No Time to Waste Revisiting MA Senators’ No Time to Waste

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March 07. 2015 7:24AM

Burke: Danger from smart meters, Wi-Fi

The Senate Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change issued its report “No Time to Waste” in February 2015. Senators Pacheco, Eldridge, Barrett, Downing, McGee, and Hudland state: “Our climate clock is ticking and our natural resources, public health and the future of our economy are at stake.” The Senate report endorses smart meters.

In February 2014, career tobacco scientist Peter Valberg assisted the MA Dept. of Public Utilities in negating health concerns regarding smart meters, and contributed significantly to the fraudulent DPU docket 12-76-B. One month earlier, career tobacco scientist Peter Valberg defended Phillips Morris in its Ohio light cigarette lawsuit.

“Climate deniers” have been portrayed in the mass media as primarily Republicans who rely on “tobacco science.”

In truth, the Democratic initiative of smart meters flying under the guise of “sustainability” has relied, literally, on mercenary tobacco science.

Mass. ratepayers who faced a 37 percent electricity rate increase are financing the controversial $48 million Worcester National Grid smart meter pilot program, which has no health or environmental monitoring. The DPU endorsed smart meters and time of use billing as the cornerstone to grid modernization before the pilot even got off the ground, at a potential expense to ratepayers of over $7 billion.

The current investigation of the California Public Utilities Commission has revealed that out-going President Peevey recognized that residents were being physically harmed by wireless smart meters and related infrastructure. The program would have been halted in 2009 had it been adequately regulated.

Canadian resident Ron McNutt wrote, “The smart meter project, born and bred in secrecy and exempted from all levels of normal oversight, represents a range of concerns, including fire safety, elevated costs, time-of-use billing, electrical grid security, invasion of personal privacy, and most importantly, adverse long-term health effects. The technology, which envelops entire cities in microwave radiation to send information wirelessly, is not, and cannot be proven safe.”

Bernie Maddoff embodies the damage that one sociopath can manifest in the absence of an adequate system of checks and balances. The suffering unleashed by one opportunistic mercenary scientist still benefitting from the tobacco wars is immeasurable; the damage unfolding due to inadequate monitoring and regulation of the wireless industry is unfathomable.

Massachusetts taxpayers and ratepayers deserve a refund for all monies paid for corrupted tobacco science. U.S. residents deserve an explanation as to why the FCC is ignoring the World Health Organization International Agency on Research for Cancer’s 2011 classification of radio frequencies as a possible human carcinogen.

Before investing another penny in wireless infrastructure, including industrial-scale Wi-Fi in schools, smart meters, and additional antennas and towers, this Legislature can demand that the FCC justify why other industrialized nations have exposure limits 100’s of times lower than the U.S. and why they limit wireless installations near schools, hospitals, playgrounds, homes, and other sensitive areas.

Instead of endorsing smart meters, the Senate committee truly concerned with the environment, health, and the economy can call for an immediate public and transparent investigation into the Worcester Pilot program and the DPU mandate. Regarding “no time to waste,” Bill H3553, sponsored by Rep. DiNatale could be expedited for passage so that Mass. residents already experiencing harm from wireless meters can be protected.

This Legislature is gifted with the extraordinary opportunity to change the course of history, and guide the United States to a re-examination of outdated, inadequate FCC guidelines, which were never tested for women and children or for chronic, long-term exposures.

Dr. Erika Mallery Blythe is a British physician who is at the forefront of research on adverse health impacts including crippling electro-magnetic hypersensitivity. To paraphrase her, regarding the lack of integrity in the green, sustainable, smart environmental movement, “as an American, I find it embarrassing. I don’t think our children will find it embarrassing, they will find it unforgivable.”

PATRICIA BURKE

Millis

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