New science surrounds smart meter debate

Re: Too many problems with smart meters, Letters, Oct. 19, 2011.

Re: Too many problems with smart meters, Letters, Oct. 19, 2011.

In the verbiage about smart meters there are some new scientific discoveries of great value.

Sharon Noble says that electricity prices rise following installation of smart meters. That makes science so much simpler — no need to spend time checking for alternative explanations such as the rise in price of most energy sources.

Others on the West Shore have discovered a form of radio waves that do not diminish in strength with distance.

That’s good news — I eagerly anticipate faraway radio stations changing to them so I can hear my favourite music.

But I hope that revision to the laws of physics won’t apply to sound waves, as the noise from everywhere might prevent sleep.

Perhaps those discoveries fall into the new category of “post-normal science,” which is based on emotions instead of the facts of reality.

There are issues of cost-effectiveness and privacy worth some discussion, but they’ll also be discarded in reaction to the irrationality of the complainers, whose behaviour is obsessive-compulsive.

Keith Sketchley

Saanich