Maybe it was a slow news day and there was nothing else to
report on in the middle of the summer doldrums, but here it
was in the online version of the daily fish wrap. The
California Public Utilities commission was holding a public
hearing on customer complaints over the risk of wireless
radiation from smart meters July 29th in San Francisco.
“We’re just flooding our environment with electromagnetic
radiation. And we’re doing it without understanding the
potential health consequences of that deluge,” alleged Josh
Hart one of the speakers at the hearing. This is a guy who
told the reporter he also sold his cell phone over his
worries about radiation.
OK! OK! I know this is California and all things wacky and
wonderful start here. Thankfully for the rest of the country
most of the wacky ideas just mellow out after a while as
people move on the next thing they can protest about. In my
view this one, this week, ranks right up there with the
protesters in Berkeley covering themselves with oil as they
picket the site of a new $500 million biotechnology lab
being built at UC-Berkeley because the largest donor for the
construction project is BP.
Is this radiation complaint a big concern?
Well, considering that only 16 people turned out for the
CPUC public hearing on the topic all claiming they suffer
from electro-hypersensitivity from cell phone towers and
other wireless technologies I suggest not. The hearing
examiner who gets paid to listen to such drivel all day on
every topic sat patiently and let the folks talk their
But, of course, there is also politics in this.
The CPUC has an ongoing inquiry into the smart meter program
after PG&E got hammered by customers over utility bill
spikes after their smart meters were installed. Several
communities including San Francisco and Marin County have
also petitioned the Commission to halt smart meter
installations until the full inquiry is completed, but the
CPUC has denied this request. But they have a different
issue in that both want to create their own community
aggregation program to enable residents to buy more
renewable energy from sources other than PG&E under the
state law which allows it.
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