Opt Out is Not Enough

Having an individual opt out is especially pointless for apartment dwellers who face exposure from banks of meters like this one in Scotts Valley- can you spot the one resident who had advance warning and refused installation?

One of the worst things about the ‘smart’ meter program is that it is mandatory- the new radiating meters are being forced on us whether we like it or not.  There is currently no opting out for individuals, businesses, or entire communities- even in cases of severe health risk, according to the CPUC and PG&E.  They have even insinuated lately that they will force this meter on to your home- if necessary- escorted by armed guards.    Sounds a tad Orwellian to us.

Well, on Friday, after being battered by bad press for weeks, there were reports in the Bay Area dailies that PG&E is considering a ‘smart meter compromise.’   Something, PG&E CEO Peter Darbee stated (in his reassuring corporate voice) ‘that everybody can live with.’  Has the sleeping giant come to its senses?  Has the devil of Hexavalent Chromium and San Bruno Fiery Death decided that radiating the entire population may be bad for their corporate earnings, if not their conscience? Have they decided to hard wire their meters?  I mean it’s not like they really needed wireless, mobile technology in the first place as the meters are ATTACHED TO YOUR HOUSE.

What is such a ‘compromise’ likely to look like?  PG&E may offer some sort of individual opt out- perhaps requiring a doctor’s note so that most people won’t go to the trouble.   Yet this would force the company and the CPUC to admit that electrohypersensitivity is real phenomenon that people are suffering, something that they have been in deep pathological denial about.  Something that if the general public became aware of- could blow open the whole EMF health  scandal and spell big financial trouble for telecom and utility companies.

Even Michael Peevey, president of the utilities commission, insinuated that everyone is just making it up.  In the Chron, he “suggested to PG&E executives that they find some way to address the concerns of people who SAY they suffer from ‘electrosensitivity.'”

those people they're all just SAYING they suffer from electrosensitivity, but really they're just pretending, just to mess with my smart meter pet project that's going to leave me the legacy of being the guy who built the smart grid......Wahhhhh.

The truth is that opting out is not a “compromise we can all live with.”   For an electrosensitive individual, living exposed to your neighbors’ meters is just as bad as living with your own.  Bathing our communities in even more microwave radiation than they suffer from already, with a few ‘opt outs’ just will not cut it.  It’s not only humans that are suffering.   Nature is paying the price as well.  This week, PC World reported that Wi-Fi (that uses the same frequencies as the ‘smart’ meter) has been sickening trees.

What about entire communities opting out?   That seems like a more reasonable solution, right?   Wrong.   Bottom line, if there are health risks to EMF radiation (and there are!) then no community in California should have to suffer them, whether they have citizens and local governments who have read the latest scientific reports or not.

The only ‘compromise’ we will accept is if the CPUC immediately halts further installations in the state pending open, honest public health hearings, disables the wireless components on the already installed meters, hard wires any remote connections, and ensures strict privacy standards.  Then, they should refund the rate increase that the CPUC originally granted to pay for the meters, and come sobbing and pleading for our forgiveness for polluting the state, blowing up families in San Bruno to make a few more bucks, recklessly endangering the health of people and nature throughout California by inflicting unprecedented levels of EMF, attempting to manipulate the democratic process to trick us into strengthening their monopoly, and then having their senior officials falsify their identities trying to sneak into private discussion forums and then claiming it was some kind of public outreach exercise.

Darbee and the rest of those lying corporate weasels should come to the California public, begging us to forgive their arrogance and greed, their sinister lying and deceit.

And remembering those who have died or been hurt by PG&E’s corporate greed, we will bid them adieu as we reclaim control over our power, implementing ‘Community Choice Aggregation‘ (CCA) programs throughout the state and sending PG&E packing for good.

Now THAT’S smart!

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7 Responses to Opt Out is Not Enough

  1. Elisa says:

    Brilliantly articulated. Couldn’t agree more. Nearly spit out my tea at the classic Peevey imitation. May I re-post on smartmetersafety.com?

    • onthelevelblog says:

      Of course Elisa- your persistence and clear thinking advocacy in Maine against Central Maine Power’s smart meter rollout is an inspiration to us all. -J

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  3. Great Reading I will be using this as a source link for sure.

    Smart Grid, GPS, Financial, Electronic Activity/communications and Surveillance Camera Coverage data based information Integration.
    Total Information Awareness (TIA) is As large as this gets with corporate/government collusion and information fusion in the Black Market of the US Policey Enforcement State.
    It strikes at the heart of our Democratic Republic.

    Thank you.


  4. Diane Whitmire says:

    There are 30 cities that have a moratorium against the CPUC. My question is, is this not a Class Action Suit which the individuals within each City can bring against the PUC, CPUC, PG&E and from there to every utility co. in every State? There are a whole lot of people in my city who are against them, but this city welcomes everything that promotes the ideology of ICLEI.org and UN.org/esa/dsd/agenda21. Health issues there are, but even worse is the even greater loss of our Constitutional Rights and Freedoms. One by one they’re being eroded. WMD’s (Wireless Meter Deployments) are just one more nail in the Law of the Land! NH’s slogan is right on: Live Free or Die!

  5. This is a program from UN Agenda 21. Domestic spying, remote monitoring, energy reduction, and the possibility of having your gas and electricity shut off remotely—all by design. Read this blog post from http://www.DemocratsAgainstUNAgenda21.com

    OK, so forget about the health issues if you’re so sure it’s no problem. But think about this:

    Smart Meters can be remotely turned off. From the office. No need to come to your home.

    Not worried about it? Why not? The way things are going everyone’s suspect these days. Acting a bit strange? Investigation needed. Maybe someone will want to shut your electricity and gas off in the middle of the night–

    Paranoid? Nope. And how about this: The meter monitors the type of appliance or electronics you’re using, for how long, and where it is in your home. Privacy important to you? Don’t care?

    Then think about this. Why does the gas/electric company need to know when you’re using your whatever? They say it’s because you’ll have fun monitoring your usages. But you don’t need them for that. No. YOU know when you’re using your whatever. THEY don’t.

    New appliances are about to be rolled out in 2012 that have chips in them that will communicate with your meter. They will require special sockets—installation necessary if you want a new appliance. No new fridge without a smart meter.

    They will sell the information to manufacturers. They will share the information with law enforcement. They will remotely shut you down if they wish. They will monitor your usage, charge you for what they perceive as ‘over usage’ and limit your access to energy. They can selectively regulate usage. They may be able to monitor other activity as yet undefined. We don’t know all the reasons why they are spending so much money to replace your meter. Speculation runs across the spectrum. The power company has said that you won’t be able to get power without a smart meter. Why is this such a vital part of their program?

    And that’s without any discussion about health. Get with it. Don’t be a chump. REFUSE SMART METERS.

    It’s another program brought to you by UN Agenda 21.

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