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.