They shut off my power, threatened to condemn my house and refuse to turn the power back on without changing the meter! I have been without power for almost a month and the company is refusing to answer my questions and demands!
sign this petition please!
the FCC â€œis not a health and safety agency, we defer to other organizations and agencies with respect to interpreting the biological research necessary to determine what levels are safe.â€? SIGN this petition on Change.org.
Smart Meters Protest
Could you all please share this hard hitting powerful video with everyone you know. Taped on March 20th 2013 in Westlake Village California. That is Southern California about 50 miles North of Los Angeles
PBS News Hour details
Read the transcript here for the program on smart meters and opposition:
PBS: How Smart Are Smart Meters?
PBS Newshour ran this story on smart meters.
It does not examine the privacy and 4th Amendment issues at all.
Commentary on the California Council on Science and Technology Report
Here’s a great critique of "conventional" views on RF health effects:
FCC to re-examine cell phone radiation standards
"The current standards are based on behavioral research conducted on animals in the 1980s. …more than 60 studies in the last decade have shown biological changes to cells at SAR levels less than the current safety standard allowed by the FCC and the FDA."
I checked that page, and not only were my above comments not posted, but the ability to submit comments has been deleted from the page.
April 25th, 2012: PG&E SMART METER OPT OUT FEES â€œSUSPENDEDâ€?
Article at hightechmaui.com
I posted the following comment at http://hightechmaui.com/?p=1952 but the moderator has not published it.
How does this â€œsmart gridâ€? attempt to achieve reduction in energy use and peak load reduction? Evidently by sending detailed data on peopleâ€™s moment-to-moment home electrical activities to Maui Electric Company, and by giving MECO central control over peopleâ€™s â€œsmart grid enabledâ€? electrical devices. I canâ€™t think of anything more Orwellian.
This is another example where technology is created and deployed to solve a problem where the engineers and advocates were narrowly focused on achieving certain functionality, while the unintended consequences, vulnerabilities, and potential adverse effects were unattended to. Other famous examples include asbestos, Thalidomide, Agent Orange, DDT, Diethylstilbestrol, lead paint, X-rays in shoe stores, X-rays for acne. Light pollution and obesity are emerging unattended and unintended consequences of technological innovation. Cybersecurity is plagued by the fact that software is almost universally designed to produce functionality and â€œfeaturesâ€? first, with security as a later add-on. Financial derivatives are another example; having only partially learned this lesson in the 2008 financial crisis, we are reminded by JP Morganâ€™s $2 Billion loss this week.
Smart meters and smart grids are clever applications of Internet, wireless, and digital technology toward energy efficiency. But smart meter functionality intrinsically makes them â€œwire tappingâ€? devices in the most literal sense, exposing a second-by-second diary of the activities inside the home to outside parties. On their face they violate â€œthe right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.â€?
The only possible way this technology can have gotten as far as it has in the United States is that vast portions of the population are ignorant of our principles of government, and these include engineering graduates and the MBAs that developed the technology. Fortunately, civics classes did sink in to enough of the population to spawn a growing political opposition to the technology.
This is to say nothing about the unknown health effects of new levels of exposure to radio waves. Nor the vulnerability of smart grids to hacking and solar storms. Norton calculates the cost of global cybercrime to be $114 billion annually, and we want to shove our power systems into this wild wild west?