Smart People versus Smart Meters
There’s a battle brewing across the land, as the power companies take another self-destructive step designed to tell the world just how much they hate their customers, and have no hesitation to make a lot of people sick if the money is good enough. The “suit and tie guys” snorting cocaine in the head office living well away from where you are, have made a decision that will affect the health of you and your children and neighbors. Ignore it at your risk.
I speak about the microwave-emitting "smart meters" which they are quietly installing across the land, on everyone’s home, replacing the older type of analog meters which emit no radiation, but require the "expense" of having a human being walk by the meter and manually read the numbers indicating how much power has been used over the month. Heaven’s forbid that they should employ a living human being to do that job, when they can fire a whole bunch of meter-readers, can spend ten times as much replacing everyone’s meter with a new health-hazard electronic gizmo. The only real cost for that is to everyone’s health, as people will get microwave-zapped from the new technology, which is at intensities far greater than the usual WIFI connects or cell phones that already have everyone worried, and for good reasons.
In our hometown of Ashland, Oregon, the debate is heating up. Here is a notice which should be useful for everyone, but especially important for Ashland residents:
Smart Meters in Ashland
Your electric meter may be radiating you
One of the most irritating aspects of this technology is the fact that they are designed to constantly broadcast information on your power consumption 24/7/365, without a let up. That means, you and your family will be microwave-zapped all day and all night when sleeping, with higher doses in those rooms closest to the meters. A minority of electromagnetically sensitive people will be driven quite mad by the sensible irritations, but everyone’s health will be at grave risk.
This will make the issues of cell-phone radiation hazards, which is far from settled and still poses a health hazard, especially for children, look like small change.
James DeMeo, PhD
(Formerly taught university courses on environmental hazards,
including low-level atomic and electromagnetic health hazards.)
Quotes from "Smart Meters in Ashland"
The California PUC has received more than 14,000 complaints of health problems occurring after smart meters were installed. 11 counties and 44 cities in California oppose mandatory smart meter installation, 9 have passed ordinances making smart meter installation illegal in their jurisdictions. Similar controversy is occurring all across the country as citizens become more informed and aware of the health risks from smart meters.
What are the health risks from smart meters?
Established research on radio frequency radiation provides significant cause for concern. Here is a quote from Dr. David Carpenter, a Harvard Medical School-trained physician who worked for the New York State Department of Public Health for 18 years before becoming Dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Albany, where he currently directs the Institute for Health and the Environment:
“We have evidencethat exposure to radio frequency radiationincreases the risk of cancer, increases damage to the nervous system, causes electrosensitivity, has adverse reproductive effects and a variety of other effects on different organ systems. There is no justification for the statement that Smart Meters have no adverse health effects.” He further advises, “An informed person should demand that they be allowed to keep their analog meter.” (Watch the two minute video at: http://emfsafetynetwork.org/?p=3946)
The American Academy of Environmental Physicians, an organization that has been studying and treating the effects of environmental influences on human health for over 50 years, is calling for:
* An immediate moratorium on “smart meter” installation until these serious public health issues are resolved. Continuing with their installation would be extremely irresponsible.
* include hearings on health impact along with cost evaluation and community wide opt-out.
* Provide immediate relief to those requesting it and restore the analog meters.
Last year, the World Health Organization released a long awaited study with the results of years of evaluation by 27 scientists in 14 countries. In light of the overwhelming scientific evidence, the scientists classified Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) as a Class 2B Carcinogen. The World Health Organization concludes that “the use of precautionary approaches is warranted.”