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Should PG&E and the FCC put a hold on SmartMeters?

Should PG&E put a hold on SmartMeters until more is known about the health impacts of the electromagnetic frequencies they emit?

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Recently, 25 people picketed outside of the Computer History Museum to call attention to what they called the "completely reckless" policies of the Federal Communications Commission.

Joshua Hart, founder of the Scotts Valley-based Stop SmartMeters, staged the protest on the same night that the Commonwealth Club was hosting a discussion with FCC Chair Julius Genachowski at the museum. According to Hart and others at the protest, the FCC is ignoring evidence that suggests that the radio frequencies emitted by electronic devices, such as cellular phones and the recently introduced PG&E SmartMeters, are causing serious health issues in a significant portion of the population.

Hart is calling for the FCC to tighten regulations on the cell phone industry and impose an immediate moratorium on devices such as PG&E's SmartMeter -- a new kind of power meter that uses the same kind of electromagnetic radiation emitted by cell phones to broadcast information about a household's energy consumption back to the power utility.

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Posted by Dr. Debra Greene
a resident of another community
on Apr 23, 2011 at 3:28 pm

Thank you for this article. You are wise to be cautious. There is plenty of solid research documenting the dangers of electromagnetic radiation, it just doesn't make in into mainstream media in the US. For example, check out www.BioInitiative.org and www.magdahavas.com. I hired a Master Electrician to go through my house with instruments to measure radiation levels and videotaped the whole thing. The results were shocking. The instruments don't lie. Check it out: www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UJ64gfCKQI


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Posted by Susan
a resident of another community
on Apr 24, 2011 at 8:58 pm

I am a Southern Californian whose family has been harmed by the smart meters installed on our property by our utility. I cannot use the entire end of the house where the meter is without getting a splitting headache and more illness from the proximity to the electric meter, which is on my bedroom wall. This is an outrage, brought to us by our totally corrupted governmental agencies (CPUC) and elected politicians (including the governor and all of them), who stand idly by, even when informed of the thousands made ill (who realize it - undoubtedly more who don't). The utility companies are like a dictatorship in a third world, now they are directly harming us. We have to beg to not be harmed and pay them. Anyone see anything wrong with that picture? Go to www.smartmeterdangers.org to learn more. Every American needs to learn about this and read the info on that site. Joshua Hart is entirely right.


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Posted by Susan
a resident of another community
on Apr 24, 2011 at 9:04 pm

PS Maybe the town of Hinkley, CA should have paid PG&E not to be poisoned, too? If we allow the utility companies to harm us or harm anyone, it is giving up all our American liberties. We are giving up our freedoms to enjoy our property, this is a trespass on our homes of dangerous radiation. Hirsch, an expert on radiation, found that smart meters emit up to 160 times more full body radiation than cell phones. Try that for size. The utility denials are based on one flawed industry report (not a study). Read more at www.smartmeterdangers.org. Please support Joshua Hart's efforts. Go to www.stopsmartmeters.org.


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Posted by Susan
a resident of another community
on Apr 24, 2011 at 9:04 pm

PS Maybe the town of Hinkley, CA should have paid PG&E not to be poisoned, too? If we allow the utility companies to harm us or harm anyone, it is giving up all our American liberties. We are giving up our freedoms to enjoy our property, this is a trespass on our homes of dangerous radiation. Hirsch, an expert on radiation, found that smart meters emit up to 160 times more full body radiation than cell phones. Try that for size. The utility denials are based on one flawed industry report (not a study). Read more at www.smartmeterdangers.org. Please support Joshua Hart's efforts. Go to www.stopsmartmeters.org.


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Posted by deanna
a resident of another community
on Jun 24, 2011 at 12:12 am

i am in oregon and feel it wont be more than another month before these meters kill me.nobody cares here.i havent slept in months.i cant cope with this.pge is killing me and nobody cares


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