Chuck Norris

Smart meters are being installed stealthily by water, gas and electric utility companies on houses and buildings across the country. Despite that, the majority of the public still doesn't know about their potential health risks.

From the moment smart meters began to be installed, a rash of serious health complaints in each community has followed -- to date, largely going unheeded by officials. These aren't hysteria or hype, but bona fide national health concerns about what is being emitted from smart meters and their cumulative effects on "electrosmog" in our homes. In short, electrosmog is pollution through electromagnetic energy. It is being produced by this vast post-Edison world, in which electromagnetic fields and flows have inundated the space around us.

And smart meters, one of the newest and most pervasive emitters of electrosmog, are being funded by the federal stimulus monies and being strapped to your house. They are basically digital devices that record electrical energy, water or natural gas used by consumers and then transmit that information back to a utility company. They replace the analog dial meter and therefore eliminate the need for a utility worker to read and record the data.

Utility companies pitch them as a regulation aid for consumers, but many are questioning the real value of that benefit, especially in light of the meters' potential health risks. While utility companies promise rewards for customers who shift energy use to off-peak periods, health experts are saying there are no savings when your health is in jeopardy.

Of course, utility companies are downplaying the possible health risks. For example, Pacific Gas and Electric Co. explains on its website that its SmartMeter is "a small 1-watt radio that ... transmits relatively weak radio signals (which resemble) those of many other products most people use every day, like cell phones, baby monitors and microwave ovens."

PG&E cites a January report from the California Council on Science and Technology, which stated that no additional standards are needed to protect the public from smart meters. But the company fails to note that in April, in the final version of the same report, the CCST concluded: "Not enough is currently known about potential non-thermal impacts of radio frequency emissions to identify or recommend additional standards for such impacts. ... It is not scientifically confirmed whether or what the non-thermal effects on living organisms, and potentially, human health might be."

Chuck Norris

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