TIN Podcast with Miste Karlfeldt: Idaho Water Resource Board to Discuss More Cloud Seeding

TIN PODCAST — 8 minutes long.  View it here.  Video also embedded below.

Health Freedom Idaho founder Miste Karlfeldt joined True Idaho News editor Daniel Bobinski to discuss the Idaho Water Resource Board’s pending meeting on seeding Idaho’s clouds with silver iodide.  (See video podast with this discussion below).  The meeting will be held on Zoom on Wednesday, September 6th at 1:00 p.m. Mountain Time.

Meeting Agenda

Zoom Link to join the Meeting

Meeting ID: 897 1599 8383
Passcode: 478824

Dial in Option: 1 (253) 215-8782

Regarding the meeting, Karlfeldt said, “We really want people to see what’s going on with that. And we want them to know that the people are watching. That’s really important.”



Multiple websites list the pros and cons of using Silver Iodide to seed clouds:


  • Induces rain formation in areas with inadequate rainfall
  • Can boost the economy by increasing crop yields
  • Can regulate weather
  • Makes dry places more livable
  • Reduction of crop damage
  • Silver iodide is not currently known to be harmful to human health in the quantities used for cloud seeding


  • Can potentially harm the environment, especially plants and animals
  • The complete effect of cloud seeding on the environment as a whole is not fully known yet
  • The use of silver iodine is not yet recognized whether it can lead to any severe negative effects or not on the health of plants and animals
  • Can lead to flooding and undesirable weather problems
  • Silver iodide is toxic and is regulated under the Clean Water Act as a hazardous substance
  • Iodism, a type of poisoning caused by iodine, can have severe effects on people such as skin rashes, headaches, and running noses among other symptoms
  • If exposed to a higher level, one could develop permanent skin problems like argyria
  • There is no set standard for the amount of silver one can come into contact with, which makes the impact riskier as they are unknown
  • The effectiveness of cloud seeding is still under review
  • Uses dangerous chemicals that are present in the water and soil

Overall, while silver iodide can induce rain formation and thus boost the economy, it can also potentially harm the environment and human health. The effectiveness of cloud seeding is actually still under review, because the use of such a chemical is a concern to those who care about animal and plant life.

Karlfeldt referred to a newsletter she received in 2014 in which Idaho Power talked about “how incredibly safe” the product is. But given what is known about the product, Karlfeldt wants to know: “Where’s the informed consent?”



Bobinski mentioned a discussion with a firefighter who noted that some of the forest fires have been incredibly difficult to extinguish, and that they discussed how one possible reason for that is metal on the foliage, and Class D fires (metal fires) are extremely difficult to put out.  He emphasized that this theory is purely conjecture, but that it should be investigated.

Karlfeldt agreed, saying that in her research, she learned that aluminum is highly flammable, and it may be why Idaho is having so many forest fires.

“I grew up here. I’m an Idahoan,” she said. “I don’t remember fires like this and places we couldn’t go because they’re having fire time. Now we just accept it as the new reality that, ‘Oh, it’s fire season.’ That was not my reality as a child. So I’m thinking, ‘What is different?’ And I’m not an expert either, but it does make me wonder since [the Silver Iodide is] highly flammable.”

Idahoans are encouraged to tune into the meeting of the Idaho Water Resource Board on Wednesday, September 6th using the link provided above.

To stay abreast of this topic, visit Health Freedom Idaho at www.HealthFreedomIdaho.com.

View the podcast here:

CORRECTION:  During the interview, Miste Karlfeldt stated that she’d read silver iodide was highly flammable. She contacted True Idaho News after the interview was published to correct her statement, saying she’d read it was aluminum, not silver iodide, that was highly flammable.


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