Who Has Had Enough of the Smart Meter Bullying?

February 23rd, 2012 – 109 Texas Citizens Press Texas Public Utilities Commission to Act on “Smart” Meters – In a legal filing today Texas utility customers asked for legal relief against the bullying actions of a number of Texas electric utilities.   They are seeking to have their case heard by an Administrative Law Judge.  A key assertion was that:

“In order to persuade consumers to permit the installation of smart meters on their residences and businesses some and, perhaps all, utilities and purveyors have engaged in egregious misconduct, engaging in deliberately fraudulent representations and fraudulently withholding vital information material to the consumer’s informed consent, and where fraud was insufficient such utilities and purveyors have engaged in unlawful duress and even unlawful force.”  (Does this sound familiar folks?)

Many specific examples of fraudulent statements are cited, including “implicating personnel of the PUC … by persuading them to fraudulently respond to complaints and inquiries by concerned citizens that ‘Customers do not have the opportunity to opt out of having their meter replaced with an AMS meter’ even though the PUC official could not pretend to be unaware of … “ (Texas law to the contrary)  (Does this sound familiar?)

The parallels to our own situation here in Michigan seem all too obvious.

The specific remedies sought by the Texans are very enlightening.  If they get even half of what they are asking for they will have killed smart meters in their state.  Their filing was prepared by or under the supervision of an attorney.  Click here to review their entire petition. 

Where are we here in Michigan?  We have a Public Services Commission which has failed to exercise proper supervision of the meter rollout in our state, and whose staff people routinely tell consumers they have no choice but to permit installation of a smart meter – even though they know that is NOT the law.

We have a Public Services Commission that was asked by the governments of 9 Michigan cities to:

  1. Institute a review of the health effects of the meters.
  2. Impose a moratorium on further installs pending results of a health study.
  3. Do more to educate the public about the nature of the smart meters and the risks they pose.
  4. Allow for individual opt-outs.

Our MPSC issued an Order on January 12th that did not include 3 of the above 4 requests by the city governments. 

While our Commission “investigates” for the next 6 months, it is also permitting DTE to install possibly as many as a half million more ‘smart’ meters without the informed consent of the utility’s customers.  If we take no major action to change things, all we can expect from this investigation is probably some sort of individual ‘opt-out’ involving the payment of onerous fees for the ‘privilege’.  The outcome would likely be similar to what happened in California – where they must now fight the fees.  What about whole communities opting out? What about the informed consent of the governed?  What about the possible health damage to millions of citizens from their own or a neighbor’s smart meter?

Is it not time we Michiganders followed the example of the Texans and filed a similar legal document with our MPSC?  Who is ready to add their name to such a complaint?  Who is ready to attend a public meeting to discuss where we go from here?  And if our complaint is denied by the Commission, who is ready to take it all the way to the State Supreme Court?

Please post a comment here and send an email to Vigilant Dave at the address shown at the bottom of this page if you are willing to participate or help in some way.

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2 thoughts on “Who Has Had Enough of the Smart Meter Bullying?

  1. SMART METER HEALTH REPORT

    HEALTH DEPARTMENT SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, STATE OF CALIFORNIA JANUARY 2012.

    (Statements, not all 11 pages)

    – Smart meters expose persons in the home to FULL BODY RADIATION EXPOSURES 50 TO 450 TIMES GREATER RADIATION THAN CELL PHONES depending on proximity in the home to the smart meter attached to outside wall (calculated using the inverse square).

    – Smart meters emit radiation almost continuously throughout the day 24/7, 365 days per year.

    – Increased permeability of the blood-brain barrier in the head, harmful effects on sperm, double strand breaks in DNA which could lead to cancer genesis, stress gene activation indicating exposure to a toxin, and alterations in brain glucose metabolism.

    – Electro Hypersensitivity is a real and sometimes debilitating problem for the affected persons. . Above affects are occurring to all persons, not just those who are hypersensitive (added for clarification).

    – FCC guidelines are irrelevant and cannot be used for any claims of Smart Meter safety unless heat damage is involved

    – Smart meter exposure is Involuntary exposure. Governmental agencies for protecting public health and safety should be much more vigilant towards involuntary environmental exposures because governmental agencies are the only defense against such involuntary exposure.

    http://emfsafetynetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/Health-Risks-Associated-With-SmartMeters.pdf

    …to my knowledge, this is the first public health department report in the U.S. that considered current available science rather than simply passing along information from Utility companies and the industry that manufactures the meters.

    • As an electrician for over 30 years, I can say that I have some very trnasge things happen with electrical wiring installations done many years ago. But these hoaky installations usually fail when someone comes in and tries to do things up to code.I know that a good copper wire installation can last for 100 years or more, as long as nobody messes with it, even if it is knob and tube wiring done correctly.For these power companies to claim that the fires, malfunctions of GFCIs and AFCIs, appliances that are UL approved, medical equipment, radio gear, switchgear and security lighting systems is not the fault of the new radio meters is a lie.It is the fault of the new meters, it’s obvious when all the devices have been working fine for decades in a building.When troubleshooting, we start at where the problem is and work backwards to the source, in the case of the malfunctioning new radio meters, that is where the problem is. If everything else checks out fine, then these power companies are completely liable for their faulty installations done by non-electricians who are not qualified or permitted to work on something as critical and important as an electrical system which is the most important system (besides water) for any dwelling.It seems to be the new age of trashing electrical codes, complete disregard for citizens health and safety, trashing citizens property and privacy rights, propaganda brainwashing campaigns- using federal stimulus money to pay for all this BS, and basically treating everyone that is not one of the elite in the funny money club like dung.How much longer will this continue before there is a real blowout ?Even PG&E admits that the addition of all the new energy hogging meters will cause brownouts (voltage sags due to the new load of the meters), but what about actual blackouts ?That is when traffic signals go dark, people get trapped in elevators, electric transit systems fail, water and sewer treatment plants and related pump stations are shut down, and the corporate looters move back in to really clean up .Get up, stand up, stand up for your rights- and don’t give up the fight.Bob Marley.

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