Tuesday, March 28, 2017

An Open Letter to the Michigan House Energy Policy Committee

March 27, 2017  (Delivered today, March 28, 2017)

To:  The Members of the Michigan House Energy Policy Committee
Re:  HB 4220 - Analog Utility Meter Choice Legislation - an open letter

Honorable Members of the Energy Policy Committee,

As a member of this committee, your decisions not only affect your constituents, but every child, woman, and man in all of Michigan.

When it comes time to vote on HB 4220, please remember a few things:

  • The fire chief who thankfully was home when his new smart meter arced and nearly caught his cabin on fire.1
  • The Detroit couple who's dogs were killed in a smart meter house fire.2
  • The autistic children who, it is known, do better in an environment low in electromagnetic fields and low in dirty electricity.3
  • The parents of autistic children, some of whom may not be able to afford "opt-out" fees to keep radiofrequency radiation emitting and dirty electricity creating electronic meters off their homes. 
  • Newborn babies whose tiny skulls are much thinner than 200-pound men used for testing the penetration depth of radiofrequency radiation.4
  • The perhaps hundreds of Michigan residents who have been testifying about ill effects experienced after smart or electronic meter installations.5
  • The Michigan residents who have withstood two (or more) Michigan winters with no electricity due to power being cut by the utility companies because they refused a smart or electronic meter.  Some of these people had severe adverse physical reactions to smart and electronic meters, and removed or had them removed, to save their lives. 

When I was in my 30's, only a few people had cell phones.  Today, most everyone has a cell phone, even some toddlers.  Did you know that malignant brain tumors are now the top cause of cancer deaths in adolescents?6  That wasn't so when I was in my 30's.

Cell phones are a choice we don't have to pay extra to not have.  Some Michigan residents were already avoiding cell phones when smart or electronic meters were installed, or forced, onto their homes.  Many of these people were then thrown into full-blown electrosensitivity.

Did you know there are reliable disease bio-markers that characterize and identify electrosensitivity?7  This is a real condition, and some other countries are recognizing it and taking measures to reduce radiofrequency and wireless radiation in public places.8

Most people recover from electrosensitivity when electromagnetic fields in their environment are reduced or eliminated, though a growing number of people become hypersensitive to electromagnetic fields (EMFs) and become "EMF refugees", constantly seeking out "white zones" free of EMFs, in order to not experience debilitating symptoms.9

On the one side we have utility meters (analog) that have been in use for more years than you or I have been alive, with no issues of privacy, fire safety, cyber attacks, plus they don't emit radiofrequency radiation (a class 2B carcinogen)10, and they don't create dirty electricity.11  Plus, they take a miniscule amount of energy to operate.

On the other side we have electronic utility meters that take more energy to operate (adding to peak demand), emit a class 2B carcinogen, create dirty electricity, collect and record granulated data about our personal habits, and are easily hacked by some.  Plus, smart meters have probably started more fires in their short history than all the fires started by analog meters in the last 100 years.

The precautionary principle states, "that the introduction of a new product or process whose ultimate effects are disputed or unknown should be resisted."

So-called smart and electronic metering falls within the precautionary principle description.

Please be a hero in the eyes of those who are aware of the issues around electronic metering and support  HB 4220, an analog choice without added fees.  You will not regret it.

Most Sincerely,

(Signed)  Jeanine Deal

Supporting material:

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Michigan: A Call To Action

[Updated March 11, 2017]

Michigan Analog Utility Meter Choice advocates:

Before next Tuesday (March 14th), please call one or more of the Energy Policy Committee members, and ask them to support HB 4220, Utility Meter Choice.  

Then, please plan on attending the next public hearing for HB 4220 in Lansing on Tuesday, March 14th, at 9 am, in the Anderson House Office Building (across from the Lansing Capitol Building).

Please pass this message on to all you know in favor of this legislation.  Thank You!

Energy Committee members and contact information (sponsor and co-sponsors noted, no need to call them):

Gary Glenn (R) Committee Chair 98th District (Sponsor of HB 4220 - no need to call unless to say "Thank you!")
Phone: 517-373-1791
Email: GaryGlenn@house.mi.gov
Bay County (part):  Auburn city, Beaver Township,  Fraser Township,  Garfield Township,  Gibson Township.  Midland city (part):  Mount Forest Township,  Pinconning city,  Pinconning Township,  Williams Township.  Midland County (part):  Homer Township,  Jerome Township,  Larkin Township,  Lee Township,  Lincoln Township,  Midland city (part),  Midland Township 

Roger Hauck (R) Majority Vice-Chair, 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 

Tom Barrett (R) 71st District (Co-sponsor of HB 4220 - no need to call unless to say "Thank you!")
Phone: 517-373-0853
Eaton County (part),  Bellevue Township,  Benton Township,  Carmel Township,  Charlotte city,  Chester Township,  Delta Charter Township,  Eaton Township (part),  Eaton Rapids Township,  Grand Ledge city (part),  Kalamo Township,  Lansing city (part),  Olivet city,  Oneida Charter Township,  Potterville city,  Roxand Township,  Sunfield Township,  Vermontville Township,  Walton Township,  Windsor Charter Township 

Tristin Cole (R) 105th District 
Phone: 517-373-0829
Antrim County, Charlevoix County, Montmorency County, Oscoda County, Otsego 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) 

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

Diana Farrington (R) 30th District 
Phone: 517-373-7768
Email: DianaFarrington@house.mi.gov
Macomb County (part):  Shelby Charter Township (part),  Sterling Heights city (part),  Utica city

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

Steven Johnson (R) 72nd District
Phone: (517) 373-0840
Email: StevenJohnson@house.mi.gov
Allegan County (part):  Dorr Township,  Leighton Township,  Wayland city,  Wayland Township.  Kent County (part):  Gaines Township,  Kentwood city

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

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

John Reilly (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

Donna Lasinski (D) Minority Vice-Chair, 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 (Co-sponsor of HB 4220 - no need to call unless to say "Thank you!") (Update March 24, 2017:  I don't know where I got the information that Rep Dianda was a co-sponsor.  He is not.  Please call him also.  Thank you!)
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

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

LaTonya Garrett (D) 7th District (Co-sponsor to HB 4220 - no need to call unless to say "Thank you!")
Phone: (517) 373-2276
Email: LaTanyaGarrett@house.mi.gov
Wayne county (part), Detroit city (part), Highland Park city

Darrin Camilleri (D) 23rd District 
Phone: (517) 373-0855
Email: DarrinCamilleri@house.mi.gov

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)

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