Status: Highly questionable
A company called Aquiess
, led by David Miles, claims to have developed technology that can bring rain to drought-ridden areas. Sounds a bit dubious to me, but Miles has managed to convince some farmers in Geelong, Australia that this is the real deal. The farmers have hired him on the agreement that they'll pay him if it rains. So if it doesn't rain, they remain out of luck. And if it does rain, they're going to pay some guy for something that is probably due to natural causes. According to the Aquiess homepage the technology somehow works via blasting weather systems with electromagnetic pulses:
oceanic rainfall is sought from outside the sovereign territory of the Commonwealth of Australia, and drawn into the desired regional target utilizing licensed resonance technology.
Oh, and it can prevent hurricanes too:
weather downgrade capability (W-V) is the aquiess program, involving remote weather observation, algorithms, software and hardware systems utilized to target severe weather patterns via pulses which act to de-intensify those patterns.
Chris Sounness, a climate specialist for the Department of Primary Industries, issued a press release recently blasting the Aquiess weather modification claims
, calling them a cruel hoax and saying that:
"Leading climate researchers across Australia confidently state that resonance technology is not based on any peer-reviewed science. The current duping of farmers builds hopes and if it doesn't rain, causes anguish."
But Aquiess seems to have its supporters in the government, such as federal Member for Mallee John Forrest who has stated that:
"Whoever in the department signed that press release should be tarred and feathered... If David Miles is right he'll be a hero. I'm behind him 100 per cent and I've had a gut full."
Personally, I think the farmers would be better off praying for rain like the residents of Lubbock
are doing. At least that's free.