Smart meter article refuted

The Coalition to Stop Smart Meters debates several points made in an article on the meters in Alberni on Feb. 10.

To the Editor,

Re: Smart Move?, Feb. 3 cover story.

There are several points in your article which I would like to debate.

First and foremost is the health issue. The statistics BC Hydro repeats over and over about the smart meter being weaker than a cellphone is not correct according to independent tests done by the University of Southern California, where Dr. Daniel Hirsch found that when the system is fully functioning, the emissions are higher than a cellphone by up to 100 times.

This is the same radiation as cell phones, transmitters, Wi-Fi, true. And this radiation has been shown by many thousands of scientific tests to cause harm at the cellular level. That is why the World Health Organization classifies microwave radiation as a 2b carcinogen, the same as lead and DDT.

Why should BC Hydro be allowed to force you to have a dangerous device on your home? People like Chris Alemany, should refrain from giving scientific advice about things without thorough investigation.

If he would like to see major reports on this topic, I would be happy to provide them. If he would like to communicate with some world-renowned researchers, I could arrange that, too.

I am equally amazed that Mr. Alemany would suggest that wireless technology, like Wi-Fi, is secure. Any teenage computer nerd knows that isn’t so.

People have the right to know the truth about the smart grid, and I hope everyone will question every aspect of the program before allowing a smart meter to be put on their home. Costs, privacy, health, process – all major problems in Ontario, California, Australia, and, soon, British Columbia.

Finally, the Citizens for Safe Technology and the Coalition to Stop Smart Meters filed a legal complaint, not a petition, against BC Hydro.

Sharon Noble

director,

Coalition to Stop Smart Meters