This Article assesses legal obstacles to regulating chemtrail misinformation and proposes responses that work within prevailing norms and laws governing online speech. It explains how chemtrail content complicates public deliberation on solar geoengineering and, by extension, hurts the legitimacy of research activities. It also sharpens the general contributions of misinformation scholarship by applying them specifically to chemtrail content. It concludes with recommendations on how to limit chemtrail misinformation’s spread and impact. Reckoning with climate change, geoengineering, and online misinformation is a multigenerational project. Legal and policy analysis must accordingly adopt a long-time horizon when devising regulatory responses.
Charles R. Corbett,
Chemtrails and Solar Geoengineers: Governing Online Conspiracy Theory Misinformation,
85 Mo. L. Rev.
Available at: https://scholarship.law.missouri.edu/mlr/vol85/iss3/5