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Fri Nov 4 2011PG&E Begins Removing 'Smart' Meters Due to Health Effects
Fri Nov 4 2011Widening Call Across State for Return of Analog Meters
Santa Cruz, Calif. — Just as PG&E enters the final phase of its deployment of wireless “smart” meters in California, the largest of the state’s Investor Owned Utilities (IOU’s) has reversed course, quietly beginning to replace the ‘smart’ meters of those reporting health impacts with the old analog version. Consumer rights and health groups immediately seized on the news, demanding that millions of Californians unhappy with their new wireless meters get their analogs returned immediately at no cost.
‘Smart’ meters are new wireless utility meters being installed as part of the “smart” grid initiative, spearheaded by technology firms and backed by the Obama administration and the Department of Energy. Promises ranging from lower utility bills to enhanced renewable generation capacity have failed to materialize, with widespread reports of higher bills, privacy violations, fires and explosions, and commonly reported health impacts such as headaches, nausea, tinnitus, and heart problems associated with powerful wireless transmissions. Widely disparate political groups — from members of the Green Party to the Tea Party and Occupy protesters have attacked the program, and dozens of grassroots organizations have sprouted up over the past several months to fight what they call an undemocratic, unconstitutional and dangerous assault on people in their own homes and neighborhoods. Dozens of people have been detained or arrested for peaceful civil disobedience and even simply speaking out against deployments.
Read more | Stop Smart Meters! | previous coverage: “Wise Up to ‘Smart’ Meters” Emergency Santa Cruz Townhall Forum
Rally and Protest at Driscoll's Berry Store and Distribution Center Saturday Sep 24th 10:25 PM
Health Watchdog Sues Dow for Pesticide Air Pollution Saturday Sep 24th 12:07 PM
10/24 Voter Reg Deadline; 10/10 Starts Vote by Mail, Voter Guides for Cal & SF Now Online (1 comment) Saturday Sep 24th 5:26 AM
ACLU Stands with Standing Rock Friday Sep 23rd 11:39 PM
Interrupting Surveillance in the Bay Area and Beyond Friday Sep 23rd 10:47 AM
Familias Unidas por la Justicia Announce Next Steps after Historic Win Thursday Sep 22nd 8:26 PM
Benecia, California Votes Unanimously to Deny Crude by Rail Facility (1 comment) Thursday Sep 22nd 4:50 PM
Analysis: Monterey County Crude Worse for Climate Than Alberta Tar Sands Oil Wednesday Sep 21st 12:29 PM
No DAPL Call for Support! Help Luta today! Tuesday Sep 20th 5:19 PM
We Clarify and Reiterate the Driscoll’s Boycott is in Full Force Tuesday Sep 20th 12:30 PMMore Local News...
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San Diego Violates Fluoridation Law, Legal Action Taken (2 comments) Tuesday Sep 20th 4:54 AM
College seeks input form Native American community Friday Sep 16th 4:58 PM
Is Wells Fargo an on-going criminal enterprise? (4 comments) Monday Sep 12th 6:08 AM
Lawsuit Filed to Protect Sea Life From Ocean Acidification, Climate Change Thursday Sep 8th 4:49 PM
Senator Ben Allen Nominated for Presidential Champions of Change Award Thursday Sep 1st 8:33 AM
WW CA Farmworkers Getting 8 Hour Day & Attacks On Workers Comp By DIR and Governor Brown (1 comment) Wednesday Aug 31st 8:28 PM
Lawsuit Launched Over California Cities' Killing of Threatened Santa Ana Suckers Monday Aug 22nd 4:29 PM
Justice For CTC Whistleblower Kathleen Carroll-Statement At Sacramento Trial (1 comment) Tuesday Aug 9th 9:56 PM
Millions of Acres of Forest Will Remain Protected for Marbled Murrelets in WA, OR, CA Wednesday Aug 3rd 3:37 PM
Fired CTC Whistleblower Kathleen Carroll's Lawyer Dan Siegel On Retaliation Witnesses (1 comment) Tuesday Aug 2nd 7:55 AMMore Global News...
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How messed up is California’s charter school sector? You won’t believe how much. Friday Sep 9th 9:20 AM
Marcus Mosiah Garvey Birthday Celebration ~ Sacramento, CA Saturday Aug 13th 12:11 PM
California State Legislature debates the Negro Exclusion Bill ~ Juneteenth 2016 Tuesday Jun 14th 10:28 PM
Justin Vineyards criticized for clear-cutting oaks (2 comments) Saturday Jun 11th 4:06 PM
6/7/16 End of Act 1 of Staged Presidential Election Wednesday Jun 8th 6:48 AM
Soldier Victims Of Illegal Immoral Wars Promoted By Hillary Clinton Saturday Jun 4th 10:55 AM
Obama Administration Reportedly Lifting Moratorium on California Offshore Fracking Friday May 27th 2:57 PM
US Encirclement of Russia Accelerates; 5/23/16 Voter Reg Deadline for 6/7/16 Election Wednesday May 18th 9:10 PM
Men with "gender identity" problems are not safe for women & girls (1 comment) Wednesday May 18th 12:59 AM
Animal Activist Marcy Winograd wins freedom of speech appeal Monday May 9th 6:59 PMOpen Newswire...
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