeting, but Ward's also the one who got ADEQ involved, knowing they would attempt to ease people's concerns over air and water quality. That is, Ward wasn't among the people pointing her finger and demanding that someone validate her belief in conspiracy theories.

At one point, someone asked Ward, "In your opinion, do you think we're a bunch of nuts?"

Ward's response was off-microphone, but much longer than a simple "yes" or "no," and actually resulted in some applause.

You can watch the entire meeting in the video below, and be prepared to cringe.

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