Smart Meter Protest in SF Thursday

A December 2010 protest against SmartMeter installation in West Marin

Despite its status as a tech hub where virtually every square inch of land is within range of a wireless Internet signal, San Francisco has proved hospitable over the years to people with all manner of fears about radiation from gadgets such as cell phones, radio towers -- and, in the latest object of righteous Luddite rage, SmartMeters.

A SmartMeter, for those of you who don't know, is a wireless device for measuring the use of gas and electricity. If you'd like to know more -- like, much, much more -- you can head to tomorrow's meeting of the California Public Utilities Commission, where folks opposed to PG&E's roll-out of these meters will be gathering to speak their minds.

Stop Smart Meters!, a Scotts Valley-based organization agitating against the machines, has sent out a broadcast urging its adherents to attend. The meeting will take place at 10 a.m. at 505 Van Ness.

Things could get (sort of) interesting with the appearance of new Commissioner Mike Florio, formerly head of pro-consumer group The Utility Reform Network (TURN). Florio hasn't shied away from calling out PG&E in the past; watch for how he responds to the demands of the anti-meter crowd.

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I have a sticker that says "ask me why I hate wireless technology." I put it over the apple logo on my laptop, which I use to do my engineering homework and write code. I attend the University of Washington.

Not everyone who is made sick by wireless technology is a Luddite. Some of the hardest-hit people are former RF engineers (like this guy:

I realize that the idea that electrosensitive people might not all be crazy is deeply threatening to a lot of people. It doesn't help anything that exposure to microwaves typically gives us a fucked-up, scattered feeling that comes off as our being kind of unhinged; trying to convince anyone of anything when you're in that state is bound to not work out very well.




And Insurance companies don't sacrifice insurance premiums ($$$) for nothing.

TV NEWS VIDEO - Insurance Companies Won't Insure Wireless Device Health Risks (3 minutes, 13 seconds)

2. WIRELESS SMART METERS TRANSMIT RADIATION APPROXIMATELY 25,000 TIMES PER DAY, 24/7, not 45 seconds per day as claimed by PG&E Corporate.

VIDEO - Radiation Measured From Smart Meter Mounted On A Home (6 minutes, 21 seconds)


Senator Florez in a hearing with both PG&E customers whose bills have gone up and PG&E Corporate representatives.

TV NEWS VIDEO - Skyrocketing Utility Bills after WIRELESS smart meter installation (3 minutes, 19 seconds)


Smart meters have been proven to be very hazardous to health. These protesters are there to protect Californians from dangers that are well-researched and are real. I have a smart meter on my home in the San Diego area. It is like living in hell to have this on my home. Daily headaches, ringing in the ears, ear pain, inflammation, sleeping problems, emf sensitivities ... and more. Can't use the room the *^*%^&$& meter is attached to, the master bedroom. Can't go near it in the yard. It is like being tortured by our own government. It is torture, in fact. No one will help you once these meters on on your home and you are sick from them. The protesters are my heroes.


you will recognize them in their tin foil hats

t chang
t chang

say what you will about these protesters' anti-tech paranoia, but the whole smart meter program is mad shady, and anything that irritates PG&E is commendable. PG&E has no credibility whatsoever, and despite that study debunking the rate fears, I still very much suspect that they're trying to pull a fast one on all of us. Just look at how they're attempting to pass the San Bruno explosion costs onto the consumers - why would you take them at their word? I also find it amusing that the hippies and the SFgate commenter crowd have finally found some common ground on an issue.

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