Florida Civil Liberties Union chapter does not endorse Smart Meters

Resolution of the Sarasota-Manatee-DeSoto Chapter

of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida

Regarding “Smart Meters”

The Sarasota-Manatee-DeSoto Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union of

Florida having considered a presentation by area residents concerned about various

issues associated with the use of Smart Meters both locally by Florida Power and

Light (FPL) and statewide in Florida by numerous other utilities.

The use of Smart Meters involves issues of privacy that are well within traditional

ACLU concerns about data aggregation and collection. Energy usage patterns can,

and have been, used as part of law enforcement surveillance, and the increasingly

fine grain of the data collected and retained by regulated utilities deploying Smart

Meters heightens the stakes.

Florida’s Public Service Commission has declined to address these issues in a

meaningful way.

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New Studies Show Health Risks from Wireless Tech: Warnings from the BioInitiative Working Group

11Apr 2014

New Studies Show Health Risks from Wireless Tech

New Studies Show Health Risks from Wireless Tech:  Warnings from the BioInitiative Working Group/ University at Albany, Rensselaer, New York /April 16, 2014

The BioInitiative Working Group says evidence for health risk from wireless tech is growing stronger and warrants immediate action.  The Group released a mid-year update covering new science studies from 2012 to 2014.

New studies intensify medical concerns about malignant brain tumors from cell phone use. “There is a consistent pattern of increased risk for glioma (a malignant brain tumor) and acoustic neuroma with use of mobile and cordless phones” says Lennart Hardell, MD, PhD at Orebro University, Sweden, according to studies released in 2012 and 2013. “Epidemiological evidence shows that radiofrequency should be classified as a known human carcinogen. The existing FCC/IEEE and ICNIRP public safety limits are not adequate to protect public health.”

The BioInitiative reports nervous system effects in 68% of studies on radiofrequency radiation (144 of 211 studies) in 2014.  This has increased from 63% in 2012 (93 of 150 studies) in 2012.   Studies of extremely-low frequency radiation are reported to cause nervous system effects in 90% of the 105 studies available in 2014.     Genetic effects (damage to DNA) from radiofrequency radiation is reported in 65% (74 of 114 studies); and 83% (49 of 59 studies) of extremely-low frequency studies.

Mobile wireless devices like phones and tablets are big sources of unnecessary biological stress to the mind and body that can chip away at resilience over time.  The Report warns against wireless in schools.   Schools should provide internet access without Wi-FI.

“It is essentially an unregulated experiment on childrens’ health and learning.

Microwave from wireless tech disrupts thinking – what could be worse for learning?  Technology can be used more safely with wired devices that do not produce these biologically-disruptive levels of microwave radiation” said Cindy Sage, Co-Editor of the BioInitiative Report.

Federal programs like ConnectED  and E-Rate are calling for wireless classrooms while ignoring the health evidence.  Hyperactivity, concentration problems, anxiety, irritability, disorientation, distracted behavior, sleep disorders, and headaches are reported in clinical studies.

Government reviews on health impacts of wireless radiofrequency radiation from the European Union and Australia continue to be inconclusive largely because they require certainty before issuing warnings.   The FCC review of health impacts from wireless technologies is still underway, but has not affected the federal push for wireless classrooms.

See:                                          www.bioinitiative.org
Contact:                                   info@bioinitiative.org
David O. Carpenter, MD           dcarpenter@albany.edu

Read full study at:  http://www.bioinitiative.org/new-studies-show-health-risks-from-wireless-tech/