Wednesday, May 3, 2017

April 28th Open Letter to Energy Policy Committee



On April 28th of this year, I sent the following "open letter - for the record" about a recent very one-sided news article on Analog Utility Meter Choice legislation in Michigan, to Representative Glenn, Chairman of the House Energy Policy Committee, and copied all the members of the committee:

Dear Representative Glenn, 
This article was published yesterday by DEI (Daily Energy Insider):  Smart meters opt-out bill ready for Michigan House energy committee vote - Daily Energy Insider 
Most customers of DTE Energy and Consumers Energy were not given the option of "opting-IN" to the smart and electronic metering program.   
Consumers Energy claimed in their testimony that only a small percentage of customers "opted-OUT", yet they also admitted that a customer would have to go to their website and click on a tab having to do with "questions" in order to find any information about an "opt-out program".  It is no wonder so few opted-out. 
Some customers have had electricity shut-off for refusing a "smart" meter, and have gone through two or more Michigan winters with no electricity.  They would most likely argue that thoughtfulness (per the article) was not, and has not, been used. Regardless of what DTE Energy and Consumers Energy say about privacy and cyber security, "smart" meters remain a "digital back door" to our homes and our personal lives via the wireless connection.   
This article also mentioned that analog meters would cost customers more money to keep in place.  Neither DTE Energy nor Consumers Energy has offered to "show us the books" to prove this claim.  How could a system of metering that has been in place for decades (analog metering), suddenly cost "roughly $9 million more annually for energy"? 
With analog choice, we are not asking for anything new or special.  We are simply asking for the continuation of a system of utility metering that does not infringe upon our property, and other personal rights. 
Thank you for all you do to support this legislation. 
Sincerely, 
Jeanine Susan Deal  
Battle Creek, MI  49015

Thursday, April 13, 2017

"V2V" - Vehicle to Vehicle Technology


From EMF Safety Network:
The stated purpose of the V2V (vehicle to vehicle) is to improve driving safety by warning drivers of imminent crash risks in time to avoid them and pave the way for self-driving cars.

V2V is like a smart meter in your car! The antenna is omni-directional, allowed to transmit up to approximately 2 watts of power output at 10 Mhz and 5.9 Ghz with a range of 300 meters, or three football fields in length, every 100 milliseconds, or 10 pulses a second. The proximity of the transmitter to the driver and passengers is unknown, but could be inches to a few feet away from people in the car.

We strongly oppose mandating V2V in cars and light trucks. All roadway corridors will have significant increases in RFR (radiofrequency radiation) exposure from V2V and supporting infrastructure.  V2V poses increased safety hazards to drivers, passengers, people in homes who live along roadways, cyclists, and pedestrians. Increased RFR exposure from V2V threatens nature, trees, birds, bees and other insects. Vulnerable populations such as children, seniors, people with electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS), and people with medical implants are at greater risk of harm.  Assertions of RFR harm are based in peer reviewed published science.

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) states they are taking RFR concerns seriously, however they make a couple of important inaccurate statements: 
  1. No scientific evidence establishes a causal link between wireless device use and cancer or other illnesses.
  2. There’s no scientific basis to link EHS symptoms to EMF exposure.
  3. The National Environmental Policy Act does not apply.
  4. V2V will not have a disproportionate effect on children.
  5. Consumer education by the Federal Government and vehicle manufacturers may help to alleviate RFR concerns.
We believe V2V technology will not make driving safer, but will make driving more harmful to people and the environment, create mobility access barriers, and should be stopped.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was taking comments on V2V technology at Regulations.gov until yesterday (April 12, 2017).

So I wrote the following impassioned comment:
V2V technology uses radiofrequency radiation.  Show me absolute PROOF that radiofrequency radiation is 100% SAFE.
Radiofrequency radiation IS NOT 100% SAFE as EVIDENCED by the above links.  THIS HAS BEEN KNOWN FOR LITERALLY LIFETIMES. 
"Non-ionizing radiation is found in a wide range of occupational settings and can pose a CONSIDERABLE HEALTH RISK to potentially exposed workers IF NOT PROPERLY CONTROLLED."
We have lost all common sense and logic when it comes to radiofrequency radiation.  
For profit.  
For political contributions.  
For bribes.  
For money.  
Judas sold Jesus out for 30 pieces of gold.  YOU will be NO BETTER THAN JUDAS, selling the public out, for what?  
"30 pieces of gold." 
The NTP (National Toxicology Program) study shows an increase in tumors with exposure to radiofrequency radiation: 
WHY ARE YOU IGNORING THIS?  How many people MUST GET SICK and/or DIE from EXPOSURE to RADIOFREQUENCY RADIATION for you to LISTEN and NOT be SEDUCED by the MONEY?
Some people who have gone through chemotherapy are told by their medical doctors, "NO MORE RADIATION."  WHY DO YOU SUPPOSE THAT IS? 
V2V technology *********IS MORE RADIATION.*********  More radiation that will be nearly UNAVOIDABLE unless one becomes a hermit. 
Some people will not be able to get NEAR new vehicles and ALL ROADS if V2V technology is mandated. 
Some people will abandon driving or even ENTERING vehicles because of the dose of radiofrequency radiation they WILL RECEIVE if they DO. 
I STRONGLY OPPOSE MANDATING V2V TECHNOLOGY.  And given the facts I have presented, SO SHOULD YOU, lest you END UP LIKE JUDAS. 
I REQUEST YOU MOVE TO ABANDON ALL MANDATED V2V TECHNOLOGY.
 
'Wonder if they'll listen... 




Thursday, April 6, 2017

Eyes Are On Michigan!


Most of us are already aware of the issues with new public utility meters (sometimes called "smart", advanced, digital, AMI, AMR, or AMR ERT).  If you're not, please watch this documentary from Take Back Your Power, read through some of this blog, and/or listen to the testimonies given at the Michigan Energy Policy Committee public hearings, part 1, part 2, and part 3.  

There are very serious issues with the new meters, which is why momentum is building to pass legislation that will allow natural gas and electric public utility customers the right to "opt-put" and keep using analog meters (that have never had a fraction of the issues) without having to pay extra (extortion) fees to do so.

From New York:

Woodstock NY- This is a serious issue because once you all have smartmeters, you will not be able to get rid of them. Better to ensure a good opt out program, for now.
On Saturday, April 8th, at 7 p.m., the Woodstock Smart Meter Forum is showing a film on the smart meter hearings presently taking place in Lansing, Michigan. Afterwards, former Ulster County legislators, Terry Bernardo and Mike Madsen, will discuss legislative best practices on getting an analog opt-out bill through the NYS Assembly and Senate. Stop Smart Meters Woodstock’s presentation is free and open to all, and will take place at the Woodstock Public Library, 5 Library Lane in Woodstock. For more information call 679-8111.

Michigan - A Call To Action:

Please call one or more of the Energy Policy Committee members (listed below) who have not yet committed to supporting HB 4220, and ask them to support "no-fee" Analog Utility Meter Choice!  Here's a script of what you can say:

"Hello. My name is ______.  I live in  _____.  I am asking you to support House Bill 4220, which gives me the right to choose an ANALOG gas or electric utility meter, without having to pay extra fees .  I want the right to choose my meter.  Please support House Bill 4220."

Thank you for all you do to support this legislation!

Michigan Energy Policy Committee members who have not yet committed to a "yes" vote on HB 4220:

Roger Hauck (R) 99th District
Phone:  (517) 373-1789
Email:  RogerHauck@house.mi.gov 
Isabella County, Midland County (part),  Coleman city,  Edenville Township,  Geneva Township,  Greendale Township,  Hope Township,  Ingersoll Township,  Jasper Township,  Mills Township,  Mount Haley Township,  Porter Township,  Warren Township 

James Lower (R) 70th District
Phone:  (517) 373-0834
Email:  JamesLower@house.mi.gov
Gratiot County (part):  Alma city,  Arcada Township (part),  Bethany Township,  Emerson Township (part),  Pine River Township,  St Louis city,  Seville Township, Montcalm County

Beth Griffin (R) 66th District
Phone:  (517) 373-0839
Email:  BethGriffin@house.mi.gov
Kalamazoo County (part):  Alamo Township,  Cooper Township,  Parchment city, Van Buren County

Jim Tedder (R) 43rd District
Phone:  517-373-0615
Email:  JimTedder@house.mi.gov
Oakland County (part),  Independence Township,  Lake Angelus city,  Village of Clarkston city,  Waterford Township (part) 

John Riley (R) 46th District
Phone:  517-373-1798
Email:  JohnReilly@house.mi.gov
Oakland County (part) Addison Township Brandon Township Oakland Charter Township (part) Orion Township Oxford Township 

Beau LaFave (R) 108th District
Phone: (517) 373-0156
Email: BeauLaFave@house.mi.gov
Delta County, Dickinson County, Menominee County 

Joseph Bellino (R) 17th District
Phone: (517) 373-1530
Email: JosephBellino@house.mi.gov
Monroe County (part):  Ash Township,  Berlin Township,  Exeter Township,  Frenchtown Township,  London Township,  Monroe city,  Monroe Township (part).  Wayne County (part):  Flat Rock city,  Rockwood city,  Sumpter Township

Donna Lasinski (D) 52nd District
Phone: (517) 373-0828
Email: DonnaLasinski@house.mi.gov 
Washtenaw County (part): Ann Arbor city (part), Bridgewater Township, Chelsea city, Dexter Township, Freedom Township, Lima Township, Lodi Township, Lyndon Township, Manchester Township, Northfield Township, Salem Township, Saline city, Saline Township, Scio Township, Sharon Township, Sylvan Township, Webster Township

Scott Dianda (D) 110th District
Phone:  517-373-0850
Email:  scottdianda@house.mi.gov
Baraga County, Gogebic County, Houghton County, Iron County, Keweenaw County, Marquette County (part): Ishpeming Township, Powell Township, Ontonagon County

Brian Elder (D) 96th District 
Phone: (517) 373-0158
Email: BrianElder@house.mi.gov
Bay County (part): Bangor Township, Bay City city, Essexville city, Frankenlust Township, Hampton Township, Kawkawlin Township, Merritt Township, Monitor Township, Portsmouth Township

Patrick Green (D) 28th District
Phone: (517) 373-1772
Email: PatrickGreen@house.mi.gov
Macomb County (part): Center Line city, Warren city (part)

John Kivela (D) 109th District
Phone: (517) 373-0498
Email: johnkivela@house.mi.gov
Alger County, Luce County, Marquette County (part): Champion Township, Chocolay Township, Ely Township, Ewing Township, Forsyth Township, Humboldt Township, Ishpeming city, Marquette city, Marquette Township, Michigamme Township, Negaunee city, Negaunee Township, Republic Township, Richmond Township, Sands Township, Skandia Township, Tilden Township, Turin Township, Wells Township, West Branch Township, Schoolcraft County

Darrin Camilleri (D) 23rd District 
Phone: (517) 373-0855
Email: DarrinCamilleri@house.mi.gov
Detroit area (part), Brownstone Township, Huron Township, Gibraltar city, Trenton city, Woodhaven city, Grosse Ile Township