When we received the new publication, “SmartRead” in our Santa Cruz mountains mailbox last month, courtesy of our friendly local utility, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), we wondered who these “Santa Cruz residents” actually were. Nearly everyone we’ve spoken with says things like, “I’ve had a headache since they installed that thing” or “I’m really worried about my 2 year old- her bed’s on the other side of the wall from the meter.” or “I don’t want to get cancer.”
We wondered aloud whether PG&E actually stooped to the level of paying these people to appear in their propaganda.
Well, it turns out we were right.
An internet search reveals that Mahlon Aldridge, who said “Smart Meters are essential to achieving a sustainable energy future” is Vice President for Strategic Development with Ecology Action, a corporate environmental organization in Santa Cruz County.
Hmmm….this is beginning to sound familiar.
Ecology Action has a lucrative contract with PG&E that pays Mahlon’s cushy six (not three) digit salary. It’s no wonder Mahlon is willing to put his reputation behind a very unpopular device. When Wendy Sarsfield- Government Relations Manager for PG&E called him to ask him a favor and feed him a quote, he didn’t say no. Paying off local non-profit groups so they will support the company’s position is nothing new to PG&E.
We showed up at the Ecology Action office for their recent “Energy Upgrade” marketing event with PG&E to ask Mahlon some questions about why an environmental organization was promoting an ecological toxin- he agreed to a video interview and here is the entirety of that interview:
We’re sorry that Mahlon has chosen not to find the time to meet the victims of the false techno solution he’s promoting- the electrosensitive people, the plants, the bats or the bees. As Upton Sinclair once said:
“It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it…”