Letter: Smart meters look like a dumb deal

Letter: Smart meters look like a dumb deal

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Iowa Consumer Advocate Mark Schuling is opposing Alliant Energy’s smart meter rollout at an Iowa Utility Board hearing Nov. 5 in Des Moines. Many Attorneys General and state utility boards around the country have opposed smart meters due to many studies showing no cost benefit, just rate hikes.

Smart meters cost about six times more than analog meters, with one-third the lifetime. There is also the multi-million-dollar initial cash expense to replace 481,000 working analog meters.

Studies show that the faster outage reporting that Alliant and other utility companies claim do not result in faster service restoration.

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has warned about serious dangers to America’s security from the smart grid and smart meters. So has former CIA Director James Woolsey, calling the smart grids “stupid” on national TV (along with many other cyber security experts and institutions).

The ACLU and many others oppose smart meters for privacy violation: a $2.2 trillion per year data market is expected, for selling detailed customer personal lifestyle data. Alliant claims it will not sell data, but Alliant customer service reps have told me, “We may change any policy at any time without notice.”

Although Alliant’s planned opt out meter has been shown to be acceptable for health, Alliant’s proposed opt out proposal is severe: We would read our own meter, pay $15/month (Alliant saves millions each year by laying off meter readers), with a four-day monthly window to submit readings (our travel scheduled around reading our meter, and no more opt outs allowed after an temporary opt out period – in perpetuity).

Oppose the smart meter roll out by contacting the Iowa Utility Board.

Smart meter skeptics to host Black Mountain info session Nov. 3

Smart meter skeptics to host Black Mountain info session Nov. 3

Note: Duke Energy spokesperson Meghan Musgrave Miles, speaking in a recent Xpress articleabout the topic, notes that “Both the FCC and the World Health Organization have stated that the small amount of RF [radio frequency energy] emitted by smart meters poses no threat to human health.”

Press release from Swannanoa Valley for Safe Technology:

Swannanoa Valley for Safe Technology is calling to order its first meeting, “Smart Meters – Make an Informed Choice,” at The White Horse in Black Mountain on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018.  The event is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m.  Our mission is to educate the citizenry so that they are empowered to make wise and informed choices concerning Duke Energy Progress’ rollout of smart meters in Buncombe County.

The threat of public and environmental harm from wireless radiation is real and growing. Local control is needed to ensure community safety, welfare and compliance with federal, state, and local laws.

Local citizens will present the hazards of smart meters which include health risks, what to do to protect yourself, environmental impact, how EMF microwave radiation affects the body, cost-risk-benefit analysis, safety issues and the illegal invasion of privacy.  Josh Hart, director of StopSmartMeters.org, will address attendees via Skype.

Take Back Your Power, the award-winning documentary uncovers the shocking story behind why hundreds of local governments and millions of ratepayers are standing against the multi-billion dollar rollout of smart utility meters. With compelling insight from whistle-blowers, government agents, lawyers, doctors, researchers and environmentalists, Josh del Sol’s ‘Take Back Your Power’ investigates the claimed benefits and emerging risks of a profit-based global initiative that seeks to change the way we live. What you’ll discover will surprise, unsettle and ultimately empower you.

Peer-reviewed published studies link electromagnetic fields and wireless radiation (EMFs) to health problems including: fatigue, headaches, sleep problems, anxiety, ringing in the ears, heart problems, learning and memory disorders, increased cancer risk, and more. Studies show radiation harms nature, and children are especially vulnerable. Precaution is advised by healthcare and science experts. In California and other states, prudent avoidance of EMFs is recommended public policy.

Jerry Day, an environmental researcher and video/media production specialist, states: “Invasive and dangerous technologies have been built into a new generation of electric meters. Smart meters enable data to be collected on individuals and delivered to elite globalist policy makers and power collectives to enable them to control and exploit populations on a local basis. Global “governance” is not consensus-driven and it is only good for extracting wealth and freedoms from populations by force and dictate. Just as all major empires ultimately fail, global governance is a flawed concept which does not allow for local geology, climate, culture, history, aspirations and citizen rights.”

New Mexico regulators rejected smart meters.  According to New Mexico activist and author Arthur Firstenberg, “The decision means there will not be smart meters in the near future in New Mexico’s metropolitan areas: Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Las Vegas, Clayton, Ruidoso, Tularosa, Alamogordo, Silver City, Lordsburg and Deming.” Maui, Hawaii won its cases against its electric companies and has no smart meters. In California, 21 cities are fighting the battle to get rid of smart meters. Morganton, NC has no smart meters.

Visit Swannanoa Valley for Safe Technology on Facebook to RSVP on the Events Tab. For more information, call 828-242-9050 or email bioelectricshieldsolutions@gmail.com.

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