Florida Smart Meter & 5G Update

We express our sincere thanks to Stop Smart Meters Florida for their efforts over the years and for sharing the following information:

  1. Brief Summary of Smart Meter Activity Across the Nation
  2. Current Activity in Clay County, FL
  3. Current Proposed Florida Bills on Autonomous Vehicles and Public Utility Storm Protection Plans
  4. Proposed Florida Constitutional Amendment to de-regulate Electric Industry
  5. Final NTP Study Release
  6. 5G Roll-out in Florida
  7. Expected Changes to the FCC RF Emission Guidelines and Testing Protocols

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  1. Brief Summary of Smart Meter Activity Across the Nation

Smart meters continue to roll out across the country. Money is flowing through various agencies to help rural and smaller electric entities get these meters deployed. Pennsylvanians still do NOT have any opt out policies in place and folks are working hard to get them legislative relief. There have been a few recent cases where the State PUC/PSC’s have denied some utilities rates for smart meter programs, namely in New Mexico, Kentucky, Massachusetts and Virginia, see https://takebackyourpower.net/virginia-becomes-the-4th-us-state-to-reject-smart-meters/ . The denials were for lack of cost/benefits.

My take on the denials is that it is a good thing but only biding time. There were no real cost/benefits in all the other cases where they were approved, such as Florida. NARUC is clearly 100% behind these projects, so why the sudden change? I speculate it is because of the 5G rollout and the enhanced consumer knowledge. Perhaps they want to wait and use the 5G infrastructure as the mesh network that will send the traffic, as opposed to letting the utility set up their own networks. This saves significant costs. That is just MY theory. Citizens in those states should continue to organize and build forces because I believe the utilities will be back in with their deployment plans when the 5G networks roll out.

Regarding opt outs, the NC PSC ruling to make Duke -NC give free opt outs to customers with doctors notes is a good precedent and I would encourage those in Duke-FL’s serving territory with doctors notes to seek remedies to get the charges removed. Regarding ADA accommodation, we recently found out that the Metallo case in Orlando did settle. The settlement is confidential but appears that gentleman, working pro se, did receive an ADA accommodation and got the charges removed. See case history here by clicking on “ADA Claim” in the story and then when that page comes up, click on “Back to Docket Sheet” on top. https://www.bna.com/hypersensitivity-wifi-disability-b17179935773/

2. Current Activity in Clay County, FL

In the past I have been contacted by a few of you about Clay County. Apparently they are now rolling out smart meters. I was recently contacted by a Clay County resident who wishes to form an opposition group to the Cooperatives outlandish opt out fees of $60/month and no analog meter policy. Anyone interested in opposing the Clay County Cooperative opt out fees should contact her directly:

Katie Sosayachanh
904-275-0029
analogmeterFL@gmail.com

3. Current Proposed Florida Bills on Autonomous Vehicles and Public Utility Storm Protection Plans

There are currently two bad bills (that I know of) racing through the Tallahassee statehouse with no apparent opposition.

A) Autonomous vehicles (AV’s) – FL lawmakers are poised to allow AV’s on the roads without human drivers as well as take your tax money and fund and operate test facilities. These bills make changes to existing laws to make that possible. No, we the people do not get royalties for contributing to the industry’s R&D budget! You can find information on them here:

CS/S 932 – Autonomous Vehicles – https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/00932

HB311 – Autonomous Vehicles – https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/00311

S 660 – Transportation:https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/00660

Commentary: I have communicated to you many times about these AV’s. They are going to much worse from a health, privacy and security perspective than the smart meters. The DOT’s NHTSA is poised to mandate two way radios into every new car with mandated “basic safety messaging”. Since they can not legally mandate them in existing cars, expect the whores in Congress to do so at a later date through “aftermarket” devices. The NHTSA rule has been held up since they are currently fighting over the proposed use of DSRC radios – the wireless industry wants it to be broader to allow V2X communications so they can get their piece of the pie. The open dockets can be found here:

Docket ID: NHTSA-2016-0126 -FMVSS No. 150, V2V Communications:
https://www.regulations.gov/docketBrowser?rpp=25&so=DESC&sb=postedDate&po=0&D=NHTSA-2016-0126

Docket ID: DOT-OST-2018-0210 -V2X Communications:
https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=DOT-OST-2018-0210

If you spend time on the Dept of Transportation website, you will find plenty of documents and video’s that outline the Central Plan for Transportation. Over the next 20 years you will find us slowly moving to all electric vehicles and all self-driving vehicles which will be owned by fleet managers. These cars are loaded with transmitters, radar and sensors and you will be sitting in a massive electromagnetic field above the batteries. The transmitters go off 10x a second in order to communicate with other vehicles, infrastructure and pedestrians/cyclists. They call this transformation “Mobility as a Service”, catch a glimpse of Ben’s journey as it will be your future with Controlled Mobility (notice that milk, bread, eggs, and ice cream will cost you $30.50 in his world but I guess your Universal Basic Income will take care of it). You will be tracked and someone else will determine if you live or die. See: https://www2.deloitte.com/insights/us/en/multimedia/videos/roadmap-for-future-of-urban-mobility.html

B) Public Utility Storm Protection Plans – These bills pull normal operating & capital expenditures for storm hardening and vegetation management out of the routine rate case proceedings and base rates into a special recovery clause and proceeding and charge. This bill applies only to the IOU’s (FP&L, Duke, Gulf, Tampa Electric, and Florida Public utilities Corp). There appears to be little opposition even though this is a very bad idea.

CS/HB 797: Public Utility Storm Protection Plans – https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/00797

CS/CS/SB 796: Public Utility Storm Protection Plans – https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2019/00796

Commentary: Expect your electric bills to increase and maybe dramatically. I can not figure out any rational reason for doing this. Storm Hardening and vegetation management has been ongoing since inception. We already have a special recovery clause to handle storm charges for unusual hurricane and storm damage. The only thing I can think of as to what is driving this move is 5G. 5G is going to require the massive removal of trees along our roads in order for it to operate properly. And it is also possible that the overhead lines may interfere with the small cells they are planning to run up and down our residential streets. These two factors could create a need for a steep increase in spending and they may fear they will not be able to get these increases through normal rate proceedings. In addition, it may play into their plans for de-regulation of the industry. They may be trying to segregate the fixed costs from the volume costs in a stealth manner.

Anyway, this is bad for consumers. This will require the intervenors and our OPC do more proceedings which they are not staffed to do. Tell your lawmakers to oppose this change and/or insist on more staffing for the OPC to represent us in covering more proceedings.

ttp://tallahasseereports.com/2017/12/12/new-5g-technology-threatens-canopy-roads/

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5838497/5g-phone-system-reception-problems-trees/

https://www.infovista.com/sites/default/files/resources/2018-08/sb_infovista_preparing_for_5g_future.pdf

4. Proposed Florida Constitutional Amendment to de-regulate Electric Industry

There is a phony group called “Citizen’s for Energy Choice” circulating a petition for a vote on a Florida Constitutional Amendment to deregulate the electric energy industry in Florida. This is a TROJAN HORSE and should not be supported unless you want your electric bills to skyrocket and lose all state control over this industry. All my research over the past 6 years has shown the globalists want this industry (power generation) de-regulated and out of the States control. All areas in the countries that have done this have seen massive rate increases, maybe not at first, but eventually.

The false narrative put forth is that this is a monopoly abusing the public. That is NOT true. The electric industry is not a monopoly. They are a REGULATED monopoly and there is a BIG difference. The problems we have seen in Florida, and there have been many, is that are REGULATORS – the FPSC – are not doing their job. This is the problem we must fix.

The CHOICE they are enticing you with is not a real choice. You will get a choice of SUPPLIERS only. Your wires, transformers and other major pieces will still be the same. However, you are letting the power generation piece become a commodity to be bought and sold to the highest bidder. Currently power generation rates are based on cost plus regulated returns. The prices you see at the gas pump are a commodity. If you think that going from $2/gal to $5 gal ever had anything to do with “free markets” or “costs” you are mistaken. All commodities are politically manipulated at will by the very powerful.

The utilities and politicians want this, don’t fall for any phony theater of “resistance”. It is part of Grid 2030, the global central plan. The Former FPSC General Counsel in his farewell speech to the FPSC stated on December 18, 2014 that he predicted and longed for this deregulation. I just went up to the FPSC website to find the video of that speech. Guess what? It is there, but the audio has been deleted! see http://psc-fl.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=1343 . I have contacted the website administrator to see if it can be retrieved.

Warn your family, neighbors and friends not to support this petition drive and if it does make it onto the ballot in 2020 to vote NO. Also note, the Florida Attorney General and some other groups are speaking out against it.

https://floridapolitics.com/archives/289916-energy-competition-empower-amplify

5. Final NTP Study Release

In November 1, 2018, the National Toxicology Program released the Final Report on their cell phone study with rats/mice. Conclusion was clear evidence of cancer. See https://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/newsroom/releases/2018/november1/index.cfm

Sadly, this important work has now been trashed and deemed inconsequential by the FCC, FDA, ICNIRP and others and will not apparently result in a change in the RF emission exposures.

The FDA, who commissioned this important study (and has done little else to resolve the controversies), came out with a statement the same day stating that they disagreed with the study results and also made this statement – “but we must remember the study was not designed to test the safety of cell phone use in humans, so we cannot draw conclusions about the risks of cell phone use from it.” see press release https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm624809.htm

This is an odd statement, because when the FDA wrote to nominate this study, they told the NIH this –

“A significant research effort, involving large well-planned animal experiments is needed to provide the basis to assess the risk to human health of wireless communications devices.” see https://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/ntp/htdocs/chem_background/exsumpdf/wireless051999_508.pdf

You can’t make this stuff up!

6. 5G Roll-out in Florida

As I previously reported, the whores in Tallahassee that are supposed to represent us passed HB687 (Small cell Bill) back in 2017 which allows the wireless industry to place “small cells” up and down our residential streets without a hearing and at a bargain price of $150/yr. See https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2017/00687

We are starting to get reports out of Miami, Orlando and Jacksonville where the 5G is going in. Some folks have set up a Facebook page, if you use that media, to communicate on 5G. You can find it here https://www.facebook.com/Electromagnetic-Radiation-Awareness-for-the-Treasure-Coast-306485323198872/

Also some Miami video’s – https://youtu.be/yRjnKlAFF2I

Right now in Sarasota we are only seeing small cells go up along main roads like US 41. I have not heard any reports from residential areas. Remember, not all small cell installations will be 5G, most are really 4G right now.

Scientists have launched a 5G appeal, see https://www.5gappeal.eu/

The best place to get information on 5G and stay current in the future is subscribing to this website, What is 5G? https://whatis5g.info/

I also recommend signing up for newsletter updates from the Environmental Health Trust, https://ehtrust.org/

7. FCC and Radiofrequency (RF) Radiation Emissions Guidelines:
The FCC is guilty of GROSS negligence in carrying out its fiduciary responsibilities in setting RF emissions guidelines. No local authority should yield to their statutory preemptive authority to control siting of cell towers or mini towers until the FCC completes, in a transparent manner, their reassessment of the RF emission guidelines. No 5G until FCC Docket 13-84 is completed.

IN CLOSING:
Remember FP&L will continue to try and replace your analog with a digital alternative. For those who experience health effects from this technology, you should not allow this to happen. Although they are running out of analogs, they still exist and several large states – California, Neveda as examples, have mandated analog replacements. If they can find them, so can Florida utilities. Those that remained respectful but firm have received analog replacements from FP&L.

Various entities are launching about twenty thousand (20,000) satellites to blast this radiation back at us from space so there will be no where to escape it! You can join others by signing the 5G space appeal here – https://www.5gspaceappeal.org/

— Stop Smart Meters Florida

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5G in Florida (2 minute video) + Stop 5G Resource Links!

This is a 2 minute video explaining the gravity of the 5G deployment now happening in Florida. There is very little public awareness. Please share this information with your friends and family. Speak up and STOP deployment of 5G!

SOURCE: https://whatis5g.info

SEE ALSO:

5G and IoT [Internet of Things]: a Trojan horse
Excerpt:
The wireless industry dreams of deploying its new 5G (fifth generation) infrastructure in your neighbourhood soon, as it has begun doing in California. Boxes the size of a PC could be placed every 150 meters or so on utility poles, sometimes with small-refrigerator-sized boxes on the ground. 5G technology uses pulsed, millimeter-sized microwaves that are easily blocked by obstacles such as leaves, hence the need to install millions of cell signal boosters near homes.
https://maisonsaine.ca/english/5g-and-iot-a-trojan-horse.html

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

How to oppose 5G “small cell” towers
http:// http://emfsafetynetwork.org/how-to-oppose-small-cell-5g-towers/

5G and IoT: a Trojan horse
https://maisonsaine.ca/english/5g-and-iot-a-trojan-horse.html

Smart cities, 5G and EMF pollution: How this ‘new’ technology will INCREASE our exposure to microwave radiation
https://www.naturalhealth365.com/emf-wireless-technology-2278.html

Verizon, Cigarette Ads, And All Our Thanks
https://www.activistpost.com/2019/03/verizon-cigarette-ads-and-all-our-thanks.html

MORE…

http://stop5g.us

https://www.facebook.com/Stop5G/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Stop5G



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Total Data Domination: 5G, IoT, A.I. Surveillance And The Smart City

Original here: https://www.activistpost.com/2019/02/total-data-domination-5g-iot-ai-surveillance-and-the-smart-city.html

By Patrick Wood

In 1932, Aldous Huxley foresaw a Scientific Dictatorship in his book, Brave New World. In 2019, Huxley’s dystopian future is appearing right before our eyes, but few recognize it. ⁃ TN Editor

People who have a modern smartphone normally think of 5G as nothing more than a progression from 3G and 4G. Offering fewer dropped calls, faster data transfer, and more convenience. 5G is the fifth generation of wireless technology.

This thinking barely scratches the surface. There must be a greater reason why CEOs of major cellular carriers are breaking their necks to railroad the fastest implementation in history of a new communication standard.

This reason has little to do with your personal cellphone and everything to do with the so-called Internet of Things (IoT) where all electronic devices will be connected together in real-time. Collectively, the IoT is the core technology used to implement Smart City makeovers.

“Real time” is a magical tech term. 5G is at least one order of magnitude faster than anything before it. It is comparable to everything being connected directly by fiber-optic cable where as soon as you touch the send key, your data transmission is received at the other end, faster than a blink of your eye.

Let’s do some math. 4G can transfer data at 100,000,000 bits per second (which is 10 megabits per second). That’s really fast! However, 5G blows out the same data at 10,000,000,000 bits per second, or 10 Gbps (Gigabits per second). This is 100 times faster than 4G. Secondly, 4G has a typical “ping” factor between 10ms and 50ms (milliseconds) that measures the time needed in order to send a single packet of information. 5G drops that time to 1ms.

In spite of the cutthroat American race between wireless providers like AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile, China has declared that it intends to emerge as the global leader on 5G rollout to its own 1.4 billion citizens. China is also mass-producing the technology to sell to the rest of the world.

In the U.S., 5G is being heavily promoted by the Trump Administration. The Federal Communications Commission issued a ruling in September that blocks cities from charging higher fees for installing 5G infrastructure. Loud protests have been registered from the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the National Association of Counties, the National Governors Association and the Nation Conference of State Legislatures. Why? Because the FCC’s actions are unconstitutional and cities are being stripped of the little sovereignty they have left. Thus far, the FCC is undeterred in its position.

Smart City technology is brought to us exclusively by Big Tech corporations in the name of Technocracy and Sustainable Development. With the advent of sophisticated Artificial Intelligence (AI) programs, massive amounts of data collected from sensors of all types can be analyzed in real-time, displaying the results in a multi-dimensional model. What are sensors? Cameras, microphones, self-driving vehicles, license-plate readers, cell phones, Bluetooth devices, Smart Meters and all connected devices in Smart Homes.

Thanks to real-time connections between autonomous vehicles, road censors and central computers equipped with AI, they will be able to navigate any and all roadways with authority and impunity. They will also inform on you every inch of the way.

In China, where all of this massive surveillance is weaponized against civilians, Technocrats have implemented a Social Credit Score assigned by algorithm, to all 1.4 billion inhabitants. By 2020, China intends to have 600 million facial recognition cameras installed, or about one camera for every 4 citizens. All of them will transmit their images in real-time to central computers running sophisticated AI programs. Each person in the big-data database will have their personal data pulled from every conceivable location in the nation. By the time that they know who you are, what you are, what you do, what you think and what you intend to do, their AI algorithms will calculate and assign to you a Social Credit Score that will limit or expand whatever privileges you will have from that time on.

The Social Credit Score system is coming to America as well, unless we somehow convince our own officials that this is a horrible idea that will utterly destroy the American dream.

Nothing has changed in the 85 years since Technocracy, Inc. defined its original mission in 1938:

Technocracy is the science of social engineering, the scientific operation of the entire social mechanism to produce and distribute goods and services to the entire population.

Scoffers may argue that history does not mean anything and there is no relevance to modern times. If they understood history, they would not say such a thing. For instance, consider ‘ride-sharing’ schemes where nobody owns a vehicle and everyone shares a common pool of community owned autos. This idea is not new. Technocrats had it in their sights as early as 1934:

The Automotive Branch of Transportation would provide a network of garages at convenient places all over the country from which automobiles could be had at any hour of the night or day. No automobiles would be privately owned. When one wished to use an automobile he would merely call the garage, present his driver’s license, and a car of the type needed would be assigned to him. ‘When he was through with the car, he would return it either to the same garage or to any other garage that happened to be convenient, and surrender his Energy Certificates in payment for the cost incurred while he was using it.

I will suggest that the modern world cannot be even remotely understood except in terms of Technocracy and its inevitable outcome: Scientific Dictatorship. Every major meme in global geopolitics, economics and globalization, devolution of national sovereignty, etc., is dancing to the Technocrat drumbeat.

As to today, 5G is about to deliver the ultimate tool for total control over Americans, and it has nothing to do with your cell phones getting a speed upgrade.

You can read more from Patrick Wood at his site Technocracy News, where this article first appeared.

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Action alert: AG nominee is Verizon’s former top attorney William Barr

Please distribute this information widely.

William Barr, nominee for U.S. Attorney General, was general counsel and executive VP for Verizon for 2000-2008. Before that, he was general counsel and Vice President for GTE Corp from 1994-2000 and helped negotiate the merger that created Verizon.

Also,
“Barr directed a successful litigation campaign by the local telephone industry to achieve deregulation by scuttling a series of FCC rules, personally arguing several cases in the federal courts of appeals and the Supreme Court.”

This may have set the stage for the elimination of copperline landlines.
Also notice the timeline: he was with GTE during the time of the 1996 Telecom Act.

He worked for the CIA from 1973-1977.

If he becomes Attorney General and heads up the U.S. Department of Justice, it will affect all Smart Meter, wireless, cellphone, and cell tower legal cases. It would terribly impact and gut ADA protections for those disabled by electromagnetic sensitivity. This appointment would block public access to the Department of Justice for legal remedies. His appointment will effectively be a telecom corporate takeover of the DOJ.

The timing is horrendous as the FCC is rushing to eliminate local and state authority over small cells.

It is urgent to contact your state senators now and call President Trump to oppose this devastating nominee. Messages to the White House comment operators should be non-partisan, issue-based, civil, and have substance. Also contact your congressmen and congresswomen; though they can’t confirm nominees, they can certainly oppose them.

It will take overwhelming public opposition, and environmental, medical, health, and consumer organization opposition to stop this appointment. It must be done.

Information on the committee to hold confirmation hearings will follow.

President Trump
202-456-1111 White House comment line

California senators:
Kamala Harris
202-224-3553
202-224-2200 FAX

Dianne Feinstein
202-224-3841
202-228-3954 FAX

Quotes from some sources:

“After leaving the Justice Department in 1993, Barr built a career in corporate law, serving as general counsel and executive vice president of Verizon Communications Inc. from 2000 to 2008.

He was general counsel for GTE Corp. from 1994 until 2000, helping to negotiate a merger of GTE and Bell Atlantic Corp. that produced Verizon Communications. He also argued before the U.S. Supreme Court and the European Commission.”
Source: Daily Signal
https://www.dailysignal.com/2018/12/07/6-things-to-know-about-ag-nominee-william-barr/

“From 1973 to 1977, Barr was employed by the Central Intelligence Agency.”

Barr also served as Attorney General under President George W. Bush.

“After his tenure at the Department of Justice, Barr spent more than 14 years as a senior corporate executive. At the end of 2008 he retired from Verizon Communications, having served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of GTE Corporation from 1994 until that company merged with Bell Atlantic to become Verizon. During his corporate tenure, Barr directed a successful litigation campaign by the local telephone industry to achieve deregulation by scuttling a series of FCC rules, personally arguing several cases in the federal courts of appeals and the Supreme Court.[27]

[The entry also cites several controversial cases he was involved with as U.S. Attorney General under President Bush]

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_P._Barr

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ALERT: Mercury Satellite Thruster Propellant Threatens Eco-Catastrophe Back on Earth

Original here:

https://www.peer.org/news/press-releases/mercury-may-reach-orbit-through-regulatory-blindspot.html

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For Immediate Release: Nov 19, 2018
Contact: Kirsten Stade (202) 265-7337

MERCURY MAY REACH ORBIT THROUGH REGULATORY BLINDSPOT

Mercury Satellite Thruster Propellant Threatens Eco-Catastrophe Back on Earth

Washington, DC — Federal regulators have turned a blind eye to the massive risks of using mercury as the propellant in thousands of communication satellites slated for launch in the next few years, according to a complaint filed today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The complaint charges that unregulated orbital mercury emissions could reverse global progress in reducing mercury in the environment.

The complaint concerns a plan by an American company, Apollo Fusion, to use elemental mercury as a propellant in thrusters for satellites to be launched by communications companies taking advantage of the coming boom in satellite “mega-constellations” designed to provide global Internet broadband service starting in 2019. Under these plans, the approximately 1,500 satellites currently orbiting the planet will soon be increased nearly ten-fold.

Due to its high density, mercury is an excellent propellant. Apollo Fusion has developed thrusters using liquid mercury as the onboard propulsion to maintain altitude and adjust orbits. The liquid mercury is vaporized into a gas, ionized, and accelerated out of the thruster. Those mercury atoms will then drift down through the stratosphere to the earth’s surface, mostly onto the world’s oceans.

“Using mercury as a satellite propellant is a cosmically bad idea,” stated PEER Staff Counsel Kevin Bell, noting that while relatively cheap, commercial use of mercury is increasingly avoided due to its major adverse environmental effects. “Unfortunately, the FCC is focused solely on the satellite payload and bandwidth while ignoring the emissions and downstream consequences of what is launched.”

The complaint takes FCC to task for its decision to let satellite operators self-certify their technology will have no significant impact on human health or the environment, a practice contrary to federal law and treaty obligations. Currently, the FCC only examines satellite payload and its electromagnetic frequency.
By contrast, U.S. law requires any federal agency to assess the full environmental impact of its actions.

Mercury is a potent bio-accumulative neurotoxin. A global treaty, The Minamata Convention, obligates its 128 signatories to take steps to reduce mercury releases. The U.S. was the first signatory. However, large-scale orbital discharge of mercury could reverse planetary progress in reducing mercury emissions. In addition, a launch pad explosion of a satellite carrying liquid mercury would, among other problems, severely contaminate the local area under a cloud of mercury mist.

“Federal regulators need to take steps now to prevent this nightmare scenario,” Bell added, pointing out that mercury emissions in low orbit are effectively equivalent to mercury emissions from a powerplant. “The U.S. has both treaty and moral obligations to prevent this eco-catastrophe from occurring.”

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Read the PEER complaint to the FCC

See FCC rule categorically excluding environmental review

Visit Apollo Fusion thruster site

 

 

 

 

 

A Thruster Run on Mercury Propellant

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Ohio EDF Attorney (Former VP of Duke Energy) Promotes Duke’s so-called ‘Smart’ Meters Despite Reported Problems and Massive Cost to Replace Current Meters

By Katie McKenzie

On October 23, 2017, John Finnigan, Senior Regulatory Attorney for the Environmental Defense Fund, posted a blog: “These Ohio Customers pay for their smart meters, and They Should Have Access to the Benefits.”

John Finnigan is the senior regulatory attorney for EDF’s US Climate and Energy Program, representing EDF before state public utility commissions on smart grid deployments and energy efficiency matters

Mr. Finnigan may be one of the few people who have directly acknowledged that Ohioans have been paying for their Duke Energy “AMI” (Advanced Metering Infrastructure) so-called “Smart” Meters since they were installed in 2010.

Now 700,000+ Ohio meters installed between 2010-2015 need to be replaced due to depreciation and now obsolete infrastructure. Duke wants customers to pay approximately $143.4M for this.

All Duke AMI “Smart” Meters installed between 2010-2015 in Kentucky and North Carolina have to be replaced as well.

In 2009, Duke received $204M in federal stimulus to install current meters. In 2014, Ohioans were hit with a customer rate increase to complete the installation of currently installed meters.

Mr. Finnegan doesn’t acknowledge in his blog that many Ohioans have been reporting problems – not benefitswith these current meters.

Similar problems with Duke’s AMI “Smart” Meters have also been reported in 5 other states as well.

In 2011 Consumer Digest published an article which accurately predicted the short life span of these Duke meters.

Coincidentally EDF includes a bio for Mr. Finnigan which doesn’t include that he was once a Vice President for Duke Energy.

Below I have quoted from Mr. Finnigan’s blog, followed by REALITY CHECK context and links for reported Duke Energy AMI “Smart” Meter problems:

EDF’s Finnigan: “Studies show that customers with access to energy-use data can save up to 18 percent on their energy bills every month. Based on a typical monthly bill of $120, households could save nearly $360 every year – a substantial chunk of change.”

REALITY CHECK:
Customers have reported unusually high bills after Duke Energy installed these meters in 6 states.

EDF’s Finnigan: “This type of energy data is gathered by advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), specifically smart meters.”

REALITY CHECK:
Mr. Finnigan acknowledges that current Duke Energy AMI “Smart” Meters have allowed them to collect personal energy usage data 24/7.

Therefore, Duke Energy knows exactly when we turn our lights on and off, use our appliances, etc. This is a violation of privacy. It’s also risky because hackers could break into Duke Energy data storage centers and determine when residents aren’t home due to their utility usage (or lack thereof).

Before so-called “smart” meters, there was no invasive data collection like this.

EDF’s Finnigan: “Yet collecting the data isn’t enough to see those savings – customers need access to the information and new products and services, like cell phone apps, to help understand it.”

REALITY CHECK:
Consumer Union’s Senior Policy Counsel, Shannon Baker-Branstetter wrote an article about how Ohio customers shouldn’t be required to purchase and use additional products and services to understand their bills and reduce their energy use.

Of course, all customers complaining of unusually high bills might be interested in having their utility data so they can prove that Duke is overcharging them. Maybe that’s why Duke Energy is still refusing to provide it.

EDF’s Finnigan: “That’s why Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), along with our partners Ohio Environmental Council and Mission.data, recommend that the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio require Duke Energy to release customers’ energy use information, specifically through the implementation of the Green Button ‘Connect My Data’ program.”

REALITY CHECK:
The 2011 Consumer Digest article paints a very unflattering picture of environmental groups like EDF as do other articles including this more recent one.

Environmental groups like EDF are continuing to endorse “Smart” Meter technology despite the fact that hundreds of thousands have already been replaced since 2010 due to various problems. This is contributing to e-Waste which isn’t eco-friendly.

In 2013, a documentary was produced about all the problems associated with “Smart” Meters. In 2017, another documentary was produced which addressed problems with these meters as well.

Environmental groups such as EDF who continue to endorse these meters anyway seem to be either fools or perhaps they are simply profiting from them along with the utility companies.

One environmental group that chose to discontinue endorsing “Smart” meters is the Sierra Club in San Francisco. In March 2011, their executive committee voted unanimously to send a letter to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors requesting an ordinance prohibiting any further “smart” meter installations because of all the reported problems in California.

Wouldn’t it be great if more environmental groups did the same?

EDF’s Finnigan: “Duke is currently asking Ohio for $143 million to replace its smart meters.”

REALITY CHECK:
Again – current so-called “Smart” meters were installed between 2010-2015 and were paid for with $204M in federal stimulus given to Duke Energy in 2009 and a 2014 rate increase to Ohio customers.

All of these soon-to-be obsolete Duke AMI “Smart” meters installed within the last 5-7 years will have to go someplace – perhaps a landfill. That’s not eco-friendly.

Original analog meters lasted 40 years on average. These so-called “Smart” Meters don’t work. The only “environmentally-friendly” aspect seems to be for the utility companies’ bottom lines, with the receipt of millions of dollars of federal “stimulus” incentives and the firing, nationwide, of many hundreds of meter readers.

(It’s worth noting that monthly in-person meter readings were never necessary. Bills could be estimated or customers could submit their own readings to the utility companies.)

EDF’s Finnigan: “The utility wants its Ohio customers to foot the bill for the new meters without giving them access to their meter data.”

REALITY CHECK:
It’s great that Mr. Finnigan continues to draw attention to Ohioans “footing the bill.” But he continues to not acknowledge all the problems associated with current meters as well as problems associated with “Smart” meters everywhere. This could be considered “lies of omission.”

EDF’s Finnigan: “Sharing the data would give customers a chance to enjoy significant potential savings from their investment in AMI.”

REALITY CHECK:
“Potential” savings isn’t actual savings. Having access to this data guarantees nothing. Consumer Union’s Senior Policy Counsel, Shannon Baker-Branstetter seems to think so as well.

EDF’s Finnigan: “Sharing anonymized electricity data with third parties would enable businesses to develop new products and services, too.”

REALITY CHECK:
In reality, and Finnigan should acknowledge this, Duke Energy will be SELLING this electricity data to third parties, not “sharing” it. This data is yet another profit center for Duke Energy. Again, whose side is EDF on?

CONCLUSION:

There have been problems with “Smart” Meters reported everywhere. All over the world, there are organizations trying to keep these meters out of their communities. A list of organizations from states with Duke Energy AMI “Smart” Meters is included at the end of the article.

By contrast, John Finnegan’s advocacy for so-called “smart meters” on behalf of Environmental Defense Fund is a case study in “Greenwashing” and the damaging promotion of wasteful corporate boondoggles in the name of environmentalism.

Finnigan is a former Vice President of Duke Energy turned “Regulatory Attorney” who keeps pitching crappy Duke Energy products that have never been beneficial to customers or genuinely “eco-friendly.”

Finnigan is asking Ohioans to pay YET AGAIN for an expensive, unneccessary, and hazardous “smart” meter infrastructure, which Ohioans never asked for in the first place!

In addition to contributing to landfill waste, these meters also emit wireless WiFi radiation and are contributing to Electrosmog which is also NOT eco-friendly. In fact, these meters have been known to make people and animals very sick and that’s definitely not eco-friendly.

If you are a Duke customer and you don’t like any or all of this, contact the following organizations:

  1. Stop Smart Meters Ohio: https://www.facebook.com/Stop-Smart-Meters-Ohio-312918642421542/
  2. Stop Smart Meters North Carolina: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1459086210979866/
  3. Stop Smart Meters South Carolina and Worldwide: http://www.facebook.com/StopSCSmartmeters
  4. Raleigh ES: http://www.raleighes.info/
  5. SC Smart Meter Awareness: https://www.facebook.com/groups/434507450216942/
  6. No Smart Meters 4 Indiana: https://www.facebook.com/No-Smart-Meter-4-Indiana-165960906904648/
  7. Stop Smart Meters Florida: http://microwavechasm.org/

 

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Duke Energy Billing Complaints: 13 TV News Stories in 6 States Where Customers Reported Unusually High Bills After (so-called) “Smart” Meters Were Installed

By Katie McKenzie

Digital and wireless utility (so-called) “Smart” Meters have been known to cause all kinds of problems everywhere they have been installed. One of them is unusually high bills. This is not at all surprising since a 2017 Dutch study confirmed that 9 of the most commonly installed “Smart” meters caused measurement errors between 30%-582%.  

There have been at least 13 news stories in 6 states where Duke Energy customers have reported unusually high bills after AMI so-called “Smart” Meters were installed.
Duke Energy has only taken responsibility once when customers complained. They didn’t blame the meters though:

1. Orlando, FL 2014: “Did your Duke Energy bill go up recently? Then read this story.” http://www.orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/archives/2014/08/25/did-your-duke-energy-bill-go-up-recently-then-read-this-story

2. Tampa, FL, 2014: “One-month spike in electric bill angers Duke Energy customer” http://www.tampabay.com/news/business/energy/one-month-spike-in-electric-bill-angers-duke-energy-customer/2206226

3. South Carolina, 2016: “Duke Energy plans to install “smart meters” in all homes” http://wspa.com/2016/10/28/duke-energy-plans-to-install-smart-meters-in-all-homes/

4. Ohio and Kentucky, 2017: “Why Your Duke Bill’s So High Despite Warm Month” http://www.wcpo.com/money/consumer/dont-waste-your-money/why-your-duke-bills-so-high-despite-warm-month (Reporter John Matarese posted a link for the story on his Facebook page. There were over 500 comments posted and over 700 shares. https://www.facebook.com/JohnMatareseMoney

5. Indiana, 2017: “Early 2017 was ‘perfect storm’ for Duke Energy. President says several issues led to blizzard of complaints” http://www.tribstar.com/news/local_news/early-was-perfect-storm-for-duke-energy/article_8c4a0f85-e04b-5ebc-b81f-aaeceb0f702e.html

6. North Carolina and Indiana, 2017: “Duke Reports Errors, Weather Lead to Billing Complaints” https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/indiana/articles/2017-04-20/duke-energy-reports-errors-weather-led-to-bill-complaints

7. “Unhappy Duke Energy Customers in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. Are You One of Them?” http://stopsmartmeters.org/2017/05/04/unhappy-duke-energy-customers-in-ohio-kentucky-and-indiana-are-you-one-of-them/

8. “A Growing Resistance to Smart Meters in The Bluegrass State” http://stopsmartmeters.org/2017/04/27/a-growing-smart-meter-resistance-in-kentucky/

9. South Carolina, June 29, 2017: “Spartanburg Co. grandmother hit with $62K power bill” http://wspa.com/2017/06/29/spartanburg-area-grandmother-hit-with-62000-power-bill/

10. Ohio/Kentucky – September 7, 2017: “Hate Smart Meters? What It Will Cost to Opt-Out” http://www.wcpo.com/money/consumer/dont-waste-your-money/hate-smart-meters-what-it-will-cost-to-opt-out

11. Florida – September 17, 2017: “Duke Energy bills with massive increases panic Florida customers: http://wncn.com/2017/09/17/duke-energy-bills-with-massive-increases-panic-florida-customers/

12. North Carolina: February 20, 2018“Duke customer says his bills are way up after installation of smart meter” http://wlos.com/news/local/duke-customer-says-his-bills-are-way-up-after-installation-of-smart-meter

13. May 8, 2018: IN Duke Energy customers question newly installed smart meters http://cbs4indy.com/2018/05/08/duke-energy-customers-question-newly-installed-smart-meters/

There have been problems associated with these AMI meters in addition to unusually high bills. Duke is already replacing the ones they installed within the last 5-7 years with new AMI “Smart” Meters. Adding insult to injury, they have also proposed rate increases to pay for the replacements.

For more information, visit this link.

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Governor Rick Scott Approves Small Cell Infrastructure Deployment Act

[Thank you to STOP SMART METERS, FLORIDA (http://www.stopsmartmetersfl.org), for the following excerpt of a recent email.]

HB687 – Advanced Wireless Infrastructure Deployment Act (small cells) was approved into law on Friday, June 23, by Gov. Scott, it is effective 7/1/17.

The bill can be found here at this link:

http://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2017/00687

Essentially it strips local control over the placement of small cell infrastructure in the rights of way on your property. Locals can not restrict structures up to 50 feet. Refrigerator size equipment cabinets can hang off of poles or sit on your lawn.

If your city/county/town has a telecommunications tower ordinance, they will be revising it to comply with this new law. So contact your locals and get involved. Some things we can ask for is advanced notification to property owners and possibly some say on where it goes on the property. Also remember the WSJ article regarding current cell towers exceeding FCC limits, see https://takebackyourpower.net/wall-street-journal-one-10-cell-towers-violate-rf-radiation-rules/ . Since the FCC does not adequately control this, how is the town/city/county going to ensure compliance? Maybe we can request annual testing, random inspections or penalties for non-compliance into the codes.

~ http://www.stopsmartmetersfl.org

END EXCERPT

For the record, the Florida “THEFT OF Public Rights-of-Way” bill was sponsored by four Republicans and signed into law by Governor Rick Scott, a Republican.

Does their party affiliation even matter, in an era when the hazardous RF/microwave industry essentially owns both major parties? In this particular matter, regarding the Florida state legislature giving away what is essentially the entirety of our private property — as well as our “commons” — over to the special interests of the telecommunications and wireless industries, our focus now turns to California.

The Democrats run California, and now they are poised to pass into law what is basically the same industry-written text as was just approved by Republicans here in Florida.

For a compelling summary of the terrible and inherently harmful California legislation — very similar to that which was just signed into Florida law by Gov. Scott — we turn to Josh Hart, founder of the California-based StopSmartMeters.org:

Josh Hart of Stop Smartmeters Testifies Against California Senate Bill SB 649

For additional video testimony, please see:

“Microwave Radiation has been Shown to Cause Neurological Damage”– Physicians and Other SB 649 Opponents Address California Assembly June 28th
https://stopsmartmeters.org/2017/06/23/stop-smart-meters-letter-to-the-california-assembly-local-govt-committee/

NOTE: It’s still not too late to STOP the California legislation. If you have friends or family in California, please encourage them to get active immediately. More information at StopSmartMeters.org (California).

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SUMMARY OF THE WIRELESS-INDUSTRY GIVEWAY RECENTLY SIGNED INTO FLORIDA LAW

CS/CS/HB 687: Utilities

GENERAL BILL by Commerce Committee ; Energy and Utilities Subcommittee ; La Rosa ; (CO-INTRODUCERS) Avila ; Drake ; Gruters

Utilities; Authorizes DOT & certain local governmental entities to prescribe & enforce rules re: placing & maintaining communications services lines/wireless facilities; prohibits authority regulation of facility collocation; authorizes authority to require registration process & permit fees; requires authority to process applications; prohibits authority from requiring approval/fees for maintenance/placement of facilities; provides requirements for collocation on authority utility poles; requires authority to waive certain application & placement requirements; prohibits authority from adopting/enforcing certain regulations & imposing certain fees; authorizes wireless infrastructure provider to apply to place utility poles; authorizes authority to enforce certain local codes/rules/regulations under certain circumstances.

Effective Date: 7/1/2017
Last Action: 6/26/2017 – Chapter No. 2017-136, companion bill(s) passed, see CS/CS/CS/HB 865 (Ch. 2017-42)
Bill Text: PDF
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Opinion: Bill would Turn California Utility Poles into Cell Towers

[Comment: The telecom industry intends to deploy these hazardous so-called “small cell” cell towers EVERYWHERE, including in Florida. This needs to be stopped.]

Original here: https://stopsmartmeters.org/2017/06/12/opinion-bill-would-turn-california-utility-poles-into-cell-towers/

By Nina Beety, Guest Commentary

Most utility poles will become cell towers under (California) Senate Bill 649. The bill strips municipal governments of decision-making power.

Spaced approximately every 10-20 homes, cell antennas will hang in one or more clusters on utility or light poles. Equipment cabinets the size of refrigerators, with cooling fans and back-up generators, will sit on sidewalks. Towers will be located in the public right of way a few feet from bedroom windows, offices, schools, hospitals and nursing homes.

Called “small cells”, there is little difference in size for many of these antennas; the chief difference is the location on utility poles versus large towers. Measurements of these cell towers recently taken in Palo Alto found high levels of radiation on the sidewalk below them — levels higher than those associated in research with breaches in the blood-brain barrier, free radical formation, DNA damage, cancer and tumors, and heart rhythm disturbances.

What the levels are inside buildings a few feet away and in line with the antennas is anyone’s guess.

This 24/7 exposure of the most vulnerable, including children, is ignored by the California Legislature. This isn’t surprising since Capitol Weekly named AT&T lobbyist Bill Devine the 16th most powerful person in Sacramento last year. CTIA — the wireless industry — is the listed source of SB 649. And the telecom industry hosts the Pro Tem Cup in San Diego and Speakers Cup in Pebble Beach — lavish, hush-hush lobbying and fundraising events for the California Senate and Assembly members. How many members of the public can afford to buy a politician?

SB 649 is effectively eminent domain, taking the public’s right of way for another use. The public has not agreed to cell towers in their front yard, but the bill states this is not a municipal affair. Remember the Malibu fires, where officials evacuated the city? This was caused by utility poles overloaded with telecommunications equipment — AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and NextG. Look around you and see the leaning, bowing poles next to homes and buildings, hanging over streets and sidewalks. Malibu Mayor Andy Stern called these time bombs. Add more gear, multiply the number of poles impacted, and what will be the result?

The FCC’s website says there are no federal standards for microwave radiation exposure. FCC exposure guidelines were derived from industry, and there is no policing or compliance testing of cell towers. Many exceed federal limits according to two surveys. Once installed, you’re stuck, and due to federal laws, every company has to be allowed access to a location, even if that means the same pole and higher radiation levels.

Do you have a utility pole in your back yard or along your fence line? That utility easement on or through your property means they can put anything on that pole. Undergrounded utilities in your neighborhood? New poles will be erected, or antennas will be mounted on homes. AT&T’s new service agreement says you must agree to anything they want to install on or in your home (complain to the CPUC if you disagree).

Impacts to agriculture will be costly, with documented effects from microwave radiation to bees and other pollinators alarming international scientists. Industrial ag is already impacted by dying bees from other causes. Damage to trees and plants is also documented, but the Legislature ignores all of this and the costs to the public.

SB 649 is being rushed through the legislature before the public finds out. It has already passed the Senate. If you don’t want cell towers next to your home and office, take action before it’s too late.

Nina Beety is a writer and educator and runs the website smartmeterharm.org. She lives in Monterey. This opinion piece originally appeared in the East Bay Times.

 

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Smart Attack!

Published on May 15, 2017

* http://stopsmartmeters.org.uk/ *

*WARNING – HEAVY IRONY AHEAD – USE CRITICAL THINKING*

Ever wondered why your energy supplier and governments are so keen to give you a smart meter?

We lay out some not-so-good reasons in this 4 minute animation. Your private data, lifestyle and behavioural choices can be amalgamated into a data-set that is monetised nd sold to 3rd party companies. Our usual satire of dark subjects aim to entertain and inform you.

 

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