I have now read nearly everything David Wells has written on weather and there is no convincing such people of anything. He is a control-freak and wants to be in control. Such people are not reformable.
They seem inpervious to the concept of environmental responsibility. In fact, the over-all impression I get is of a 19th century attitude of extreme technophilia amounting to Hubris.
This group is barking mad, to put it mildly. The ideology expressed is about as far from anything ecologically sane as it is possible to get. The Saturday morning children's cartoons of the Mad Scientist comes to mind. They seem a parody more than anything resembling real people.
The nightmare mechanistic concept of a "centralized control system" with weather-control devices operated remotely from a distant spot flies in the face of the direct bioenergetic contact needed by a cloudbuster operator to maintain awareness of what he is doing.
There is no mention at all on this groups website of anything remotely resembling the idea that the atmosphere can or should be allowed to regulate itself, not be constantly controlled by humans for human reasons. If these people treat their kids the way they propose to treat the atmosphere those kids will end up with some serious problems.
The pious absurdity of "weather professionals" being the appropriate people to determine the weather is so out of touch with the reality of modern meteorology that I wondered if this was intended as a spoof or not.
The total lack of any ecological sensitivity is glaringly apparent in nearly everything David Wells, says. His proposal to give priority to the needs of farmers ignores the fact that farmers, a "big business" interest in modern society, have drained whole lakes and rivers in their insatiable thirst for irrigation, and if given the chance, would do the same to the sky. Remember, the Sacramento Delta was the richest fishing ground on earth until it was ruined to irrigate a water-intensive cotton crop in a land that is naturally desert. Farming should be abolished, not encouraged.
But the good news is that David Wells is wrong in other ways too, not just in setting policy. His "invention" is not anything like what he thinks it is, and is not capable of doing what he thinks it does. And it is not something new. If you strip away the layers of theory, speculation, hypothesis, and promotional hype, and look only at the actual observational data, it is obvious right away what this thing is doing and why.
ANY electromagnetic source of high-voltage is capable of causing an excitation in the atmosphere which will break up small clouds directly overhead. Radio and T.V. transmitters do it. Radar dishes do it. High-tension power lines out in the countryside do it. I have sat out in the open for hours at a time watching the clouds roll in and uniformly break up at exactly the same spot, time after time. None anyplace else, only at the point a little past where they crossed over a high-voltage power line. Every time.
The very strong, intense oranur excitation that is caused by radioactive materials has tended to overshadow the fact that a milder, but still significant oranur excitation can also be seen from electromagnetic devices of all sorts. One example is the misguided use of servo-motors powered by 12-volt batteries to operate cloudbusters by remote control. The field of the cloudbuster is expanded by the current passing through the wires within the field, and in turn, imparts excitation to the atmosphere. Richard Blasband thought this idea up to protect the operator from DOR-sickness while operating, and James DeMeo and others have copied him in using it.
It worked O.K. on the East Coast, where the atmosphere is much more mobile and moist, but on the West Coast, where there is rather chronic expansion DeMeo caused a drought he was working on to last much longer. He only was able to end the drought when he disconnected the motors and resorted to moving the pipes around by hand. And, though he won't admit it, he only did that after I had sent out an article I had written titled Mad Scientist Screws Up, explaining why he was not able to get the contraction of the atmosphere he was trying to get. I know he saw that article, but of course he would never give me credit for spotting an error he was making.
What the Wells device is doing is about the same thing: it is able to over-excite the atmosphere because it creates a mild oranur reaction, nowhere near as strong as that created by radioactivity, of course, but enough to break up weakly cohesive clouds at short-range. I would guess that the magnets involved in the device are amplifying the excitation in much the same way the field of the cloudbuster does when electrical motors are included in the system. The common factor being that the mild excitation caused by any electrical apparatus is amplified by passing through the orgone field of the cloudbuster in the one case, and by passing through the field of the magnet, which is really a rather specialized and structured orgone field, in the other.
Wells noticed the breaking up of clouds, but did not understand it or know that the same effect has been observed before, and he has let his imagination run wild with the idea. He has managed to delude himself and gather a cult of followers, none of which should be surprising when you take a look at some of the other cults that are around. Delusions of reference are commonplace. So are fantasies of controlling the weather.
Some of the phenomena he claims are also well-known in orgonomic literature. The acceleration of plant growth was mentioned by Reich after the oranur experiment, when among all the other things that happened, a tree just outside the laboratory burst into full bloom in the dead of winter. This effect, along with the trophism of plants turning towards the machine, are both also familiar from the writings of Georges Lakovsky about his Multiple Wave Oscillator, which was an electrotherapy device widely promoted in the 1930s. In fact, in the first half of the 20th century there was a whole generation of electrotherapy devices which all achived their results by the excitation of the bodily orgone field by the mild oranur effect induced by electrical current. The regeneration experiments of Dr. Robert Becker are another example you might be familiar with.
So the claims Wells makes of some people being able to feel effects from his machine, or that some of them have felt better from exposure to it, or that plants grow better from being near it, or that they turn toward it, fall right into place here and no new explanation is needed.
I must admit it is something of a relief to not have to worry abut this bunch of maniacs running around with something that could really control weather. In fact, I have had to go over this whole explanation very carefully, step by step, to be certain I was not falling into a similar trap and convincing myself of what I wanted to believe. But I have gone over everything Wells and his main followers are saying, every claim they make that reports an actual observation, not just a speculation or theory, and it holds up at each stage of the way. If only the actual observations are considered, and the hype, theory, speculation, and assumptions are left out, what he is doing is seeing the relatively minor effects from an electrical excitation of a magnetic field and generalizing from that to a far-reaching delusional system that others have bought into for whatever dynamics of their own.
I suggest you check out the Wikipedia entry for Apophenia and also look up Delusions of Reference. The psychodynamics of this group are nothing new or unique: on the contrary, all religions, political movements, and cults include elements of this kind of self-deception.