Memphians will see the City Council vote on spending $60 million for smart meters on August 20, but proponents of them would like to see them go national.
With the cooperation of two Democrats in Congress, they may get their way.
Two members of congress (Jerry McNerney, D- Stockton, CA and Matt Cartwright, D- PA) have introduced a congressional bill (HR 2685) that would apparently require all electricity providers (including rural cooperatives and municipal utilities) to join the ‘smart’ grid and install ‘smart’ meters.
In addition the bill would require appliances with the Energy Star label to include wireless transmitters that cannot be turned off, in order to communicate (and presumably cough up your private data and respond to orders from Big Brother Smart Grid to switch you off at a moment’s notice, as happened to dozens of people in Northern California recently when their not-so-smart-AC program cut off their air conditioning at the height of the recent heat wave.) The bill would also establish a “smart grid information center” that would presumably create pro-smart grid propaganda at the taxpayer’s expense. Sounds like the marriage between industry and government is about to be consummated – unless you take action and restrict this perverse love affair.
If you enjoy being radiated, and having your appliances speak to the utility and law enforcement, and want to force even small utilities to install smart meters on an unwilling public, just sit there and do nothing.
If you’d rather not see this bill passed, make the call today.
The bill will go first to the Energy and Commerce committee which includes Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and Henry Waxman (D-CA). What you can do:
1) Contact bill authors Jerry McNerney (209) 476-8552 and Matt Cartwright 202-225-5546 and encourage them to KILL the BILL. (what are they thinking?)
2) Contact your congressional representative, and urge them to oppose HR 2685. Tell them why.
Please spread the word to your networks, and encourage swift and widespread action to stop this bill. The smart grid is already a public health and safety disaster – let’s not make it worse.
In the meantime, do you know which appliance manufacturers hide wireless chips in their products and which do not? Why not call them up and ask them today? If you have newer appliances, they may already be ‘talking’ to your utility without your consent or knowledge.