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1) Health Canada is recalling USB chargers that pose fire risks. What about smeters??
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USB charger fire danger
“Health Canada is warning it has discovered numerous unsafe USB chargers during a national assessment of products on the market and a recall has been issued affecting more than 1.5 million units.
The federal agency has released a list of more than two dozen chargers that “pose an unacceptable risk of electric shock and fire.”
Consumers are advised to stop using the products immediately and either return them or throw them away.”
Health Canada accepts complaints about dangerous or fire hazards ONLY if they are consumer products. That means owned by consumers.
Report health or safety concerns
Health Canada advises consumers to check the Government of Canada’s Recalls and Safety Alerts website regularly for any recalled products and to report any consumer product-related health or safety concerns.
Health Canada/Consumer Affairs told me they would not consider complaints about smeters because the utilities own them.
This is ridiculous. In the USA, Consumer Affairs accepts complaints about any device used by consumers. This could be a good topic to contact your MP about. Why is the smeter not considered worthy of investigation just because BC Hydro owns it? It is on our homes, not on BC Hydro’s poles. The normal practice would be for BCUC to lead such an investigation, but when they refuse (see response to my Fire Report [https://stopsmartmetersbc.com/bcuc-smart-meter-fires-report-july-2017/]) or are unable to do so because of the law, e.g. Clean Energy Act, we have no recourse.
2) Many who are concerned about climate change support the smeters, despite being aware of their many problems, because they have been fooled into believing the industry’s misrepresentations that these smeters help reduce greenhouse emissions. A study done at McMaster University shows that these wireless devices consume more energy and contribute to global warming, just the opposite than the industry claims.
Please consider sending these articles to your MLAs and MPs, Email addresses are on our website www.stopsmartmetersbc.com under “CONTACT” [https://stopsmartmetersbc.com/contact/]. It’s up to us to educate our “leaders”.
Assessing ICT global emissions footprint: Trends to 2040 & recommendations
“In light of the concerted efforts to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions (GHGE) per the so-called Paris Agreement, the Information and Communication Industry (ICT) has received little attention as a significant contributor to GHGE and if anything is often highly praised for enabling efficiencies that help reduce other industry sectors footprint…
We have found that, if unchecked, ICT GHGE relative contribution could grow from roughly 1–1.6% in 2007 to exceed 14% of the 2016-level worldwide GHGE by 2040, accounting for more than half of the current relative contribution of the whole transportation sector. Our study also highlights the contribution of smart phones and shows that by 2020, the footprint of smart phones alone would surpass the individual contribution of desktops, laptops and displays.”
Smartphones are a major contributor to increasing global warming primarily because they are being replaced every 2 years. Like these phones, smeters have to be replaced every 5-7 years, new plastic, new lithium batteries, plus the disposal of the old ones. Millions of lithium batteries – where do they go? The environment will suffer mightily, in so many ways, from these unnecessary, dangerous gadgets.
How smartphones are heating up the planet
“In absolute values, emissions caused by smartphones will jump from 17 to 125 megatons of CO2 equivalent per year (Mt-CO2e/yr) in that time span, or a 730 per cent growth.
The lion’s share of this footprint (85 to 95 per cent) will be caused not by the use of the device, but rather by its production.
That includes, in addition to the manufacturing energy, the energy for material mining for gold and the so-called rare-earth elements like yttrium, lanthanium and several others that today are almost exclusively available only from China.
Want to help combat climate change? Stop replacing your phone every two years.
Another guilty participant in this excessive carbon footprint are the phone plans that encourage users to get a new smartphone every two years. That accelerates the rate at which older models become obsolete and leads to an extraordinary and unnecessary amount of waste.”
3) In the USA, more rejections of applications for (micro)cell towers. A lively debate in Monterey, California is one of the most recent. We CAN and MUST do this here. We need to organize just as we did for the smeter moratorium.
Small Cell Towers nixed in 7-hour Monterey Planning Commission meeting
“In a 7-hour marathon Planning Commission meeting Thursday evening, commissioners overruled staff and voted 7-0 to deny telecom giant Verizon’s application for a small cell tower in the Monte Vista neighborhood of Monterey. The meeting, held in City Council chambers, lasted from 6 pm Thursday to 1 am Friday morning.”
An update from a concerned colleague in the USA who is encouraging those in New York to support the call for it to be killed there, too.
“Georgia just killed their 5G bill TODAY on a vote.
Maryland tabled theirs last week.
They join California in saying no to gutting local planning and zoning.
5G bills superceding local planning and zoning have passed in Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas and Virginia.
A bill is pending in Michigan.
The New York Senate and New York Assembly have taken it out of their budgets. The final budget to be merged with Cuomo will be reported out by April 1st. It is highly likely that the proposal will be gone from the merged budget.”
4) A terrific article by Catherine Frompovich in which she expresses the outrage that we all feel. Why is our health, and that of our children and future generations, allowed to be put at risk for the sake of corporate profit? It is shameful. Only our outrage, directed at those responsible in the corporate sector (stop buying their products) and the politicians (protest and then vote them out if they won’t join us) will force change.
Why Are Aggressive Brain Tumors On The Rise In England? How About USA?
“The above information indicates a global “phenomenon,” not an anomaly! It’s time the U.S. Federal Communication Commission, Health and Human Services, the EPA, and the U.S. Congress WAKE up to what’s going on and stop the new “pandemic”!
It’s truly shameful, and possibly criminal, we have the current pandemic of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affecting one in 42 boys in the USA [one in 68 statistically for USA], with other countries reporting the following statistics:
Japan: 161 cases per 10,000 children studied
UK-England: 94 cases per 10,000 children studied
Sweden: 72 cases per 10,000 children studied
Denmark: 68 cases per 10,000 children studied
USA: 66 cases per 10,000 children studied
Canada: 65 cases per 10,000 children studied
Australia: 45 cases per 10,000 children studied
Brazil: 27 cases per 10,000 children studied
Hong Kong, SAR of China: 17 cases per children studied
Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters
The only thing green about smart meters (and wireless technology) is the money going into the corporate pockets.