Finding an elected representative willing to take a leadership role on smart meters has been impossible. So far I've been told, “Go to the media.” What a cop-out. Installation of smart meters needs to be delayed until more people are thoroughly informed.
The citizens have not been given enough time to educate themselves. People all over the world — yes, it's a global initiative — are starting to wake up to the realities of the numerous negative aspects of smart meters. Forcing these meters on people is illegal; there is no mandate. There is a lot of information to be digested, and we need more time.
Yes, efforts have been made by public officials and the utility companies to inform us about installation, but the bottom line is these efforts have failed and not enough people know what is really going on. Opting out is possible for now, but that is temporary.
Smart meters are much more than a health issue, as if that isn’t enough. It's a privacy issue and even a national security issue, according to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who recently decried the “smart grid” as making our nation more vulnerable to cyber attacks. It’s also a pocketbook issue; electric bills will increase greatly despite what the utility companies are telling us, and our individual rights will be violated. Think of all the jobs that are being lost, as well.
Utility companies each got $200 million grants from the Department of Energy with TARP money through the [American] Recovery [and Reinvestment] Act to implement this plan. It’s all about “sustainable development” and “green” energy. The roots go to United Nations Agenda 21 right down to Gov. Martin O’Malley’s PlanMaryland. Daddy Bush had a hand in this as well. Bowie and many other cities are members of the ICLEI (International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, more U.N. Agenda 21) and the incentive is the same as always: money. Funding is great, but where is it coming from and who controls what we do with it? There are some very big strings attached to this money.
Call the Public Service Commission (800-492-0474) and ask for a delay in installations. The Office of the People’s Counsel is the fox guarding the henhouse, but call them, too. Then call your utility company and opt out. I’m sure that when more people do their homework and get the facts, we will “get our power back,” no pun intended.
Lynn Beiber, Bowie