It’s a good question, posed by members of the public out loud yesterday morning after the CPUC voted 4-1 to deny the EMF Safety Network’s petition to halt ‘smart’ meter installations based on flimsy and distorted evidence provided by PG&E.
Yesterday’s decision flies in the face of health complaints by thousands of California residents, demands to halt the program by 22 local governments, the CPUC’s own Division of Ratepayer Advocates, and hundreds of peer-reviewed scientific studies showing health impacts from wireless radiation at levels far below what is emitted by the ‘smart’ meter.
By parroting PG&E’s misrepresentations about the level of radiation from their new meters, and denying the growing evidence that human electro-sensitivity is a real and growing threat, President of the CPUC Michael Peevey showed that his commission has become nothing more than an arm of the utility companies, unable or unwilling to protect the public’s health and safety. After all, for them to admit that wireless is a major health threat is to undermine the profits of major telecommunications and utility companies. Shatter the illusion of a wireless future. And it is clear that the CPUC would rather bury its head in the sand like a giant awkward flightless bird, unwilling to adapt to a changed world, forcing the people of California to pay a heavy price for its denial.
The truth is that ‘smart’ meters emit sharp bursts of radiation every 45 seconds, 24 hours a day, at roughly 2-3 times the intensity of a cell phone. Given that wireless technology is being implicated by researchers in a wide range of health impacts, it is pure recklessness to place these devices on everyone’s home, in some cases co-located in banks of 30-40 meters inches from where children are sleeping. The commission yesterday could have put a halt to further installation pending the release of a report commissioned by the State Assembly on the health impacts of smart meters, but instead they chose to place corporate profits above the welfare of CA families.
In light of a regulatory agency that is hostile to human health and the environment, Stop Smart Meters! is urging people to protect themselves and their communities using non-violent civil disobedience where necessary. People are asking what we do next. The answer is very simple. We organize with our neighbors and get in their way.
Wellington Energy- PG&E’s installation company- is not welcome in California. The health of our children is simply not negotiable.