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Monday, December 31, 2012
WND Fearmongers About Smart Meters
Topic: WorldNetDaily

There are many reasons nobody believes WorldNetDaily, and one of them is its penchant for silly one-world-government fearmongering. Take, for instance, its recent three-article series about smart meters from electric utilities.

Steve Elwart kicked off the first article in the series by complaining about cost, asserting that "a smart meter program may take decades before it pays for itself." Elwart let no electric utility representative respond to the charge. Elwart also warned of nebulous "other purposes" for which utilities can use the information gathered from smart meters.

Elwart's second article highlighted "The potential danger to the physical health of a homeowner," citing cases in which a smart meter caught fire. Again, Elwart failed to allow any utility company to respond to the criticism.

Elwart's final article cranks up the fear to warn around purportedly dangerous radio waves emanating from the meters:

Smart meters have been associated with privacy issues, data security issues, and fire safety issues, but the biggest danger from RF (radio frequency) meters may be from the signals they give off while reporting their data to the central utility office.

A study conducted by the industry group, the Electric Power Research Institute, concluded that in their tests the radio frequency emissions of smart meters are well within federal safety guidelines. A Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) study titled, “Summary Discussion of RF Fields and the PG&E SmartMeter™ System” concluded that smart meters are “are in full compliance with Federal Communications Commission regulations by a very wide margin.”

But are they? Many people would disagree.

Of course, Elwart does not cite "many people," only a few. And he fails once more to allow any utility representative to respond to his fearmongering.

Posted by Terry K. at 1:01 AM EST

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