Moratorium on Wireless Smartmeters in the State of California

"Smart" meters do not save energy.  The Smart Grid is part of the long-range plans the energy industry has to save itself money and be able to charge you more.  This is the Big Picture.  It may be an inevitability if our future depends on the growth of technology.  What is NOT inevitable or required is the use of WIRELESS tech.  

Too many suppressed or ignored studies plus the large and rapidly increasing number of reports of resultant health problems mandate that the onslaught of wireless tech development be halted at once until safety becomes a priority and can be guaranteed.  

The "smart" meter program creates a pervasive electromagnetic field, and there are no studies yet published on the smartmeter that indicate that the levels of EMF emitted -- collectively in a community -- are safe. The "safety" standards the meters comply with are irrelevant to the situation, and were not designed to protect the public from health problems under the circumstances in which the meters are being used. Because the Smart Meter system is a mesh network, it is impossible to predict individual levels of exposure with any consistency or certainty, and the cumulative effect of ever-increasing RF exposures is not being considered.  The un-safeness of the "safety" standards for the continuously transmitting "smart" meters is apparent from the reports of health problems, ranging from headaches to poor sleep to heart palpitations, that can begin after their installation.

The stated objectives of the Smart Grid Program can be accomplished without transmitting meters -- but better yet would be a switch to "WiseGrid" solutions based on regionally appropriate mixes of renewable energy sources, guided by efficiency and conservation, which can be realized without the looming health, environmental, privacy and security hazards posed by wireless, hackable, invasive metering systems. This is a smarter path -- better for humans and other living things, better for the planet and better for democracy.

Remember: Smartmeters Are Real Trouble!
Utility companies have already begun to deploy wireless Smart Meters despite the fact that San Francisco's City Attorney and multiple cities, counties, and towns have formally petitioned for an immediate moratorium until adequate investigation of the faulty and inaccurate meters is completed.  These devices add an even stronger layer of RF radiation to our homes and environments.  Their peak power pulses repeat at least every one to two minutes as they gather and relay energy data from house to house throughout the day and night.  In light of the growing number of people with electromagnetic sensitivity and the fact that children, the elderly, and those with chronic illness will be most adversely affected, and in light of the lack of FCC safety standards for chronic long term exposure to RF radiation and in light of the call for use of the precautionary principle for wireless technology from global scientists, environmental agencies, advocacy groups and doctors,

we the undersigned request that you:

1. Place an immediate moratorium on all new wireless installations to allow time for a thorough independent and transparent scientific review.

2. Thoroughly investigate the utility companies' Smart Meter proposals and potential health risks of these devices by holding public hearings.

3. Require utility companies to submit a characterization study of the smart meter system.

4.  Allow customers to "opt out" of the program

Thousands of signatures have already been turned in on similar petitions to the CPUC and to government officials of Sonoma, Santa Cruz, Alameda, and San Francisco Counties.

We request your immediate consideration on this urgent matter,  Thank you.
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