Last night, Stop Smart Meters! caught up with Daniel Hirsch, a lecturer and expert in nuclear policy at UCSC who has been widely quoted in the media regarding recent events in Japan. Mr. Hirsch had just finished his talk at Stevenson College, UCSC about the crisis at Fukushima and what it means for the future of nuclear energy. The take home message from his talk is that instead of worrying about the milk and the rain, what we must do is to put an end to Obama’s desire to build dozens of new nuclear reactors in the US- the so-called ‘nuclear renaissance’ and begin shutting down existing plants- starting with the ones stupidly built on earthquake faults such as San Onofre and Diablo Canyon.
After the talk, which should be available online shortly, we asked him about ‘smart’ meter radiation. It appears that many of the distortions that industry has used to deflect concern about such non-ionizing wireless radiation are the same techniques that have been used for many years to downplay ionizing nuclear radiation.
Here is what he had to say about the so-called ‘independent’ CCST report on the health effects of smart meters:
And here are the two charts that seek to compare microwave radiation from smart meters to cell phones, microwaves and other devices. The first is from the CCST report- taken directly from EPRI- an energy industry front group. The second is from Mr. Hirsch’s analysis (pdf), corrected for whole body, cumulative exposure.
If you want to know whether Assemblymembers Huffman and Monning will demand that the CCST correct their flawed chart in the final draft of the report, much less put a stop to this rush to installation, why not ask them yourself?
Assemblymember Huffman: (916) 319-2006
Assemblymember Monning: (916) 319-2027