One post to this site drew many replies – probably because it was well written and was the only one to date that defended the smart meters. All replies to Jessika are below the post.
People, if you don’t want smart meters, keep them from being installed in your own house. I want my Smart meter and I don’t want any of you keeping me from being able to look at my bar graphs on the Internet. Those of you who’ve had health complaints after having a Smart meter installed might want to take a look at the fact that all the other EM-emitting devices in your house emit more energy, total, than a smart meter. Unless you don’t have a cell phone, a wireless router, a microwave, a cordless phone, a baby monitor, or a computer with wifi or bluetooth, you should think about the fact that you may be blaming your health concerns on the easiest (corporate) target.I know that PG&E has pulled some underhanded crap in the past (Prop 16, anyone?), but I want to see evidence that Smart meters actually cause health problems before I stop wanting mine.From Wikipedia, on :In 2005, a systematic review looked at the results of 31 experiments testing the role of electromagnetic fields in causing ES. Each of these experiments exposed people who reported electromagnetic hypersensitivity to genuine and sham electromagnetic fields under single- or double-blind conditions. The symptoms described by electromagnetic hypersensitivity’ sufferers can be severe and are sometimes disabling. However, it has proved difficult to show under blind conditions that exposure to electromagnetic fields can trigger these symptoms. This suggests that electromagnetic hypersensitivity’ is unrelated to the presence of electromagnetic fields, although more research into this phenomenon is required. Seven studies were found which did report an association, while 24 could not find any association with electromagnetic fields. However, of the seven positive studies, two could not be replicated even by the original authors, three had serious methodological shortcomings, and the final two presented contradictory results. Since then, several more double-blind experiments have been published, each of which has suggested that people who report electromagnetic hypersensitivity are unable to detect the presence of electromagnetic fields and are as likely to report ill health following a sham exposure, as they are following exposure to genuine electromagnetic fields.Don’t try to hand wave this away by saying that anyone can edit Wikipedia. Each of these passages are well-cited.I suggest that anyone experiencing health problems that they think are related to a Smart meter see a doctor to find out what’s really causing them.
molly on March 8th, 2012 at 7:31 pm said:
In response to Jessika’s postiing, it underscores the marketing speak that the utility companies are using across the country to downplay consumer worries. Actually, smart meters emit much higher levels of RF than the common household items this author refers to in particular when they spike wherein they have been known to reach levels as high as .2 mW/cm2 in field strength at 3 feet which is substantially higher than a smart phone and wifi. This has been measured by numerous individuals on many different types of meters and by reputable consulting firms. Unlike cell phones, wifi routers and microwave ovens, Smart Meters cannot be turned off and transmit throughout the day and night. Contrary to this author’s opinion, there is abundant evidence on the dangerous affects of this type of radiation on human health and it is a recognized fact that the affects are cumulative and may not show up immediately. Noone is calling people who are unaware or unconcerned about the dangers of Smart Meters stupid. How refreshing it would be for these people to be equally respectful to those who are.
Vigilant Dave on March 8th, 2012 at 11;41 pm said:
Jessika – your posting is thoughtful and raises an important issue that needs further analysis. We thank you for this contribution. At the same time please keep in mind that we are concerned about long term effects that may take decades to develop, as well as immediate effects which seem to be experienced only by hyper sensitive individuals. This whole debate seems to parallel the controversy that surrounded the debate over nicotine and cigarettes. There too, as with the smart meters, you had industry apologists, motivated by huge profits, who were never quite satisfied with the quality of research findings so that attempts to reign in the tobacco industry were very late in coming – and many people died as a result of something that could have been prevented.
Diana on March 11th, 2012 at 2:22 pm said:
Although Jessika (who favors smart meters) has done some research, it is apparent to me that she doesn’t quite understand what it means to have electro-hyper-sensitivity (EHS), or how people with this syndrome have to live. Those who are aware that they have EHS don’t use wifi, Bluetooth, cordless phones, microwave ovens, baby monitors, and if they use cell phones, they use texting or limit their calls, and use the speakerphone. So statements that a smart meter emits less radiation than these devices make no sense to an EHS sufferer – even were that true! And as for what emits more energy, even SmartSynch, (the company employed by Consumers Energy to deploy smart meters in Michigan) states on their web site that the “modem” used by the meters to wirelessly transmit data is four times as powerful as a cell phone
It’s no wonder Jessika easily found information disputing the existence of EHS. The wireless industry has enormous financial clout in terms of advertising dollars, lobbyists and political contributions to suppress the publication of information showing that wireless radiation harms health, especially in the US. That doesn’t mean there are no studies showing harm from EHS, just that you have to look a little harder, and in non-mainstream media to find them. There are double blind studies published in peer-reviewed journals to confirm the reality of EHS. For details on this please see my article on this website under the “Our Health” menu tab.
EHS is an acquired disability (not a disease) born of the accumulated damage done to the body by chronic exposure to wireless radiation. If the current trend continues, the ever-increasing levels of radiation that our society is imposing on us will create more and more EHS disabled people.
Lastly, EHS is just the tip of the iceberg. Does Jessika know that in May of 2011 the World Health Organization declared wireless radiation, like that used by wireless smart meters, a class 2B carcinogen? So even if she and others do not develop EHS, they may well develop cancer in ten or more years.
The next time Jessika, or someone like her, wants to ridicule those who oppose the proliferation of wireless devices, do some thorough research before jumping to false conclusions.
Robert on March 31st at 1:38 pm said:
SMART METER INFORMATION DOES NOT ASSIST CUSTOMERS, DOES NOT CONSERVE ENERGY
The information available to customers shows up on the utility company website 18-48 hours later WITH ALL ELECTRICAL DEVICES GROUPED TOGETHER in TOTAL, so no individual electrical device can be isolated by the customer.
Without knowing how much EACH electrical device uses, the customer CANNOT use the smart meter information to improve or conserve their energy use.
Not only does the smart meter NOT tell the customer how much any one device used, it also does NOT tell the customer which devices were on at any particular time.
Utility companies through deceptive advertising get people to BELIEVE that the Smart Meter information will automatically assist them, but it does NOT.
Jessica – The bar graphs you are looking at on the internet may excite you, but they don’t offer any information better than your weight, height and drivers license number to assist rational choices on energy usage. If you think it is helping you, remember there are people out there that think broken clocks – not moving are helping them to tell time. Jessica – try to consider the realities, rather than hash around the propaganda delivered by the utility company.
Jessica – If you are NOT yet with this, then please carefully explain how knowing how many TOTAL kilowatts you used yesterday from 4:30 pm – 4:45 pm helps you, WITHOUT KNOWING how much any individual device uses and WITHOUT KNOWING which devices were on, including not knowing if or when automatic devices came on, such as refrigerator motors, etc. If you already know how much each electrical device uses, then you are already way smarter than a smart meter and that information will NOT come from a so-called smart meter, really the dumbest (and most costly) meter in your home.