August 19, 2010
As Moscow endures the highest
temperatures on record
sparking fires and smog, a Russian political
scientist has claimed the United States may be using climate-change
weapons to alter the temperatures and crop yields of Russia and
other Central Asian countries.
In a recent article, Andrei Areshev, deputy director of the
Strategic Culture Foundation, wrote,
"At the moment, climate weapons may
be reaching their target capacity and may be used to provoke
droughts, erase crops, and induce various anomalous phenomena in
What is HAARP?
The article has been carried by
publications throughout Russia, including "International Affairs," a
journal published by the Foreign Ministry and by the state-owned
news agency RIA Novosti.
In an telephone interview with RFE/RL, Areshev appeared to back off
from claims he made in the article, saying that he was merely
positing a theory.
"First of all, I would like to say
that what I wrote in that article, even the citations, does not
in any way claim to a be final truth. It is, if you will,
speculation, in other words, the definition of an hypothesis,"
Moscow is currently sweltering under
record temperatures. On July 29 Moscow suffered its hottest day
ever, with temperatures hitting 39 degrees.
Meteorologists who study the jet streams say that
producing unusual holding patterns which keep weather systems in one
place and produce freak conditions. The jetstream is being held by
the Rossby waves that normally produce its distinctive wave-like
But Russia isn't the only country suffering form a heat wave this
summer. Indeed, the United States and Canada are also experiencing
record temperatures. On July 24, temperatures in Washington, D.C.,
hit 37.7 degrees, and local weather services issued heat warnings
for the first time this summer. Lake Superior - the largest of the
five Great Lakes - is
having a record year as far as temperatures
Areshev agrees that it is also hot in the United States, but notes
that the United States is significantly farther south than Russia,
meaning that such high temperatures are not so surprising there.
The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, however,
announced in July that land and ocean temperatures throughout the
world were the highest ever, since they began tracking global
temperatures in 1880.
What is HAARP?
In the article, Areshev voiced suspicions about the
High-Frequency Active Aural Research Program (HAARP),
funded by the U.S. Defense Department and the University of Alaska.
On record, HAARP supposedly analyzes the ionosphere and seeks to
develop technologies to improve radio communications, surveillance,
and missile detection.
Areshev writes, however, that its true aim is to create new weapons
of mass destruction,
"in order to destabilize
environmental and agricultural systems in local countries."
From a military standpoint, HAARP is a
weapon of mass destruction. Potentially, it constitutes an
instrument of conquest capable of selectively destabilising
agricultural and ecological systems of entire regions.
U.S. military documents put it clearly - HAARP aims to learn how to
“exploit the ionosphere for Department of Defense purposes”.
Communicating with submarines is only one of those purposes.
Press releases and other information from the military on HAARP
continually downplay what it could do.
Publicity documents insist that the
HAARP project is no different than other ionospheric heaters
operating safely throughout the world in places such as Arecibo,
Puerto Rico; Tromso, Norway and the former Soviet Union.
However, a 1990 government document
indicates that the radio-frequency (RF) power zap will drive the
ionosphere to unnatural activities.
“…at the highest HF powers available
in the West, the instabilities commonly studied are approaching
their maximum RF energy dissipative capability, beyond which the
plasma processes will ‘runaway’ until the next limiting factor
The military says the HAARP system
give the military a tool to
replace the electromagnetic pulse effect of atmospheric
thermonuclear devices (still considered a viable option by
the military through at least 1986).
replace the huge Extremely Low
Frequency (ELF) submarine communication system operating in
Michigan and Wisconsin with a new and more compact
be used to replace the
over-the-horizon radar system that was once planned for the
current location of HAARP, with a more flexible and accurate
provide a way to wipe out
communications over an extremely large area, while keeping
the military’s own communications systems working.
provide a wide area
earth-penetrating tomography which, if combined with the
computing abilities of EMASS and
Cray computers, would make
it possible to verify many parts of nuclear nonproliferation
and peace agreements.
be a tool for geophysical
probing to find oil, gas and mineral deposits over a large
be used to detect incoming
low-level planes and cruise missiles, making other
While there is no unclassified evidence
that this deadly technology has been used, surely the United Nations
should be addressing the issue of "environmental warfare" alongside
the debate on the climatic impacts of greenhouse gases.
Despite a vast body of scientific knowledge, the issue of deliberate
climatic manipulations for military use has never been explicitly
part of the UN agenda on climate change. Neither the official
delegations nor the environmental action groups participating in the
Hague Conference on Climate Change (CO6) (November 2000) have raised
the broad issue of "weather warfare" or "environmental modification
techniques" (ENMOD) as relevant to an understanding of climate
World renowned scientist Dr. Rosalie Bertell confirms that,
"US military scientists are working
on weather systems as a potential weapon. The methods include
the enhancing of storms and the diverting of vapor rivers in the
Earth's atmosphere to produce targeted droughts or floods."
Areshev's article also references an
unmanned spacecraft X-37B, an orbital test vehicle the Pentagon
launched in April 2010.
The Pentagon calls X-37B a prototype for
a new "space plane" that could take people and equipment to and from
space stations. Areshev, however, alleges that the X-378 carries
"laser weaponry" and could be a key component in the Pentagon's
The Pentagon was not immediately reachable for comment.
Areshev also cites the U.S. government's effort to use rain and
cloud coverage to block the Vietnam Army's supply routes during the
Vietnam War. He insisted, however, that he was not a conspiracy
"My comments were not made in order
to accuse the U.S., or any other country, of consciously
influencing Russia," Areshev said. "That would be quite
Asked whether or not Russia was also
experimenting with climate-control methods, Areshev said since he
was not a member of the government, he did not have information
about such projects.