Weather Modification

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Conflict on Practicability of Weather Control

New Fedral Commission on Weather Modification

By authorizing appointment of a new federal commission on weather modification at its 1953 session, Congress took the first serious step toward denning national policy on the rapidly expanding efforts of individuals and private enterprises to alter weather conditions to suit their own purposes.

Under an act approved Aug. 13, the President is to appoint a commission of eleven leaders in science, agriculture, business and government which will study present and prospective weather-changing practices and recommend appropriate legislation to safeguard the public interest. The commission will have power to subpena private records and to compel testimony. The subpena power was deemed necessary because of the refusal of some of the commercial weather-makers to disclose their ...

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