Smart meters not getting enough attention as bad idea

What will it take to stop the very expensive smart meter “boondoggle”?

What will it take to stop the very expensive smart meter “boondoggle”?

First, there are the reported extreme increases in monthly billing, in some instances supposedly tripling or more, forcing some families to choose between vital things such as food, transportation or heat.

Second, the BC Hydro business plan is unrealistic. To my understanding the $1 billion price tag does not include many of the costs associated with this complex wireless grid system and most certainly does not include legal fees incurred from expensive lawsuits.

Third, people are complaining of health issues they believe stem from the constant pulses of radio frequency radiation required to keep the mesh network in sync. Some people with pre-existing medical problems say they have seen their conditions worsen and others normally healthy have developed ill symptoms soon after the installation of smart meters.

Why are BC residents denied the ability to opt out when other provinces and states have ensured this right for their constituents?

Fourth, a definite and severe threat to our security through hacking of the wireless smart grid. Unauthorized access to personal information and electrical devices within the home is a real possibility. U.S. experts, including former CIA Director, James Woolsey, say the wireless grid is “stupid” with no way to protect our energy grid against certain cyber attack.

Fifth, house fires and damages to appliances after poor installations done by inexperienced workers. How many fires are actually related to smart meters that we don’t know about, and why isn’t the fire commissioner tracking these events? Hydro and Corix are denying responsibility leaving the individuals to face deductibles, co-insurance, and higher premiums. How is this right?

Sixth, bullying, intimidation and threats to BC residents, with no consideration of our democratic right to health, security and privacy in our own homes and businesses.

Again, what more do government/fire/health officials need before they stand up and demand an end to this expensive “boondoggle”? Please tell us.

Tammy Jeske


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