Conspiracy nuts should be happy after the US Air Force gave official notice to Congress Wednesday that it intends to dismantle the $300 million High Frequency Active Auroral Research Programme (HAARP) in Gakona this summer.
For those who do not type in the word "conspiracy" into Google often, HAARP is seen by people who like wearing tin-foil hats as a superweapon capable of mind control or weather control, with enough juice to trigger hurricanes, tornadoes and earthquakes.
HAARP was a daft project created by the late Senator Ted Stevens when he had too much control over the US defence budget and little in the way of sense. The idea was to inject energy into the ionosphere to control it.
Accrording to ADN, David Walker, deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for science, technology and engineering, said this is "not an area that we have any need for in the future" and it would not be a good use of Air Force research funds to keep HAARP going.
"We're moving on to other ways of managing the ionosphere, which the HAARP was really designed to do," he claimed. However that is more likely to be covering the huge waste of money that HAARP actually turned out to be. Senators looking at HAARP might feel better at wasting the money if they feel that it accomplished something.
However scientists say it is rubbish and that the degree of ionosphere control possible through HAARP is like trying to control the Ocean by tossing a boulder into it.
The site cost more than $290 million, and has 180 antennas on 30 acres that are used to direct energy into the ionosphere, which is 55 miles to 370 miles above the Earth, and monitor changes in the flow of charged particles.
Walker said the Air Force has maintained the site for several years and the last project is one by the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Once completed, the site will close.
Walker said the Air Force would like to remove critical equipment this summer to avoid the expense of running the site over winter.