by LEAH SPITZER, Coffee Party USA
Just as the tobacco industry covered up their findings oh so many years ago, so now is the smart meter industry. Touted as the next great thing in environmental technology, smart meters are now being installed in at least 23 states across the country and all around the world.
What are smart meters? Smart meters are the new digital utility meters that are transmitting your usage directly to the utility companies through wireless technology. The environmental benefits, according to the industry, are less trucks on the street (no need for meter readers) and the ability to charge you more for peak hours thereby encouraging you to reduce your usage.
The problem? They are mandatory, they are unsafe and they are hazardous to the environment. And we are getting misinformation from the industry with regard to usage, frequency and risks. What they don’t want you to know is that the risks far outweigh the rewards.
While industry funded studies show them to be safe, many non-industry funded studies are showing just the opposite. From the abstract by Daniel Hirsch, “the failure to take into account duty cycles of cell phones and microwave ovens and the failure to utilize the same units (they should compare everything in items of average whole body exposure) the cumulative whole body exposure from a Smart Meter at 3 feet appears to be approximately two orders of magnitude higher than that of a cell phone, rather than two orders of magnitude lower.” This abstract then goes on to show a graph which reflects that smart meters emit 40 times the the cumulative whole body exposure of cell phones. [MORE]