RT Explosive: New York Times’ 5G ties uncovered Rick Sanchez lays into the New York Times’ baseless and intellectually lazy attack on RT America’s coverage of the potential health hazards posed by 5G radiation. Then RT America’s Dan Cohen reports on the deep conflicts of interest between New York Times and US telecommunications giant Verizon and what ties between the two say about the Times’ motives for attacking RT’s coverage of 5G technology. RT America’s Michele Greenstein discusses the legitimate public health concerns that scientists continue to raise about 5G technology and are relevant to people of all countries and points out that smearing RT is far easier than smearing the doctors and other experts sounding the alarm. Finally, journalism professor Chris Chambers joins Rick Sanchez to weigh in on the Times’ “bizarre” latest attack on RT and what it says about declining standards in journalism.
5G: The 5G Revolution: Millions of “Human Guinea Pigs” in Big Telecom’s Global Experiment 1 hour radio show
This week’s Global Research News Hour critically examines the hype surrounding the fifth generation of mobile communication networks, and the potential for harm that it poses to the public.
In our first half hour, we get a breakdown of the health hazards of wireless radiation, and Canada’s regulatory stance from Canadian scientist Meg Sears, PhD. In our second half hour, we’ll hear from Patti Wood of the non-profit information hub Grassroots Environment Education about citizens’ efforts to protect the public from the 5G roll out. Toward the end of the show we’ll hear an excerpt from the CFUV program Gorilla Radio with activist and citizen journalist Walt McGinnis who has further insights into the new wireless technology, including an interesting connection with the University of Victoria.
One further note, Sunday May 12th is Environmental Sensitivities Awareness Day, a date on which environmental health organizations attempt to raise awareness about potentially disabling conditions such as Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, and other crippling ailments induced by environmental factors, including EM radiation.
We express our sincere thanks to Stop Smart Meters Florida for their efforts over the years and for sharing the following information:
Brief Summary of Smart Meter Activity Across the Nation
Current Activity in Clay County, FL
Current Proposed Florida Bills on Autonomous Vehicles and Public Utility Storm Protection Plans
Proposed Florida Constitutional Amendment to de-regulate Electric Industry
Final NTP Study Release
5G Roll-out in Florida
Expected Changes to the FCC RF Emission Guidelines and Testing Protocols
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:
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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 –
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
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.
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/
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!
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
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.
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.
“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
“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.
[The entry also cites several controversial cases he was involved with as U.S. Attorney General under President Bush]
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.”
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.
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.”
EDF’s Finnigan: “This type of energy data is gathered by advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), specifically smart meters.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
EDF’s Finnigan: “Sharing anonymized electricity data with third parties would enable businesses to develop new products and services, too.”
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?
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:
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:
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.
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.
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
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).
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.
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.