PG&E: “Customers Must Pay for Benefit” (Their Health)

This is Raymond Blatter, Senior Regulatory Specialist at Pacific Gas and Electric Company.  Ray lives a pretty good life, and makes a fat salary that allows him to jet off on scuba diving vacations, courtesy of PG&E’s record profits. We borrowed this photo from his public Facebook profile. (Lack of privacy is one reason we do not use Facebook) Ray had an interesting exchange last week with Sandi Maurer of the EMF Safety Network, as part of hearings for Phase 2 of the opt out proceeding at the California Public Utilities Commission.  Sandi reports on her website:

I asked Raymond Blatter, a PG&E witness the following question, “Do you consider it reasonable that if a SmartMeter is installed on someone’s home and they’re experiencing headaches or sleep problems or ringing in the ears, that that person should have to pay not to have that device on their home?”

Mr. Blatter answered, “I think that if that customer receives a benefit of not having that meter on their home, that they should pay for that benefit or at least partially pay for it.”

So there you have it ladies and gentlemen. PG&E’s official position is that not only are there “benefits” to avoiding a smart meter, but that you should be required to pay for these benefits- in this case the “benefit” of not having headaches, ringing in the ears, or other health problems associated with their “smart” meters.  If this isn’t a blatant admission of extortion we don’t know what is.  It’s right there in black and white in the transcript.

Maybe it’s time Mr. Blatter reviewed PG&E’s tightly controlled talking points a bit better before taking the stand.   Perhaps he’s still suffering from a lack of oxygen after one of his diving trips…

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8 Responses to PG&E: “Customers Must Pay for Benefit” (Their Health)

  1. Josh says:

    Perhaps PG&E should consider establishing a low-RF environment for their public relations employees. It would help them think more clearly about how to justify creating a high-RF environment for everyone else, and they could clearly use some help.

    • Paul H. says:

      Someone needs to Photoshop this guy standing in front of a Nazi death camp holding a smart meter.

      APS in Arizona has changed the name to ” Automated Meter” so that when you call in to complain about the smart meter they tell you that there are no smart meters in your neighborhood. Then they send a flier about facts and myths about the new meters. They mention that the World Health Organization has found no health affects from the past 30 years of research. You should have seen the look on the customer service lady when I handed her the document from the World Health Organization’s website stating that radiofrequency radiation fields are a class 2b carcinogen along with the list showing that they are in the same class as lead.

      Josh, I was able to download the PDF from showing the titles to 3276 documents regarding the biological affects of microwave radiation before it was shut down. I can send it via flash drive by mail or download by email, just let me know.

    • Ronny Rat says:

      Who’s ‘they’?

      • Paul H says:

        I don’t know who “they” is but I do know the link became unavailable after I posted it on another page. When trying to view the PDF link an error message pops up. Maybe I am doing something wrong? Anyway, here is the link. Try getting the PDF.

        It is full of titles with authors and scientist.
        Titles like “Bird Feathers as Dielectric Receptors of RF Fields”
        “Bird Feathers as Sensory Detectors of Microwave Fields”
        “The Properties of Bird Feathers as Piezoelectric transducers and Microwave Receptors”
        Maybe the reason why birds are falling to their death?

        Thought you would like this one.
        “Behavioral Studies of Rats in the Near Field of 918-MHZ Radiation”

        • Ronny Rat says:

          Ha,ha! Gee, thanks Paul. Yeah, just ‘rat’ at heart ha,ha.
          Thanks for the ‘re-do’, however, & hope you have a righteous Thanksgiving.

  2. Michael Justice says:

    Here is our anthem:


    “There is no safe level of exposure and there is no dose of radiation so low that the risk of a malignancy is zero”

    –Dr. Karl Z. Morgan, dubbed the father of Health Physics.1

    THank you Josh and Sandi, and everyone working with such intelligence, heart, and courage in protecting the lives of millions of innocent babies, children, and their families.
    Thousands of children will be dying in hospital wards from cancer if EVERY WIRELESS SMARTMETER AND THE SMARTMETER GRID ARE NOT BANNED AND REMOVED IMMEDIATELY.

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  4. Cynthia says:

    @Paul H—it’s interesting that this document disappeared.

    I have recently found I’m unable to comment on several websites addressing public health issues like Fukushima and Smart Meters/emf. This is one of them–so this post is actually sort of a test.

    Maybe someone could write to Magda Havas and let her know her document has been taken offline.

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