It’s a good question, posed by members of the public out loud yesterday morning after the CPUC voted 4-1 to deny the EMF Safety Network’s petition to halt ‘smart’ meter installations based on flimsy and distorted evidence provided by PG&E.
Yesterday’s decision flies in the face of health complaints by thousands of California residents, demands to halt the program by 22 local governments, the CPUC’s own Division of Ratepayer Advocates, and hundreds of peer-reviewed scientific studies showing health impacts from wireless radiation at levels far below what is emitted by the ‘smart’ meter.
By parroting PG&E’s misrepresentations about the level of radiation from their new meters, and denying the growing evidence that human electro-sensitivity is a real and growing threat, President of the CPUC Michael Peevey showed that his commission has become nothing more than an arm of the utility companies, unable or unwilling to protect the public’s health and safety. After all, for them to admit that wireless is a major health threat is to undermine the profits of major telecommunications and utility companies. Shatter the illusion of a wireless future. And it is clear that the CPUC would rather bury its head in the sand like a giant awkward flightless bird, unwilling to adapt to a changed world, forcing the people of California to pay a heavy price for its denial.
The truth is that ‘smart’ meters emit sharp bursts of radiation every 45 seconds, 24 hours a day, at roughly 2-3 times the intensity of a cell phone. Given that wireless technology is being implicated by researchers in a wide range of health impacts, it is pure recklessness to place these devices on everyone’s home, in some cases co-located in banks of 30-40 meters inches from where children are sleeping. The commission yesterday could have put a halt to further installation pending the release of a report commissioned by the State Assembly on the health impacts of smart meters, but instead they chose to place corporate profits above the welfare of CA families.
In light of a regulatory agency that is hostile to human health and the environment, Stop Smart Meters! is urging people to protect themselves and their communities using non-violent civil disobedience where necessary. People are asking what we do next. The answer is very simple. We organize with our neighbors and get in their way.
Wellington Energy- PG&E’s installation company- is not welcome in California. The health of our children is simply not negotiable.
I bought a home but haven’t yet moved in. When I went to meet a workman last week, a Wellington truck was at my driveway. Luckily, the former owners put up my No Smart Meter sign after we closed on the house. No one else in the neighborhood had a sign. Most people weren’t home. Most people got zapped by the Wellington truck. I talked to the guy, but didn’t know my rights, and had no numbers to call to reach neighbors who I hadn’t yet met and weren’t home. Our neighborhood in West Marin, os bordered by a Coho Salmon Spawning Creek, and thousands of acres of Open Space Conifer Forests. Clearly this is no place for a network of smart meters. What can we do now? I survived cancer. I do not want to live in an area of smart meters. Several neighbors commented after the installation via email lists that they are furious at the installation but thought PG&E would notify them in advance of installation and give them a choice to opt out. Why don’t more people know the sneaky ways of PG&E and Wellington. I could have ripped off all the meters in his open truck and run out of town, but I didn’t think of it in time.
how do they sleep at night?
easy, like their servants in the government, they have no consciences.
like the song says “all the news is bad again, kiss your dreams goodby”.
every day there is more depressing news that makes us think “this can’t really be happening!” but it is. we are getting screwed and like the frog in the saucepan we accept each increasing degree, the Supremes side with religious fundamentalists rather than the Constitution, millionaires refuse to agree to a modest minimum wage, deadly poisons continue to be sprayed on our food, the rich get tax breaks, workers are cut off unemployment benefits, citizens are spied on and frisked when they try to travel. and what do we Americans do? continue to vote for Democrats who sit back and pretend to disapprove while this country moves toward fascism.
I know some of my neighbors and myself are not getting any sleep. It all started the day they put one on the side of my house just outside nmy bedroom wall. It’s been almost 4 weeks of waking up between 2:30 and 3:30. In most books they would call it torture. I wonder how many people don’t know that it is actually their “smart meter” that is responsible for waking them up at night.