I have to say I have been wondering about including “Irvine” as part of the name of this blog (because this issue is not limited to Irvine, and this website is for anyone, anywhere, who is concerned about Smart Meters) . However, after reading Katie Fehrenbacher’s comment in her article “There will be 600M Smart Meters by 2016″ about objections to the Smart Meter from “a few tiny cities in California,” perhaps it’s not such a bad idea for more communities to throw their names into the ring.
Right now there are about fifty, so called, “tiny” communities who have sent letters requesting the California Public Utilities Commission give residents an “opt out” from the Smart Meter program and be allowed to keep their perfectly good analog meters.
Fehrenbacher is right, though, about the “aggressive” push to install these meters (and I would add “stealthy” and “lacking in full disclosure of radiation emissions”).
I think we “tiny” communities are doing a pretty good job considering many of us in Southern California had never even heard the name “Smart Meter” until a couple weeks ago-even though we are a bit “smart” ourselves.
It makes one wonder–how could that be possible? We all knew, for example, about “Carmageddon” last July, didn’t we? For any of us who had the “fortune” to actually drive the freeways that day, it was smooth sailing–as if we had been transported back into some idyllic time from the 50’s. Pat Boone in a convertible singing April Love. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mh5rmVkFyrI
“Carmageddon” was an awesome demonstration of the power of media, government and business to inform the public when they want to. Yet, Southern California Edison is spending a billion and half dollars on their Smart Meter installation–and most of Edison’s customers have no idea. Of the people who do know, most are unaware that the Smart Meters being affixed to their homes, sometimes on bedroom walls where their kids sleep, or in grouped banks in multifamily housing, emit pulsed RF radiation on an almost continuous basis.
Regarding the monumental number of Smart Meters they are installing all over the world which Fehrenbacher discusses (602.7 million by the year 2016), setting privacy and other issues aside, all I can say is I hope they use “wired” Smart Meters (as they do in Italy); and also, of course, that many scientists and other experts’ concerns about RF radiation is for naught because 602.7 million 24/7 radiation emitting Smart Meters is a lot of messing with the earth’s electromagnetic field.