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by David Sheldon

August 27th, 2017 – New Petition Aimed at Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette Asks Him to Enforce Existing Laws Against ‘Smart’ Meters.

We are calling on all of you who have issues with smart meters – whether it be for privacy violations, health violations or reckless disregard for our safety from lightning and fires – to join our NEW PETITION TO MICHIGAN ATTORNEY GENERAL BILL SCHUETTE. He is our state’s chief law enforcer and he has so far ignored the Fourth Amendment violations, Michigan’s own felony surveillance statute, and a state law mandating that utilities deliver safe energy. He has stood idly by while senior citizens have their electricity shut off for resisting this new technology – even when they have doctor’s letters and their very lives are placed at risk.

This man is reportedly planning to run in the Republican primary as the party’s next candidate for Governor. Let’s let him know he won’t have our support if he continues to fiddle while Michiganders suffer!

Here is the petition, started by John Kurczewski: Click Here

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My name is John Kurczewski. I live in Indian River and am dedicated to getting the word out about the dangers of so called smart meters and so called “opt out” meters.  Myself, along with Joe and Jaime Chimner attend monthly meetings with our state Representative, Lee Chatfield.  We are very active with the post card campaign.  We have pre addressed, pre stamped postcards to the Representatives on the Energy Committee who are undecided on how they will vote on HB 4220, the Analog Utility meter Choice Bill.  The post cards urge the Representative to vote “Yes” for the Bill.We have had one showing of the award winning documentary, Take back Your Power, a film dealing with all aspects of smart meters.  We plan on another showing in Indian River this fall, as requested by the library board.  We are also looking into showing the latest film about electrosensitivity.  I have a limited amount of information packs, (limited due to printing costs), that include peer reviewed scientific studies, medical symptoms caused by smart meters, sworn testimony as to the health dangers by the world famous Dr. David O. Carpenter, and much more.  I have been researching this issue for two years and have included the most revealing information that the public is not hearing about.

If you live in Cheboygan or surrounding counties and want more information, you can contact me at irjohnk@gmx.com and I would be happy to provide what I can.  If you would like to help out, you will be most welcomed.  Thank you.

John Kurczewski
Indian River, Mi.

(Editor’s note: We also need a volunteer to begin
educational work in the Upper Peninsula. If you
can help, email fdshel@gmx.com. Thanks.)

“A river cuts through rock, not because of it’s power, but because of it’s persistence.”
J. Watkins.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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from the Center for Electrosmog Prevention

July 20th, 2017 – People with disabilities and medical conditions may feel they are being discriminated against – involuntarily exposed to RF radiation from smart meters on their property or neighboring properties that may cause harm, risk, exacerbate an existing condition, or are being charged fees to opt-out of smart meters for medical reasons (illegal surcharge). Accommodations may be requested of the PUC or utility for qualifying disabilities or medical conditions. A discrimination complaint may be filed if accommodations aren’t met.

Each state and local gov’t, including a municipal utility (run by local gov’t)  is required to follow the Americans with Disabilities Act under Title II .  Privately-owned utilities may be covered under Title III (see below). The ADA (more at http://www.ada.gov) is enforced by the US Dept of Justice (US DOJ). Privately-owned utilities that accepted federal funding for smart meter and smart grid projects also must follow certain additional federal discrimination laws, such as Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (as amended), as it applies to equal access to program benefits and services (equal access to essential utilities such as electricity and gas or water)**, with enforcement by the US Dept of Energy.

People with qualifying disabilities**** under the ADA*** may wish to file a complaint against the state Public Utility Commission and the utility company involved, if they feel their rights have been violated through denial of accommodations for their disability or medical condition.  More

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Editor’s Note: Helpful supporting evidence for a discrimination complaint may soon be available from new genetic screening procedure.

 

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House Bill 4220 (2017)
by David Sheldon

It has been brought to my attention that, in all these months of reporting discussions about our bill in the House Energy Committee, that we had neglected to put up a concise summary of what the bill would do. Here is an official summary of the bill, as prepared by the Legislative Service Bureau. The bill is still stalled in the House Energy Committee. We need about three more votes to pass it out of committee.

Frequently Asked Questions About House Bill 4220:

Would I have to accept a digital meter or radio-off meter in place of the smart meter?

Ans: No. You are entitled to have any electric or gas smart meter removed and replaced with the traditional analog electro-mechanical meter.

What about my smart water meter?

Ans: That was originally in the bill too, but subsequently the ability to keep a smart or ‘advanced’ water meter off your home was put into a separate bill, House Bill 4338, which was referred to the Local Government committee. All remaining questions refer to HB 4220.

Would I have to pay to have the smart meter removed from my home?

Ans: No, unless the smart meter was installed after the effective date of this bill and you initially consented to its installation. The $150 remove and replace fee mentioned in the bill applies only to those who consented to a smart meter installation in the first place. If you did not consent, you do not have to pay.

Would I have to pay a monthly fee for someone to come out and read my traditional analog meter?

Ans: Not if you read it yourself and report it accurately every month.

I hesitate to visit my health care practitioners, or even go to a library or city council meeting because of the health symptoms I get when exposed to the smart meters on these buildings. Is anything being done about that?

Ans: All businesses can, if they so choose, have their smart meters removed and replaced with traditional analog meters. We think that many small medical and health care practices will make this choice in order to accommodate the needs of their patients and employees.

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July 10, 2017

by John P. Thomas
Health Impact News

Telecom Companies are Going Green, but Their Version of Green will cause Illness and Death

When the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) approved the use of 5-G microwave communication technology in 2016 and approved the use of microwave frequencies in the 30 Ghz range, they opened the door to even higher levels of human illness and severe disability for American children and adults.

Microwave radiation such as that currently being used in cell phones, Wi-Fi routers, and smart meters has already been linked to numerous health effects.

The introduction of even more intense levels of microwave exposure at higher frequencies will push many people into life-threatening chronic illness. High frequency microwave radiation is often overlooked as a causative factor in illness, because most conventional healthcare providers, government regulators, telecom companies, and electric utilities believe microwave radiation used in communication technology is harmless.

Despite the warnings being raised by scientists, well informed healthcare providers, and grassroots organizations about existing and future microwave hazards, telecom companies are planning to implement 5G technology throughout every urban area in America. They are already testing this new generation wireless telecommunication infrastructure in Boston, Austin, Palo Alto, and Mountain View California.  More

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May 27th, 2017 – An Opportunity to Show Support for Chairman Glenn’s Efforts to Move Michigan Toward a Freer Energy Environment – We strongly encourage all smart meter activists who can to attend the hearing of the Michigan House Energy Committee on Tuesday May 30th at 9 am in the Anderson House Office Building, Room 519, at 124 North Capitol Avenue, Lansing. There is a parking ramp 2 blocks north of the Anderson building on Capitol Avenue.

Chairman Gary Glenn has arranged for two of the leading proponents of replacing some of the regulation with more competition in the energy markets. This program should be quite different from some of the industry and state government people who have testified up to now.

Smart meters are just one example of what happens when there is too much monopoly power. Utilities in Michigan are forcing us to take these unwanted meters while at the same time charging us some of the highest rates in the midwest and providing less reliability and fewer choices.

The experts Glenn is bringing in can provide competent testimony about what happens when utility customers have more choices:

Todd Snitchler is former Chair of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO). He was first appointed in 2011 by Governor John Kasich and served on that commission until 2014. He is now a practicing attorney. Under Snitchler’s leadership Ohio made major progress in moving its utility industry away from a highly regulated model toward more competition and innovation. A scholarly article discussing utility deregulation in that state with many citations to his contributions can be found here:

http://cua6.urban.csuohio.edu/publications/center/center_for_economic_development/ElectricityMarketsInOhio

Dr. Gary L. Wolfram, an adjunct scholar at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, is a Professor of Economics at Hillsdale College. In 2015 he released his new study Improving Michigan’s Electric Utility Industry. In the study, Wolfram highlights inefficiencies in Michigan’s regulated energy sector and recommends that legislative action is needed to control costs, reduce pollution and improve outcomes. A discussion of his work may be found here:

http://www.micef.org/press/2015/9/17/hillsdale-economist-gary-wolfram-releases-energy-study-improving-michigans-electric-utility-industry-released-today

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MARCH 14TH, 2017 – A THIRD HEARING ON THE METER CHOICE BILL AND A GREAT PRESENTATION ON ELECTRIC CHOICE BY THE MACKINAC CENTER FOR PUBLIC POLICY.   Because there had been concerns expressed by committee members about possible shifting of costs from opt-out customers to smart meter customers, today’s hearing in the Michigan House Energy Committee began with a special presentation by Richard Meltzer, a retired PhD statistical researcher and consultant to the U.S. Department of Energy. Dr. Meltzer had also participated as an intervener in the MPSC case U-17053, the case in which the present opt-out fees for DTE were determined. Key testimony included Meltzer’s assertion that the opt-out fees determined in that case were punitive, designed not to recover costs but to discourage opt-outs, and that DTE has been very selective in attaching certain costs to classes of customers while not doing so in other cases, in order to suit its own purposes. He provided specifics in the form of exhibits from the U-17053 case to back up his assertion that the net cost shift between smart meter customers and opt-out customers had been overwhelmingly in the direction of burdening the opt-out customers.

A decision was made to defer voting on the merits of the meter choice bill to allow more time to address concerns of some committee members. Rep Glenn offered an amendment to modify the text of HB 4220,  primarily to remove water meters from this bill thereby limiting this bill to energy utilities (electric and gas) that are regulated by the Michigan Public Services Commission. The definition of “traditional meter” was also improved to remove any ambiguity that “traditional meter” could mean anything other than an analog meter. The amendment of the bill’s text was approved unanimously, with understanding that a separate bill will be introduced for the smart water meters.

The Mackinac Center presentation, by Jason Hayes, was a plea for free market principles in the electricity markets. Examples were given that in states where electric provider choice was not capped at 10% (including Michigan between 2000 and 2008) electric rates were much lower than in states where there was no choice or choice capped. In the questions following this presentation Rep Kivella asked if Mr. Hayes believed it was appropriate for smart meter opt-out rates to be set at an arbitrary figure by this legislative committee of “largely non experts” or by the Public Service Commission. The response was that “just at a gut level I don’t like the idea of trusting a Public Service Commission except where you have to, and in this case, setting electricity rates you have to.” He indicated that he would prefer a market based setting of all rates but that the PSC is the system we have.

After the Mackinac Center presentation there were more public comments on the meter choice bill. Complete video of this hearing here.