Smart meters aren’t so smart
At the July 22 District 1 PUD rate increase “hearing” in Okanogan, I mentioned “smart meters” and a commissioner stated that “these aren’t smart meters.” But several years ago, the mailer that PUD sent out stated clearly that the changeover to “smart meters” would effectively cut costs and reduce our rates. Which statement is true and which one is the lie?
The Telecommunications Act of 1996 curtails local and state government control, effectively placing decision-making powers in the hands of the federal government.
Consumer Digest: “Consumers will pay through electric bills, taxes and direct purchases — as much as $2,300 per household.” Nancy Brokway, an ex-member of the New Hampshire PU Commission stated that, “They should not install smart meters — these are very expensive and the benefits have not yet proven enough to cover the cost.”
Daniel Hirsch, a UC Nuclear Policy lecturer said that smart meters emit appoximately 100-150 times the cumulative full-body microwave radiation exposure of a cellphone. A study by the National Institute of Health which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that evidence of a series of microwave spikes emitted by smart meters are more harmful than continuous exposure.
The World Health Organization on May 31, 2011, placed the non-ionizing radiation coming from wireless smart meters (and other devices) on the “Class 2-B Carcinogen” list.
The multibillion-dollar federal subsidies for smart meters primarily benefits meter and meter networking manufacturers while there is NO benefit to ratepayers.
After an investigation by the FBI into smart-meter related electric power thefts, the FBI assesed that “as smart grid use continues to spread — this type of fraud will also spread.”
According to the National Institute of Health, advocates of smart meter technology “are creating problems related to EMP illnesses, wild-life impacts, privacy violations and fire and safety.”
The installation of smart meters “shall be upon a customer’s request”, according to Federal Law — Energy Policy Act of 2005, section 1252 a.c.
How many inhabitants of various Washington counties actually requested that the new meter technology be installed in their homes? We need to understand clearly that our silence is our “tacit consent.”
Grateful for the recognition
On behalf of the Community Foundation of NCW, we want to thank Rufus Woods and The Wenatchee World for the wonderful recognition of the foundation and its leadership in Sunday’s (July 21) editorial. The thoughtful and positive commentary is such a great way for our communities to better understand our work, especially as we strive to build a culture of philanthropy across our region.
We wanted to be sure to recognize our donors, fund-holders and agency partners who are the primary factors of our success. Most of our donors are ordinary people, giving extraordinarily. They are teachers, orchardists, local business owners — people who care about their community and want a safe, effective way to give back. Their generosity is the very reason we exist and inspires others to give.
We also have several agency partners — such as the Chelan-Douglas Land Trust, WVC Foundation and the Wenatchee YMCA — who entrust the foundation to manage their assets which contribute greatly to the foundation’s advancements. Their partnership allows more giving in the community, and demonstrates how collaborative leadership can significantly impact the positive changes we all work toward in our region.
Thank you again for the wonderful recognition of the foundation and its impact on our communities! We are so grateful for your support.
Executive Director, Community Foundation of NCW
Chairman of the Board, Community Foundation of NCW
It takes a partnership
In a recent article in The Wenatchee World, it was reported by some of our long-term residents at the Hospitality House that the mission was built from the ground up by those being served there and without the help of contractors. That was 20 years ago and memories do fade. Our founder and director, Charles Hutchins, estimated at the time that about 70 percent of the construction was done by the residents. Thirty percent of the more technical work was done by an outpouring of volunteer workers from our community including businesses, service clubs, skilled carpenters, electricians and plumbers. Joe Davis was one of two contractors that served on the job. Since the very beginning our community has been very generous, supportive and helpful in caring for the homeless. This partnership continues for which we are greatly blessed.
Dale T. Peterson, MD
Past board member