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Why Lubbock Residents Should Be Concerned About Smart Meters

Why Lubbock Residents Should Be Concerned About Smart Meters

Over the past several years Smart Meter/Smart Grid technology has been deployed worldwide including in America. Literally tens of millions of meters and thousands of grids have been forced on the citizens of many countries by their utility providers without citizen input. This technology involves the replacement of analogue (spinning wheels inside), old-style electric meters with digital meters that communicate with a larger Smart Grid.  The Smart Meter, so-called because it can collect detailed information about energy usage in your home and communicate it back to a central command and control system at the utility company, communicates with the Smart Grid through pulses of radio frequency electromagnetic energy. Testing shows that most of the radio frequency pulses that occur numerous times per minute do not contain information about your utility usage but are for the purposes of the Smart Meter on your home or business synchronizing with the Smart Grid. Your Smart Meter will send detailed information about your electricity use around seven times a day. It has also been shown, despite the bleating of utility officials to the contrary, that Smart Meters emit RF energy at a strength around 300 times that of a cell phone. The installation of Smart Meters went to “warp speed” due to hundreds of millions of dollars funneled to utility companies through the federal stimulus program.

So, why should Lubbock residents and customers of Lubbock be so concerned about the use of Smart Meters? We believe the concerns fall into the following areas:

Health – The World Health Organization has categorized cell phone radiation as a Class 2-B carcinogen. Smart Meter RF pulses are about 300 times stronger than cell phone radiation, so, they must surely be included on WHO’s list of potential carcinogens eventually. In addition, thousands of complaints have been filed with numerous state public utility commissions regarding negative health effects that utility customers have begun to suffer after the installation of a Smart Meter. These perceived health effects are a primary cause for the California PUC and the Maine PUC allowing citizens to defer Smart Meter installations or to opt out all together. Other state PUCs and the Canadian Minister of Energy recently have expressed concerns about the potential public health impact of Smart Meters.

Privacy – Smart Meters collect information about your usage of electricity (the technology could be applied to gas and water also) and then communicate that information to the larger Smart Grid where it is recorded and stored at the utility company’s centralized command and control facility. SM/SG does away with meter readers who just come once a month and read the dials on your old meter for the purposes of billing you for your consumption. As you might imagine, the Smart Meter is always on, always watching for electricity usage when you wake up and turn on lights or bathroom vent fan, when you turn on your stove to cook breakfast or dinner, when you start your dishwasher or washing machine, when your AC or heater is on or when you are not home. Much of your life involves energy consumption and your living patterns will now be monitored and information collected and stored about those living patterns. Is this what Lubbock Electric customers have signed up for? We believe all a utility company needs to know about us is how much we use per billing period and if we are we paying our bills.

Information Security – There is no guarantee of security of the information that is collected and transmitted from the Smart Meter over the Smart Grid by wireless radio frequency or when it is stored in the utility company’s computers. Who is allowed access to this data? Will you appreciate it when Lubbock Power and Light sells your information to a drug company that begins to market sleep aides to you because they can see from the data collected that you are up all night and probably suffer from insomnia? Or, how about the real threat of someone hacking into the utility company’s system and getting data that tells them exactly when you are not home making you a target of burglary?

Freedom – Most utility companies are monopolies that are not subject to the rigors of the free market that would drive them to greater customer service in order to keep their customers happy. Arrogant bureaucratic thinking is the order of the day and is most probably what is driving the relentless use of intimidation and force to get Smart Meters installed on every home in other places. Central planners have long dreamed of being able to control precisely the flow of energy to all of our homes at all times and then to measure exactly how we all use it. The argument is that if we allow them to do this, they will be able to effectively tier their pricing and charge us more for “peak use” consumption which will in turn cause us to be happier because we will then adjust our consumption habits toward more efficient usage and it will cost us less. There is something very twisted about this line of reasoning and most freedom-loving Americans reject these tactics and this thinking out of hand.

Another issue that may be driving utility companies to force this intrusive technology onto their customers is the availability of massive amounts of stimulus funds (borrowed from Communist China) for this purpose. Finally, central governments all over the planet, including ours, that are aligned with UN Agenda 21/Sustainable Development and many corporations that profit from it have embraced with near religious fervor the dogma of manmade global warming. This drives their irrational concern about the use of fossil fuels, CO2 emissions (without CO2 we would all die), and building more power plants when necessary to serve a prosperous population.

Cost – No evidence has ever shown that Smart Meters decrease the cost of electricity. In fact, it is more likely, due to tiered pricing, your energy bills will increase.

In order to restore Constitutional governance in Lubbock and thereby contribute to the restoration of Constitutional governance throughout this country we must have city officials who refocus their energy and their thinking back to the local level. The notion of “think globally, act locally” is horribly flawed. That indicates a top-down system of governance where global central planners make our decisions and control our lives for us. Our system was designed to be a bottom-up Republic where the people tell our governmental representatives what we want and they go do it. They are our employees. We are not their employees. The same should be true for any utility company since they are ultimately under the jurisdiction of our state government. Why have our public officials and our public utility companies so grossly failed in their prime directive to protect our health, our privacy, our security, and our freedom in the matter of Smart Meters/Smart Grids?

GEL and Resist21

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