Smart Meter Concerns Hit National Headlines . . . Finally!

May 17, 2012

Megaphone Man

I was a happy woman today when I received a link to an Associated Press article on smart meters that is being carried by major national news networks!  The dangers of smart meters and all devices that emit radiofrequency radiation (RFR), such as cordless phones, cell phones, WiFi, and baby monitors, has long been an issue relegated to the websites of activists, interest groups, and independent scientists.

Since the majority of Americans still rely upon more traditional news outlets, it is high time that the dangers of RFR be outed in a national manner, accessible to the masses.  Remember, in 2011, the World Health Organization named RFR a Class 2 carcinogen, putting in the company of DDT and lead (see my previous article for more information and link to source)!  Everyone needs to know the dangers to our health presented by the RFR-emitting devices that surround us.  Everyone deserves to be aware of the exceptionally concerning threats to our health and privacy presented by smart meters.  Everyone deserves to make an informed choice regarding whether or not they are willing to assume the risks of having a smart meter and other RFR-emitting devices in their home.  The A.P.’s article regarding the issues surrounding smart meters is a wonderful beginning for the type of world-wide awareness that is necessary.

As the article notes, the state of Vermont (my home state!) has passed S. 214, a bill proposed by Senator Robert Hartwell (D), that gaurantees Vermonters the right, now and in the future, to opt out of having a smart meter placed on their home.  Vermont S. 214 has also prevented utility companies from charging monthly ”opt out” fees to those citizens who refuse a smart meter.  The bill states that the burden of proof for establishing the necessity of any future proposed ”opt out” fees rests upon the power companies’ ability to present a solid case for such to the state.

I was elated to learn that Vermont S.214 had passed–it will be signed into law by the governor on May 18, 2012.  It was my sincere hope that Vermont’s passage of S.214, which puts human health above power company profits (it is the power companies’ bottom lines that improve as a result of smart meter installations, not consumers’) would serve as a role-model bill for other states.  Vermont is the first state to pass legislation disallowing an “opt out” fee.  This is important.  Should citizens really have to pay to remain safe?  I think not.  However, as the A.P. article states, all other states that allow citizens to “opt out” of smart meters do allow utility companies to levy “opt out” fees.

Please share the A.P. article with your family, friends, and your co-workers.  If they have questions or want to learn more about smart meters and the dangers they present, please direct them to the following articles I have written regarding the dangers of smart meters:  The Dangers of Smart Meters Hit Home  and Smart Meters Are An Even Larger Threat Than I Had ThoughtThe first of the preceding articles is an annotated bibliography of sorts on the dangers of smart meters and RFR in general.  I have been adding links to new studies, websites, films, and other educational resources as I discover them.  In the latter article, I reveal technical information given to me by an industry expert who contacted me in response to my initial article.  Every citizen deserves to make an informed choice regarding these very serious threats to their health and privacy!  Knowledge is power!

Please e-mail or write to your legislators and tell them you want a bill like Vermont S.214 passed in your state.  Tell them that you want such a bill passed so that you will remain in charge of your health and your privacy in your own home–it is your home after all.  Let them know that, like Vermonters, you never want to be charged an “opt out” fee for choosing to safeguard your health and privacy.  Tell them that a legislator like Senator Hartwell of Vermont, who puts human health first, is the type of legislator who will have your vote.  Here is a link to the text of Vermont S.214.  To e-mail your legislators visit this site.


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jill May 18, 2012 at 22:49

Hooray! This is a step in the right direction. I know when I bring up this topic people think I’m nuts, but these articles will help add to my credibility when discussing it. I went to a Weston price meeting yesterday, and it was on sustainability. I totally forgot what I was going to say, and the first thing to pop into my head was EMF’s. I said it, just like that, and the whole crowd turned my way. I had their attention, and they’d all heard of it, but didn’t know much. So, I finally found a group that wants to learn about it. I will send this to the leader. Also, is it okay if I post this on a forum for Baby Center and on my blog? I will of course provide the link for this blog.
Thank you for your efforts!


Nicole, The Non-Toxic Nurse May 19, 2012 at 00:21

Jill, please feel free to share anything you read in my blog as long as you cite my blog/articles as the source. I left the entire links in my first two articles (rather than making them pretty underlined text) so that the links would remain useful even if hard copies of the articles were made and disseminated. We absolutely have to get the word out–especially about the dangers of harmful radiofrequency radiation in everyday devices. Thanks for commenting:-)


jill May 19, 2012 at 12:16

Of course I’ll cite your blog/articcles as the source. So many have no idea about this so I feel it’s important to keep this going.
thank you


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