What’s all the fuss about PG&E’s “Smart”meters for our electricity and gas?PG&E hijacked it. Now they have turned it all upside down, backwards and awful. PG&E’s actions are called “Bait and Switch.”Aren’t they supposed to show us our power usage “live” so we can cut back on excessive power use and save money? That was the idea – before
PG&E (the Corporation who brought you the 2010 San Bruno neighborhood fireball explosion killing 14 people (including 6 people still missing) and destroying 37 homes) “forgot” to tell us that these “Smart”meters —
1. Create a Fire Danger Threat: Introduce a new Fire-Danger to your home by adding a high power electric On-Off switch which could cause arcing, and is accused of starting fires and giving electric shocks to customers,
4. are Intended to cost us more in power bills,
5. Violate your privacy – by broadcasting your personal power usage which is not encrypted (coded) – making our personal power usage public knowledge for burglars (and worse, could let an amateur hacker black-out an entire town),
6. Don’t give you live (“right-now”) use information as widely believed,
8. Could put out enough radio wave energy to reasonably cause health concerns – especially when installed near someone’s bed or desk,
9. may be uncertified for California,
10. Avoided all Environmental Impact Analysis
Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) and the California Public Utilities Commission have received thousands upon thousands of complaints since they started installing “Smart”meters.
Smartmeters are More Expensive:
In Winter 2010, KION TV of Salinas did a 13 week study of an installation where they directly compared a new smart meter against an existing calibrated electric meter. The existing meters won hands down – costing consumers dramatically less than Smartmeters. (and guess which side of the meter box pays to power the meter? – yours ! Not PGE’s side.)
It also introduces the idea of “Smart-ER meters” that protect your private personal information because they don’t broadcast it (RF or WiFi) or transmit it in any way (optical cable or power line data) to the power company.
At the February 2011 Monterey City Council meeting, Councilman Jeff Haferman asked PG&E “If the customer’s power can be remotely turned off by the meter, could a hacker turn off an entire neighborhood [- or a whole town]?” PG&E claimed they couldn’t answer that. They said they’d get back to him. He’s still waiting.
“Smart”Meter Radiowaves are Not Harmless:
While it is well known that X-rays and Ultraviolet can easily harm humans, it is less well known that radio waves can also harm human tissue in two different ways. Most people are familiar with Microwave ovens that heat food purely using radio waves. Remember one early microwave oven was called the “Radar Range?” That’s called “thermal” effects. Well, there’s a huge body (more than 200 scientific papers) of evidence of non-thermal harm from radio waves.
Now the evidence is mounting that the relatively small amount of radio energy from cell-phones (~ maximum of 1.5 watts) can cause head cancers.
Good Will – or Just Greed
Hmmm . . . is PG&E acting neighborly? or even reasonable?
Or is it just another greedy corporation playing hardball, deliberately acting criminally – taking advantage of the trusting nature of our communities and the good will of Americans ?
Counties of Santa Cruz, Marin, Mendocino, and Cities of Seaside, Watsonville, Fairfax, and Rio Dell have criminalized smart meter installations. A total of 33 local governments in California have demanded an immediate moratorium, many have adopted law prohibiting the meters.
PG&E deliberately violated Watsonville’s new law, installed one on an important building, and the city promptly cited them. PG&E arrogantly says it will never pay the fine !
What you can do :
Immediate Action (today):
Put a sign out covering your meter saying
“Do not Install a Smartmeter for this building. You will be personally liable for any harm, including loss of private data, and responsible for the costs of removing it.”
Then take a photo of your sign so you can have evidence in case they ignore your sign and install it anyway.
Longer Term Action:
Call your State Assemblyman (Bill Monning for Monterey (649-2832) and Santa Cruz) and the Governor (Jerry Brown) to tell them you want Smartmeters stopped until we can get all the problems truly fixed. Here is an article listing the topics a Smartmeter law needs to cover: http://1hope.org/hopeblog/?p=612
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200+ papers and books on harm to human and mammal tissue from radio waves. Some 225 are science articles or books; some are from political bodies such as FDA and the FCC. (Remember that quantity of evidence is irrelevant, only the quality counts. “Don’t judge evidence by its weight.”)
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