A new conspiracy theory is spreading rapidly in the United States after the polar cold wave that paralyzed the south of the country in the last week. “The snow in Texas is not real,” say more and more young people on social networks, according to Insider.
A video posted on TikTok shows how someone “burns” a snowball with a burning match. When the flame hits the snow, it does not melt – and young Americans claim that this is proof that it is not natural.
In reality, this is how snow reacts every time it is placed on a flame – it transforms from a solid into a gaseous form, through a process called sublimation.
The cold wave that hit Texas, which experts say was caused by climate change, affected the entire state’s electricity grid. Millions of people were thus left in the cold without a source of heating.
Ever since the storm hit the southern United States, the phrase “Fake snow” has reached the top of Google searches. A false statement claiming that billionaire Bill Gates is responsible for the “fake snow” that fell in Texas came first on search engines.
Those who believe in conspiracy theories have linked this unusual phenomenon in Texas to the fact that Bill Gates donated significant sums to a project to combat global warming of a group of scientists at Harvard. American scientists aim to spray calcium carbonate dust into the atmosphere – a non-toxic aerosol – that would reduce solar heat.
Others say the new president, Joe Biden, somehow caused the Texas storm.
A young woman posted a video on TikTok in which she tries to melt a snowball with a hair dryer, behind the house. “It doesn’t melt,” she says. Other similar posts by the woman have garnered nearly 300,000 views in recent days.
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In another video, which has since been deleted from TikTok, a woman tries to melt a lump of snow with the flame from her lighter, obviously without success. “Thank you, Bill Gates, for trying to make us believe this is real snow. You will see that it will not melt and burn “, she said.
The hashtag #governmentsnow garnered over 1 million views on TikTok as of Monday. In a clip posted with this hashtag, a person claims that now it would have been spring in Texas, if Donald Trump had still been president.
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The TikTok social network grew rapidly in popularity last year, but so did the amount of information posted by users. The company’s representatives refused to comment on the situation, at the request of journalists from insider.com.
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