There is no doubt a properly-done cloudbusting project by someone who knew what they were doing could do a great deal of good in this dire situation. But to advocate that a large number of untrained individuals who have no idea of the theoretical underpinnings of the cloudbuster or of the normal atmospheric dynamics and what has gone wrong with those natural processes to cause the drought simply take up cloudbusting with no information on how to use a cloudbuster properly or who else might be using one just over the hill, out of sight, is reckless in the extreme.
Would Jerry also advocate that anyone should be allowed to practice medicine, without undergoing any training first? Does he think there is no need to require a person to show he knows how to drive before getting behind the wheel of a car on a public road? Would Jerry like to travel in an airplane if he saw the pilot reading a book on "How To Fly" before the flight?
I had another e-mail from Jerry again today, again protesting against my attempts to discourage him from advocating promiscuous cloudbusting by untrained people. I sent the following reply:
I think there is not too much difference between my carrying on a campaign against the irresponsible proliferation of cloudbusters and any other type of environmental campaign by any other environmentalist. It just so happens that I am one of the very few who knows about cloudbusting, or at least takes it seriously. Most environmental activists have ether never heard of it or think it is nonsense, just as most of the population does, of course.