Yesterday, dozens of people descended on the California Public Utilities Commission (for the umpteenth time) to speak of health damage, fires, privacy violations, and inaccurate bills brought about by the “smart meter” and to demand major changes in state policy regarding the metering choices Californians have.
The room was shocked when, toward the end of public comment, President Peevey told the public- who in some cases had traveled hundreds of miles to be there- to “shut up.”
The heated exchange came as the last people who had signed up to speak before 9am were wrapping up their comments. State law allows anyone present at the end of public comment period to speak for 1 minute to the Commission.
People started raising a protest when it was understood that Peevey would not allow public comment to continue. The Commission under Peevey has made it increasingly difficult for the public to comment, requiring that people not comment on the same subject more than once and unnecessarily limiting speaking time. Several people who have been made sensitive to EMF’s by the smart meter, and who had taken time off work to speak, were forced to leave before their slot came up as they could not bear the wi-fi and other wireless devices that the PUC encourages in the meeting chamber.
It is widely believed that Mr. Peevey is under increasing pressure to step down- from elected officials and by victims of the San Bruno explosion, smart meters, nuclear power, and various inappropriate infrastructure developments during his tenure.
The man clearly lost his cool.
When the head of the state agency responsible for utility services and safety tells the public- who pay his salary- to “shut up”during a public meeting, it’s time for him to step down.
We will not “shut up” and we will not go away.
Peevey’s outburst takes place at 42minutes 11 seconds in the video below:
San Francisco, CA., Feb. 28, 2013 – Though limited to 1 minute each, a parade of outraged citizens lasting over 40 minutes demanded that the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) provide community-wide opt-out without charge to the forced installation of wireless so-called ‘smart meters’ by California utilities.
StopSmartMeters.org Director Joshua Hart told the Commissioners to “deal with the demise of the smart meter program with dignity rather than denial,” and called for Commission President Michael Peevey to step down for his obdurate foot-dragging on this issue.