Stop Smart Meters! Bulletin
Vol. 8 May 27th, 2011
Quotes of the Month
“(Smart meters) are not yet smart for the customers. They sound like a good idea, and government has rushed into installing them without knowing how residential customers will react. When will the customers be informed and consulted?”
-Gordon L. Weil, Opinion piece in Maine’s Kennebec Journal
“Regulators are not legislators. They’re more like judges. Their decisions have the power of a judge’s decision. By inviting commissioners along on these lavish getaways, it’s as if you’re partying with the judge.”
-Loretta Lynch, former CPUC President talking about Michael Peevey’s all expenses paid vacations from the utilities– as quoted by the SFBG
What YOU Can Do to Stop Smart Meters!
1. Contact the California State Public Utilities Commission (PUC) Send an e-mail from the EMF Safety Network Site at http://emfsafetynetwork.org/?p=1588 or write to: CPUC c/o Public Advisor 505 Van Ness Ave. Rm. 2103 San Francisco CA. 94102. FAX: 415-703-1758 Call the CPUC Commissioners:
Mike Florio 415-703-1840
Catharine Sandoval 415-703-2593
President Michael Peevey 415-703-3703
Timothy Simon 415-703-1407
Mark Ferron 415-703-2782
2. Call your utility and tell them you want to retain or restore the analog meter at no cost! PG&E: 1-877-743-737, SCE: 1-800-655-4555 SDG&E: 1-800-411-7343 Demand to retain your analog meter– don’t take no for an answer. Also, build a box or cage around your analog meter to defend it against theft by your utility.
3. If your local city/ county has not acted against the smart meter attack, organize local residents and demand that they do their job to protect public health and safety. SSM! can advise on organizing and peaceful direct action against ‘smart’ meter installation in your community.
4. Write a letter to Gov. Brown telling him to fire CPUC President Michael Peevey and appoint a president who can do the job of oversight with real objectivity.
Governor Jerry Brown, c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173, Sacramento, CA 95814 Phone: (916) 445-2841 OR via web http://gov.ca.gov/m_contact.php
5. Please donate and allow Stop Smart Meters! to expand our capacity: https://stopsmartmeters.org/donate/
6. Forward this e-mail newsletter to 5 friends, and have them subscribe if they are interested.
7. Inform yourself and sign petition against nuclear power (radiation is radiation): http://www.beyondnuclear.org/
8. Other ways to take action at the new EMF Safety Network ‘take action’ page: http://emfsafetynetwork.org/?page_id=649
WHAT ARE SMART METERS!?
The installation of wireless gas and electric meters is one of the largest technology rollouts in history. Yet in California and other states, there was virtually no consultation with the public and local governments in advance of the $2.2 billion “Advanced Metering Infrastructure” (or AMI) project — the first mandatory microwave radiation device to be installed on our homes and businesses. Wireless radiation has been linked with cancer and DNA damage at exposure levels far below FCC guidelines, in peer-reviewed scientific studies. “Smart” meters pose health risks, violate individual privacy, interfere with electronic appliances, increase carbon emissions and overcharge customers. But utility companies and tech firms love them because they allow them to layoff meter readers and generate more profit. Luckily, more communities every day are learning the facts and refusing the DumbMeter onslaught. Check out our primer (that you can circulate) outlining the case against wireless utility meters here: http://stopsmartmeters.wordpress.com/why-stop-smart-meters/
WHAT IS “STOP SMART METERS!”?
Growing out of the grassroots group Scotts Valley Neighbors Against Smart Meters, which was started in June 2010, Stop Smart Meters! is now a community supported statewide advocacy, media outreach, and direct action group providing activism consultation and technical assistance advice to dozens of local groups statewide (and now nationally and even internationally) who are fighting the wireless ‘smart’ meter assault.
The fight against ‘smart’ meters has brought about new, unexpected political alliances. Please join us and add your voice to thousands of others. More info, regular news updates, analysis, and tips on resisting ‘smart’ meters at our website: https://stopsmartmeters.org
THANK YOU FOR DONATING TO STOP SMART METERS!
Even if it’s only a small amount, it all adds up and it really goes a long way toward making this education and advocacy possible. Remember we are community supported- please chip in if you can! Click here to make a donation: https://stopsmartmeters.org/donate/
CHECK OUT OUR ALLIES
We urge you to get to know, and contribute to our friends at the following organizations, who are all working on different angles of the ‘smart’ meter issue:
Health and Safety: EMF Safety Network http://emfsafetynetwork.org
Health and Envt: Environmental Options Network (EON) http://eon3.net
EON EMF Blog: http://eon3emfblog.net/
Environmental Health Trust: http://www.environmentalhealthtrust.org/
Californians for Renewable Energy http://www.calfree.com/
Privacy issues: Electronic Frontier Foundation http://eff.org
Consumer Rights: The Utility Reform Network (TURN) http://turn.org
SMART METER CAMPAIGN UPDATES
42 CA LOCAL GOVERNMENTS UNITED IN DEMANDING A ‘SMART’ METER HALT
The number of local governments opposed to the ‘smart’ meter program continues to climb. A total of 32 cities, 9 counties and 1 Native American Tribe throughout CA- representing 2,242,123 people– have now formally demanded a halt to PG&E’s mandatory ‘smart’ meter program. It is now illegal under local ordinance to install within the jurisdiction of 11 of these local governments. Call the sheriff or police department if you see installations in any of these areas (or if PG&E tries to install on your home against your will). The updated list of local governments protesting can be found here. Want your city or county to be added to the list? Why not get them to pass an ordinance? Sample letter here.
STOP SMART METERS! DISRUPTS FCC CHAIR’S TALK IN SILICON VALLEY
Stop Smart Meters! and friends held a successful protest both outside and inside the Computer History Museum in Mountain View on Thursday as Julius Genachowski, Chair of the Federal Communications Commission, spoke about the need to increase wireless capacity, ignoring the millions who are suffering ill health as electrosmog pervades nearly every last corner of our nation. Half a dozen people- led by Stop Smart Meters!- were escorted out of the event by the Mountain View Police- video coverage here: https://stopsmartmeters.org/2011/04/14/stop-smart-meters-disrupts-fcc-chairs-speech-in-silicon-valley/ More analysis: http://smartermeters.blogspot.com/2011/04/ironic-is-word.html And we’re accused of being luddites here: http://www.greenbang.com/when-smart-meter-opponents-attack_17668.html Luddite and proud!
FCC LAYS GROUNDWORK TO STEAL JURISDICTION FROM LOCAL GOVTS
The Federal Communications Commission is laying the groundwork for a major intrusion upon State and local authority over rights-of-way and wireless facility siting. The FCC has started an “Acceleration of Broadband Deployment” docket aimed at “[r]educing the cost of broadband deployment” and “improving” current right-of-way and facilities siting policy. As its first act in the docket, the FCC released a Notice of Inquiry that seeks comment on current right-of-way and facility siting management practices. In plain English, this means that wireless companies will be able to install wireless equipment on your street, right next to your home with virtually no advance warning or even consultation with local governments. There’s that pesky democracy again interfering with even more massive industry profits…
SMART METER MONKEYWRENCHING REPORTED IN SANTA CRUZ COUNTY
As part of the heavily censored internal e-mails released by PG&E to the Bay Area media late last year after their ‘Smart’ Meter Program Director William Devereaux was caught snooping on customers’ e-mails, we discovered from e-mail correspondence that the utilities are not only dealing with widespread local government resistance and civil disobedience, they are apparently also facing a homegrown monkeywrenching campaign. Some residents appear to be so fed up with the ongoing unsolicited intrusion of wireless into their neighborhoods that they are willing to risk going to prison to rid themselves of health- harming microwave radiation. This is an indication of how desperate people have become while state government twiddles its thumbs. Full story: https://stopsmartmeters.org/2011/04/18/smart-meter-antenna-damage-reported-in-santa-cruz-county-in-light-of-government-inaction-some-taking-matters-into-their-own-hands/
DANIEL HIRSCH RIPS APART CCST REPORT’S ‘FUZZY MATH’
On April 19th, Stop Smart Meters! caught up with Daniel Hirsch, a lecturer and expert in nuclear policy at UCSC who has been widely quoted in the media regarding recent events in Japan. Mr. Hirsch had just finished his talk at Stevenson College about the crisis at Fukushima and what it means for the future of nuclear energy. After the talk, we asked him about ‘smart’ meter radiation. It appears that many of the distortions that industry has used to deflect concern about such non-ionizing wireless radiation are the same techniques that have been used for many years to downplay ionizing nuclear radiation. Full story and video: https://stopsmartmeters.org/2011/04/20/daniel-hirsch-on-ccsts-fuzzy-math/ The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) also challenged the CCST findings stating, “CDPH suggests further review of the literature on non-thermal effects, which is complicated and controversial, but does not support a claim of no non-thermal health effects from radio frequency electromagnetic fields.”
The CDPH provided links to studies and articles supporting their statement: More: http://emfsafetynetwork.org/?p=3856
PG&E CEO DARBEE RESIGNS- PEEVEY NEXT?
News came on April 21st that Pacific Gas and Electric CEO Peter Darbee has tendered his resignation effective April 30th. For the occasion, we’ve posted the video below. At 4:40, we interrupt Darbee’s (greenwashed) speech to present him with a Dumb Meter on behalf of the dozens of CA governments opposing the forced installation. Oh well, Mr. Darbee- enjoy your $35 million retirement package. I guess with that amount of (our) money, you can actually afford to ‘opt out’ from having a ‘smart’ meter after all. Video here: https://stopsmartmeters.org/2011/04/21/pge-ceo-darbee-resigns-peevey-next/
REJECT- DON’T ADAPT TO- ‘SMART’ METERS!
Here at Stop Smart Meters! we get a lot of e-mails from people all over the country who are suffering ill effects from the wireless ‘smart’ meters on their homes. Some have symptoms like nausea, dizziness, headaches, insomnia, and tinnitus. Others are just worried about the health of their families, given the strong evidence that the meters exceed FCC safety standards for human exposure to microwave radiation. Some are so sick they are forced to leave their homes entirely, representing an unlawful ‘taking’ of private property. Often the worst affected are vulnerable people, many elderly, suffering from conditions that make them more susceptible to powerful wireless bursts 24/7. It’s heartbreaking to hear hundreds of these reports, and to know that the state is allowing this to happen. The other day someone mentioned that they had abandoned the room next to a bank of utility meters along their wall. They just close the door and never use that room anymore. People adapt to insult and injury and move on. But there is a cost… More: https://stopsmartmeters.org/2011/04/26/reject-dont-adapt-to-smart-meters/
DEFEND YOUR ANALOG METER- PHOTOS OF SUCCESSFUL DEFENSES
Successful meter defenses allow the meter to be read, but not removed. The meter belongs to the utility, but the enclosure is – after all – your property. If PG&E or another utility damages your property to force their incredibly stupid meters on to your home, they will be liable.
We’ve posted examples of enclosures built by residents to protect analog meters from theft by agents of the utility (such as Wellington Energy). People have also used upside-down rubber coated dish drainers with brackets and locks and chains to defend their analogs. When the installer comes, (unless you stop him) the electric meter is popped off and replaced and a small rectangular device is affixed to the front of your existing gas meter.
Of course if you control access to the meter and the reader doesn’t have a key, you can refuse access entirely. Make sure everyone knows to refuse access if you live in an apartment! They will hop over fences and sneak around, waiting for you to leave. They especially like to intimidate elderly people, who (they think) won’t stand up for their rights. They will try to blag their way in anyway they can. Don’t let them! Pics of meter defenses and more at: https://stopsmartmeters.org/2011/04/28/defend-your-analog-meter-part-ii/ and https://stopsmartmeters.org/2011/05/11/defend-your-analog-meter-part-iii/
SHAME ON YOU GRANDPA- CALLING OUT CPUC PRESIDENT MICHAEL PEEVEY
–By Howard Glasser: “Good Morning Mr. Peevey. George Orwell had you and the industry you purport to regulate beat by 62 years. His book Nineteen Eighty-Four was published in 1949. If you haven’t read it, you really should. If you read it in high school or college, you may want to pick it up and read it again. It told of the future you are creating for yourself and us, your wife, your children and their children. You are leaving behind a legacy of terror Mr. Peevey…..” Full article: https://stopsmartmeters.org/2011/05/02/shame-on-you-grandpa/
MEDICAL EXPERTS: “NO JUSTIFICATION FOR STATEMENT THAT SMART METERS HAVE NO HEALTH EFFECTS.”
Dr. David Carpenter- a Harvard Medical School-trained physician who headed up the New York State Dept. of Public Health for 18 years before becoming Dean of the School of Public Health at the University of Albany, where he currently directs the Institute for Health and the Environment” states, “We have evidence…that exposure to radiofrequency radiation…increases the risk of cancer, increases damage to the nervous system, causes electrosensitivity, has adverse reproductive effects and a variety of other effects on different organ systems. There is no justification for the statement that Smart Meters have no adverse health effects.” Dr. Carpenter further advises, “An informed person should demand that they be allowed to keep their analog meter”
“THE RADIATION READINGS WERE SO HIGH I HAD TO GET AN ADDITIONAL PIECE OF EQUIPMENT TO READ HOW HIGH THE SPIKES WENT.”
A recent submission from a SSM! member, who didn’t believe PG&E’s claims that smart meter radiation is insignificant. The other day she went out into SF to do her own readings with an electromagnetic analyzer- what she found shocked her. Full story and video coverage: https://stopsmartmeters.org/2011/05/05/the-radiation-readings-were-so-high-i-had-to-get-an-additional-piece-of-equipment-to-read-how-high-the-spikes-went/
PUBLIC OPINION TURNING AGAINST SMARTMETERS
Judging from these series of interviews with random people carried out by the Mountain View Voice in the heart of Silicon Valley, public opinion is swinging against the ‘smart’ meter and demanding that independent studies be undertaken on health effects of the wireless technology. The question is- will strengthening public opinion against the meters translate into government policy? How strong is our democracy when corporate interests are at stake? Video here: https://stopsmartmeters.org/2011/05/11/public-opinion-turning-against-smartmeters/
SUCCESSFUL SMART METER FORUM IN SANTA BARBARA DRAWS 300+
The April 28th event- sponsored by the Santa Barbara Tea Party- has sparked a burgeoning movement against ‘smart’ meters in Southern California. So much so that Southern California Edison has now started calling their ‘smart’ meters “automatic electronic devices” to try and avert the public relations disaster that PG&E finds itself in up north. Hey SCE- you can put lipstick on a pig but at the end of the day- it’s still a pig. (No offense to pigs, who are actually quite lovely intelligent animals.) Full video coverage of event here: https://stopsmartmeters.org/2011/05/13/santa-barbara-smart-meter-forum-video/
ELECTRO HYPER SENSITIVES: THE CANARIES IN THE COAL MINE
May is Electromagnetic Radiation Awareness Month. In observance of this, SF resident Sudi Scull shared her story about living with hypersensitivity (EHS) and the dangers presented by SMART Meter technology and the “smart” grid. Full story: https://stopsmartmeters.org/2011/05/18/electro-hyper-sensitivity-the-canary-in-the-coal-mine/
STOP SMART METERS! DOES SACRAMENTO
Stop Smart Meters! organized a group train expedition to Sacramento on Monday May 9th in an attempt to wake up the California state legislature. “Hey, uh excuse me– legislature, pssst… the smart grid is hurting us.” Senate Bill 932- a mild cell phone advisory bill was up for a vote (it passed and now heads to the floor), the Assembly Utilities and Commerce Committee (including Jared Huffman author of AB 37- the opt out bill that has now been put on hold) hearing our testimony on the health damage caused by smart meters, trading blows with the telecommunications industry in the halls, and a brewing revolution ignited by Code Pink, the Teachers Union, and students from all over CA. (65 people ended up getting arrested that night). Video coverage: https://stopsmartmeters.org/2011/05/19/stop-smart-meters-does-sacramento/
SAN FRANCISCO PG&E PROTEST PICS
Thanks to all who came out to support the (very vocal) protest against smart meters at PG&E HQ on May 20th– photos are available here: https://stopsmartmeters.org/2011/05/23/san-francisco-pge-protest-pics/ Video to come.
APPLIANCES INTRODUCING STEALTH EMF INTO OUR HOMES
This morning we received an open letter from Cindy Sage, Principal of Sage Associates, an environmental consulting firm based in Santa Barbara. What she reports below is very disturbing- that appliances are already being fitted with transmitters to connect to the ‘smart’ grid via the ‘home area network.’ Full coverage including refrigerators talking behind your back: https://stopsmartmeters.org/2011/05/27/appliances-introducing-stealth-emf-into-our-homes/
BERKELEY SHRUB EXPOSED TO 112 ‘SMART’ METERS DIES
From a woman living next to 112 ‘smart’ meters in Berkeley CA:
“Funny you email today…the shrub died completely and was recently removed. Today the wood doors to the wall of smart meters are being replaced with metal doors which I’m wondering may reflect even more emf into our apartments. Here is a photo taken today. Thank you for all your important work. In the meantime I avoid my living room which is nearest the meters and kind of a drag to confine myself to one room now.” CPUC investigation? Don’t hold your breath. Full story and video coverage: https://stopsmartmeters.org/2011/05/25/berkeley-emf-analysis-and-rip-shrub/
STOP SMART METERS! ON TWITTER!
For the latest campaign updates and links to developing stories that don’t make it onto our website, follow us on Twitter! We are “stopsmeters” Retweet! Retweet!
SIGN PETITION CALLING FOR NEW FCC STANDARDS ON WIRELESS EXPOSURE
We have a calendar page on our website- for more details about the events below see https://stopsmartmeters.org/how-you-can-stop-smart-meters/calendar/ Please send us any items related to ‘smart’ meters or the ‘smart’ grid and we will post them.
PG&E’s Mobile Tour Schedule- Great Opportunity to Get the Truth out to the Public!
MEDIA UPDATE AND LINKS
Wireless ‘Smart’ Meter Debacle
Use Less, Pay More under PG&E’s Proposed Rate Hike
Industry:‘Smart Grid to cost billions, save trillions’ And I have a bridge to sell you
Connectivity Week: Smart Grid will create jobs, screw health
Greentech Media: Confronting the Smart Meter and Health Issue Link
Grids to harness power of electric cars
Mill Valley Patch- How PG&E’s Smart Meters Work
Smart Meter Program Over Budget and Under Attack
Maine PUC Approves Smart Meter Opt Out Plan
Behave Yourself! Utilities have your Numbers and they’ll know your habits too
Smart Meter Wars: Controversy Erupts in CA
Smart meters lead to high bills for two Temecula Families
Glendale and Burbank Residents Resist new Smart Grid System
Burbank Residents Fight Smart Meters
Smart Grid Proponents Wonder Aloud: What if Smart Meters DO Cause Health Issues?
Research Says Smart Meters Safe, but Many See Need for More Study
Mtn View Couple Gets $1400 from PG&E for SmartMeter Glitch
Smart Water Meter Article
SF Chronicle: Smart Meters not so smart- Overheating Causes Overcharging
PG&E Admits to Smart Meter Problems
Smart Meters Focus of Santa Barbara Forum
Smart Meter? Her Heart’s Not In It
Carmel’s SmartMeter Plan Rolling Out Statewide
Fairfax Mayor Larry Bragman on PG&E’s Cop Out Plan
Smart Meters: Unregulated, Unsafe- Feds Under the Influence (of Wireless Industry)
Lake County Files Opposition to PG&E’s Cop Out Plan
Stop Smart Meters! Director Joshua Hart Interviewed on KPFA- listen online
SF to Launch Pay by Cell Phone Parking Meters
Smart Meters Interfering with Town Radios
Smart Meters Hit Obstacles in Downtown SF
Safety of Smart Meter Disconnect Switch Questioned
Josh Hart on Canada’s CKNW Radio
Prescient SF Examiner Report from 2008- Meters May Not Be Smart
Maine Lawmakers Table Opt Out, Kill Moratorium
Federal Smart Grid Site
General Wireless and Health News
Europeans Speak to the Point- Protect Public Health
UK Telegraph: Meet the Woman Allergic to Electricity
File under Stupid/ Monumentally Abusive- though prob. just ignorant: Babies with Ipads
Bees Know Best at Oceanside’s Prince of Peace Abbey
Paper on Bees and Cell Radiation by B. Trower, UK microwave weapons expert
Cell Radiation Responsible for Worldwide Bee Deaths, Study Finds
Wireless Hurts Tadpoles, Finds Study
Marin IJ: Study Probes EMF Risks
WHO to Cover Up Dangers of Cell Phones?
Cell Phone Use May Reduce Male Fertility
Researchers Say New Studies Confirm Cell Phone Hazards while “Stunning proof” ignored in North America
CNN Video: Alan Marks overcomes brain cancer to fight for cell phone safety
CNN: Dr. Sanjay Gupta – Cell Phones and your brain (“The voices are becoming louder!”)
CNN: Discussion with Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta (“The science has not caught up!”)
Navy Radio Jamming Garage Door Openers
Senator Leland Yee, PhD on Cell Phone Health Risks
Senator Mark Leno on Cell Phone Safety
Insomnia, Fatigue and Cell-Phone Towers
Feds Reopen Probe Into Medical Scanner Approvals: Allegations FDA Scientists Pressured to Approve Unsafe Devices
Ban WiFi and Cell Phones From Classrooms, say European Leaders
Cell Phone Safety Being Ignored in Washington, Say Scientists
Russian Committee Urges Caution on Wireless Tech (pdf)
US Electromagnetic Weapons and Human Rights
Cell Phone Towers: The 3am Alarm Clock
Good Practice in Low EMF Housing Design- Cindy Sage
Theoretical Physicist: Cell Signals and Invisible Biological Threat
Lightsquared Satellite to Shower 92% of land mass with EMF’s
Prevention Mag: Is Dirty Electricity Making you Sick?
Chinese Study Points to 30x increased risk of tumors from cell phones
NY Times: Do Cell Phones Cause Brain Tumors?
General Utility Dysfunction
California’s top energy regulator consorts with power company executives
Nuclear Guardianship as a Spiritual Path
PG&E To Charge Customers for Getting Rid of Analog Meters
PG&E Weather Modification Program Info
PG&E Eases Stance on CEO Package, SmartMeters
Are PG&E’s Nukes as Risky as its Gas Lines?
Governor Says Ratepayers Should Not Pay for PG&E CEO Retirement
AT&T and T-Mobile Merger Greased by Big Donations to Politicians
The Monster Footprint of Digital Technology
More Empty Promises from PG&E
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