By B.N. Frank
Opposition to utility “smart” meters – electric, gas, and water – has been increasing in the U.S. and worldwide for over a decade due to ongoing issues associated with them including
- billing errors and higher bills (see 1, 2),
- cybersecurity risks (hacking and disconnection)
- fires and explosions (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
- installation mishaps (see 1, 2)
- harmful radiation emissions (see 1, 2, 3)
- mechanical problems
- privacy concerns and
- short lifespans
“Smart” meters are so controversial they even inspired a documentary film! Of course utility providers continue to force them on consumers anyway (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) so they can remotely control and/or ration utility use (see 1, 2) and collect consumer usage data 24/7 to sell and/or share with 3rd parties (see 1, 2). In fact, utilities as well as other proponents continue to insist “smart” meters are safe, beneficial to consumers and essential for “energy efficiency” while reports continue to reveal otherwise (see 1, 2, 3, 4). Adding insult to injury, some utilities have been providing consumers who “opt-out” of “smart” meters with undesirable digital “opt-out” meters instead of safer traditional analog meters. Not good! What is good is that Children’s Health Defense has made it easy for Americans to contact their legislators to ask for protection from these deplorable devices.
Tell Your Federal and State Legislators to Introduce/Support Utility Meter Choice!
Smart and digital utility meters are actively being deployed and mandated across the U.S. without adequately informing consumers of the health, safety and privacy risks.
Smart and digital utility meters are actively being deployed and mandated across the U.S. without adequately informing consumers of the health, safety and privacy risks. In some cases, this is happening without notification or consent.
Unlike electromechanical analog meters that have been safely used for decades, smart meters and (some) digital meters emit toxic levels of pulsed radiofrequency (RF) radiation, are a fire hazard and enable companies to sell near real-time private usage data to third parties.
To mandate these utility meters is unacceptable – where there is risk, there must be choice!
Use the form below to ask your federal and state representatives to introduce and/or support legislation with the following protections:
- Utility Meter Choice. In states where smart and digital meters have been deployed, allow consumers to opt out.
- Consumer Consent. In states where smart and digital meters have not yet been deployed, require utility companies to obtain consumer consent before installations (i.e., require an opt in).
- Protective Privacy Laws. Require utility companies to be transparent about how utility meter data is collected, managed, stored, used and sold.
Please consider making a donation to support the work of CHD by April 30 during our $2 million match.
Activist Post reports regularly about “smart” meters and other privacy invasive and unsafe technologies. For more information, visit our archives and the following websites:
- Children’s Health Defense
- Stop Smart Meters.org
- Smart Meter Harm
- Smart Grid Awareness
- Smart Meter Education Network
- Smart Meter News
- Coalition to Stop Smart Meters
- EMF Safety Network
- Take Back Your Power
- The People’s Initiative
- Environmental Health Trust
- Physicians for Safe Technology
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