March 19, 2012

Please support "Smart meter" opt out legislation for Wisconsin

IMHO it is time to introduce and support "smart meter" opt out legislation in Wisconsin. That is, of course, only if you believe people ought to have the right to determine what kinds of devices are attached to THEIR homes and properties and apartments if the emissions affect their living areas.

A smart meter measures electric/gas/water usage remotely using pulses and bursts of radiofrequency radiation, similar to cell phone technology, though levels in both types of devices vary. Most state residents have at least one of these wireless meters installed, since the utilities never asked IF we wanted them in the first place.

"Smart meters" are being forced onto residents in Wisconsin regardless of people's feelings or knowledge about the privacy, security and health risks regarding these untested, non- UL approved, devices.

The issue boils down to:

*Do people here have the right to control the safety and privacy of their own home environments as they see fit, or do the utilities and Public Service Commission?

*Should the doctor-patient relationship be protected in Wisconsin, or can it - legally and ethically - be ignored by the utilities and Public Service Commission? (Some residents' doctors had written letters so individuals with concerns could opt out, which have been routinely refused.)

*Should the state be able to trash residents' opinions, which are based upon professional recommendations, such as the voice of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine calling for the HALT of the smart meter program due to health risks to the public, or other health officials recommending precautions?

*Should the only option for people with informed health or privacy concerns about smart meters be to go off grid or move to another state?

*Do Wisconsin residents actually know smart meters are just a tiny part of what the big smart grid plan is, and that plan includes "carbon management," "demand-response time-of-use pricings," and Grid Friendly (wireless) appliances and thermostats?

*Does Wisconsin want to be left in the dust in the growing privacy, property & health rights trend, where Michigan, Maine, Georgia, California, Vermont and Maryland have smart meter opt-out legislation in process or passed, and people are working in Texas, Illinois, Florida and elsewhere to protect consumers' rights? Or does this state want to stay in the dark ages, where the needs and beliefs of responsible, paying energy customers are tread upon by the authorities?

Please call state legislators to create/support legislation to allow residents to opt out of new smart meters and replace existing ones with safe, tried-and-true analog meters. A person can choose to turn a cell phone on or off, but smart meter radiation exposure is 100% involuntary - and unnecessary.

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