The individual radiation levels of smart meters are not the only issue that warrants our attention; the cumulative level of all the electromagnetic-radiation-emitting devices within our proximity is important. As the CCST report concluded, "concerns about human health impacts of RF emissions from smart meters should be considered in this broader context," especially because each one includes a second transmitter that will be initiated sometime for further monitoring.
Utility companies claim that radio frequency emissions from a smart meter are comparable to those from a microwave oven, but they fail to disclose that smart meters are, according to the CCST, "a relay among other smart meters and utility access points"; hence, unlike microwaves, they can be transmitting information and emitting RF waves 24 hours a day.
And experts have shown there are adverse effects to long-term exposure to RF emissions. For example, Dr. David Carpenter, who was the head of the New York State Department of Health for 18 years, administered a program studying the effects of electromagnetic fields. Carpenter, who is now the director of the Institute for Health and the Environment, recently rebutted utility companies' claims that smart meters have no negative health effects by explaining, "We have evidence from a whole variety of other sources of radio frequency exposure that demonstrates convincingly and consistently that exposure to radio frequency radiation at elevated levels for long periods of time increases the risk of cancer, increases the damage to the nervous system, causes electro-sensitivity (and) has adverse reproductive effects and a variety of other effects on different organ systems."
Beyond health concerns are the questionable liberty and consumer violations, as we are being misled and forced to attach radiation-emitting devices on our houses and businesses. The CCST explains how that domestic mandate was the result of an overreach by the nanny state: "The federal government has required utilities to take steps to implement smart grid networks, including the use of smart meters."
Interestingly, again according to the CCST, "some California utilities ... have received significant federal funding for smart meter deployment from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (federal stimulus package)." Your tax dollars hard at work authorizing more electrosmog into your home! Smart grids might sound green, but forcing increased levels of nonionizing radiation isn't exactly a widespread deployment of eco-friendly and healthier renewable energy.
Smart meters pose not only an American health problem but also a global one. Since 2000, millions have been installed in Italy, Japan, Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand and beyond. And since 2005 in the U.S., there has been an onslaught of smart meters. Millions have been fastened to the sides of our homes and businesses from sea to shining sea. If the wave of meters has not infiltrated your neighborhood yet, consider this article a fair warning for attachments coming soon to your home.
The way I see it, we as consumers have a choice. Will we believe countless specialists who are saying smart meters are, at the very least, unnecessary health risks and contributors to overall electrosmog, or will we believe public utility companies and the feds, which have divested interests in the installation of smart meters and say they are harmless to our health and are being mandated by law to save us money?
For more information on keeping your family safe and healthy, please see http://www.SmartMeterDangers.org, http://www.SmartMeterDangers.com and http://SmartMeterSafety.com.