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Bill Gates & Project SCoPEx—Snopes Denies Geoengineering Funding & Risks

Bill Gates is back in the spotlight—this time for his support of controversial and risky geoengineering research. This should come as no surprise given the fact that he suffers from a god-complex that drives him—like Pinky and the Brain—to try and take over the world every day. Forbes is reporting that project SCoPEx—financially backed by Gates—is moving forward with solar engineering research into sun-dimming technology that could potentially reflect sunlight out of Earth’s atmosphere, triggering a global cooling effect.

And, as expected, the “fact checkers” are coming to Bill’s defense—including Snopes.

Bill Gates continues to fund the Stratospheric Controlled Perturbation Experiment (SCoPEx), launched by Harvard University scientists. The geoengineering project aims to examine effects of spraying non-toxic calcium carbonate (CaCO3) dust into the atmosphere—a sun-reflecting aerosol that may offset the effects of global warming.

In an article for Forbes entitled “A Bill Gates Venture Aims To Spray Dust Into The Atmosphere To Block The Sun. What Could Go Wrong?”, Ariel Cohen aptly notes:

Widespread research into the efficacy of solar geoengineering has been stalled for years due to controversy. Opponents believe such science comes with unpredictable risks, including extreme shifts in weather patterns not dissimilar to warming trends we are already witnessing.”

In June, SCoPEx will take a small step in its early research by launching a balloon carrying scientific equipment 12 miles (20 km) high—with the help of the Swedish Space Corporation. The launch, to take place near the town of Kiruna, Sweden, will not release any stratospheric aerosols but will serve as a test to maneuver the balloon and examine communications and operational systems.

Bill Gates & the Stratospheric Controlled Perturbation Experiment (SCoPEx) with the Keutsch Group at Harvard University

SCoPEx has stated that, if successful, this could be a step towards a second experimental stage that would release a small amount of CaCO3 dust into the atmosphere.

A report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change suggested the SCoPEx procedure could lower global temperatures by a full 1.5° C for no more than $1-10 billion a year.

However, the truth is… nobody knows.

It’s a roll of the theoretical dice at this point and it could easily go really badly for the world, such as swinging temperatures too far the other direction, destabilizing the climate, or negatively impacting our weather on a global scale and lengthy time horizon.

Trevor Nace points this out when he notes:

The controversy lies in the inability to fully understand the consequences of partially blocking out sunlight. A reduction in global temperature is well understood and expected, however, there remain questions around this method’s impact on precipitation patterns, the ozone, and crop yields globally.”

To be expected, Snopes has “fact-checked” claims regarding Gates and the project, asserting that the “conspiracy” claims are mostly false.

However, let’s take a deeper dive into this and see if that is really the case…

Snopes “Debunks” Claims that Bill Gates Wants to Block-Out the Sun?

Snopes has fact-checked the claim that a project funded by Bill Gates “would help block out the sun.”

Their verdict?

They argue the claim is mostly false, meaning “the primary elements of a claim are demonstrably false, but some of the ancillary details surrounding the claim may be accurate.”

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The problem is that this isn’t the claim being advanced. Rather, it represents yet another example of cunning manipulation by Snopes to protect Wild Bill by twisting words, using deceptive framing, and flat out misrepresenting the facts.

The actual claim being advanced by many reputable journalists is that Bill Gates financially supports controversial research (SCoPEx) into geoengineering—specifically, the solar engineering that would utilize aerosols in the atmosphere to reflect sunlight and alter Earth’s climate.

In other words, by misstating the “primary elements” of the claim, Snopes is able to frame it as mostly false—just another sensational conspiracy theory unfairly targeting poor old benevolent Bill.

Of course the author of the article, Alex Kasprak, just so happens to be the same Alex Kasprak that just published another article on Snopes that (caution—this gets a bit graphic) fact-checked the claim that a dentist is capable of determining if you have given head (performed fellatio).

Wow! Now that’s the kind of serious scientific inquiry you definitely want to add to your CV!?

This is definitely the kind of guy I want to listen to when it comes to determining the truth about Bill Gates and serious science!

Quite a fall for a guy that states he used to write for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

(Now he’s a tabloid writer for Snopes)

But I digress…

Here’s What Snopes Admits Is True about Bill Gates & Solar Engineering

Snopes admits that, since 2007, Bill Gates has funded research initiatives that, in part, provide grants for experiments related to solar radiation management—a form of geoengineering.

Furthermore, they concede that these initiatives specifically fund the Harvard project identified as SCoPEx.

However, they frame this in the context of “controversial” research “proposed as a last-ditch solution to anthropogenic global warming.”

This is speculative on a number of fronts, including (a) few characterize this as “last-ditch” research (it’s cutting-edge, forward-looking research) and (b) man-caused global warming is itself a conspiracy theory.

Here’s What Snopes Claims Is False about Bill Gates & Project SCoPEx

To begin with, the entire article is prefaced with the statement that “Bill Gates is a popular target of conspiracy theories characterizing his charitable giving as evidence of a nefarious world domination scheme.”


You begin a self-proclaimed serious fact-checking article by framing the discussion within a patently biased statement like that?

Regardless of whether any of that is true or not, it has absolutely zero to do with whether this specific claim is valid or baseless.

When Kasprak was finished slobbering over Bill and finally got around to identifying what he labels as false claims, he framed the primary elements of the claim as:

  • Bill Gates is funding research that will “literally” dim the sun
  • Bill Gates “wants to” use geoengineering as a tool to fight climate change
  • SCoPEx “specifically” seeks to test the theory that “spraying particles into the atmosphere” can reduce global warming
  • Scientists believe SCoPEx “itself” could produce global unintended consequences

Geoengineering Claim One: Dimming the Sun

In response to the claim that Bill Gates is funding research that will “literally” dim the sun, they obviously declare it to be false.

However, no one is making this claim being made. It’s a strawman argument—a complete logical fallacy.

SCoPEx has nothing to do with diming the actual sun (that’s ludicrous on its face). However, it absolutely is a project to research the use of aerosols in the atmosphere for the purpose of manipulating the climate—meaning geoengineering.

Geoengineering Claim Two: The Desire of Bill Gates

In response to the claim that Gates “wants to” use geoengineering as a tool to fight climate change, they again declare it to be false.

Snopes asserts that Gates’ “funding of this research does not stem from a desire to implement so-called ‘last-ditch’ solutions,” citing a 2010 TED Talk by Gates as their evidence.

Geoengineering Claim Three: A Theoretical Test of Solar Engineering

In response to the claim that SCoPEx “specifically” seeks to test the theory that “spraying particles into the atmosphere” can reduce global warming, they again declare it to be false.

To support his conclusion, Kasprak writes:

The project at issue in several sensationalized news stories, SCoPEx, is an experiment designed to collect data for the purpose of refining computer models that simulate solar radiation management, not to implement an actual test of the practice. The most the experiment would seek to do is release two kilograms (3.4 pounds) of non-toxic dust from a weather balloon 12 miles high in the sky.”

Thus, they declare that this claim is false because SCoPEx will initially (1) only serve to “refine computer models” for “simulations” and (2) only release a tiny amount of aerosol—not actually carryout a full-scale test of the theory.

Again, that’s NOT the claim being made. It’s a strawman argument—a complete logical fallacy.

In fact, everyone understands that the first experiment—the test flight scheduled for June—will “not be the experiment itself, but rather a test of the SCoPEx platform without the release of any particles” (per Keutsch Group statement).

As such, to pretend that this is the claim being advanced by journalists and concerned scientists is a complete farce.

Geoengineering Claim Four: SCoPEx Is High-Risk

Finally, in response to the claim that scientists believe SCoPEx “itself” could produce global unintended consequences, they again declare it to be false—arguing that the tiny release could not possibly pose a risk to the world.

Once again, that’s NOT the claim being made. It’s a strawman argument—a complete logical fallacy.

Here’s the Real Truth Regarding Bill Gates, SCoPEx & Geoengineering

In contrast to the intellectually disingenuous “fact-checking” by Snopes, here’s what is actually true regarding Bill Gates, SCoPEx, and geoengineering:

  • Bill Gates DOES support the effort to determine whether the use of geoengineering—specifically solar radiation management—could effectively and efficiently cool the planet and beneficially alter the global climate
  • Bill Gates IS partially funding SCoPEx
  • SCoPEx DOES lay the groundwork for the advancement of solar radiation management research and experimentation—including the potential for releases of increasing scale in the future
  • Solar radiation management IS highly controversial, with many experts voicing strong concern for the risk of secondary—unknown and unexpected—consequences

When it comes to Gates’ involvement, Snopes acknowledges that:

In 2007, Gates created a grant-making research fund known as the Fund for Innovative Climate and Energy Research (FICER). SCoPEx is partly funded through FICER and partly funded by Harvard’s Solar Geoengineering Research Program (SGRP), which itself is funded by a number of foundations and other private donors, including Gates.”

Thus, Gates financially supports the project both directly (via FICER) and indirectly (via SGRP).

In fact, Snopes admits that Gates “is one of geoengineering research’s most significant (at least in financial terms) champions.”

However, Kasprak then turns around and actually argues that “his funding of this research does not stem from a desire to implement so-called ‘last-ditch’ solutions.”

First, he utilizes the “last-ditch” qualifier to enable him to make this absurd claim. Gates unambiguously supports geoengineering, but not as some “last-ditch” option.

Second, you don’t invest capital in projects that you don’t believe in. That’s like arguing Gates invested a trillion dollars into vaccine development… but doesn’t desire to implement vaccination programs???

Third, how pray tell does Kasprak know what Gates’ desires are?

Can he read his heart and mind?

This is 100% pure speculation on his part—not fact-checking.

Furthermore, when it comes to potential risks and consequences inherent in geoengineering, Snopes acknowledges the geoengineering research is “controversial.”

SCoPEx itself specifically defines one of its two “high-level objectives” as “perform[ing] a set of atmospheric field experiments that improve understanding of solar geoengineering’s efficacy and risks, and that contribute to the development of methods to improve efficacy and reduce risks.”

It’s hard to take Snopes seriously when it denies the controversial nature of geoengineering despite the fact that SCoPEx itself is specifically intended to improve computer models that analyze the potential risks of geoengineering.

Why would SCoPEx need to do that if there aren’t any risks???

In fact, the SCoPEx website acknowledges that existing models produce highly uncertain outcomes in the simulations and that the project seeks to achieve an “improved understanding of these processes [in order to] help answer applied questions such as, is it possible to find aerosols that can reduce or eliminate ozone loss, without increasing other physical risks?”

The drive this point home when they state that “this experiment will help us learn more about the efficacy and risks of solar geoengineering.”

And who would know better about the potential risks of solar engineering than the leader of the research group, Frank Keutsch, Stonington Professor of Engineering and Atmospheric Science, Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering & Applied Sciences?

In a video produced by the Keutsch Group (below), Dr. Keutsch states that, “as a scientist, I’m not saying we should do solar engineering. In fact, I’m quite terrified.”

And David Keith, a professor of applied physics and public policy at Harvard University, has also recognized the “very many real concerns” of geoengineering.

Finally, the Keutsch Group at Harvard specifically acknowledges the significant and material concerns posed by geoengineering:

We understand that there are complex societal and governance issues surrounding solar geoengineering and SCoPEx. It’s why we have taken extraordinary steps to try to perform the experiment in a manner that exemplifies good governance, implementing an unprecedented level of transparency and recruiting a highly qualified, independent, external committee to provide advice that we have and will continue to take very seriously.”

All of this makes it hard to understand how Snopes could publish an article that argues geoengineering—specifically solar engineering and SCoPEx—is neither controversial nor presents any unpredictable risks, such as extreme shifts in weather patterns.

But, of course, they’re not addressing that broader (more important) claim… just an entirely fictitious claim that pertains only to the initial, preparatory stage of the project (i.e., the testing of communications and operational systems).

That’s like arguing a nuclear weapons program poses no threat because the testing of a guidance system that will ultimately be used to deliver a future warhead isn’t—in and of itself—dangerous.


Bill Gates—driven by an ever-deepening god-complex—is engaged in the aggressive funding of a wider and wider basket of New World Order projects. As we’ve seen in this article, that basket now includes attempts to geoengineer our world’s climate through strategies like solar engineeringstrategies that are advancing thanks to Bill’s deep pockets and projects like the Stratospheric Controlled Perturbation Experiment.

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While Snopes continues to label such claims as fallacious conspiracy theories, their so-called fact-checking represents just more pure unadulterated propaganda intended to mislead the public and shield one Bill Gates from criticism.

The facts demonstrate that the actual (real) claims being leveled against Gates and his funding of solar engineering projects—such as SCoPEx—are overwhelmingly valid.

Whether its vaccines, depopulation (eugenics), digital surveillance and tracking, or geoengineering… Gates is a man determined to forge a brave new world—one created in accordance with his own “divinely-enlightened” vision for humanity.

Gates believes in and financially supports geoengineering research, including project SCoPEx. His desire to manipulate our climate is no different than his desire to manipulate our global population through such instruments as vaccinations—they are both expressions of his New World Order agenda.

To learn more about the New World Order vaccine agenda, we recommend reading our articles:

All of this points to the undeniable fact that our world is quickly spiraling out of control as it tumbles toward an inescapable apocalyptic future—thanks to the demonic New World Order agenda.

To really understand this emerging agenda of destruction, we recommend reading our articles:

Do not be deceived. Bill Gates is not the savior of the world.

The world is on a collision course with the apocalypse—not the dawn of a glorious new age for humanity.

We are in the final momentsthis is how it ends.

To learn more, we recommend you checkout our article We’re Never Going Back to Pre-Covid World—This Is How It Ends.

Time is running out and the end is far closer than any of us could possibly imagine.

It’s not only time to ensure you’re physically prepared (read our article 10 Reasons It’s Completely Biblical for a Christian to Be a Prepper)… it’s time to get spiritually prepared!

Today is your day of salvation—a salvation that comes but one way: by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone!

Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.” (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” (Ephesians 2:4-9)

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Doug is a passionate servant of Christ and holds an MBA, BBA (Summa Cum Laude), and AAcc from Liberty University, as well as an additional two years of study at Bible college. He has over 20-years of corporate finance, accounting, and operations management experience—spanning the public, private and nonprofit sectors. He is proud to have served his country as a member of the 82nd Airborne Division and his local communities as a firefighter/EMT and reserve peace officer—experience that has provided him with a unique skill-set when it comes to emergency medicine, firearms, crisis management, and wilderness survival. Doug enjoys playing the drums, prepping, and spending time with family—especially in the Outer Banks of NC.