1) We’ve known for years that smeters gather data not needed for billing. That was one of the major points we argued before BCUC. Smeters provide usage patterns from which others are able to tell when you are away, when you go to sleep, etc. But they will get even more invasive when ZigBee chips (a second transmitter) in the ITRON smeters are activated. These will gather information from any ‘smart’ device in the home and communicate it wirelessly via the internet, the cloud, possibly to third parties without telling us or getting our permission.
We really don’t know if BC Hydro and FortisBC have activated the ZigBee chips. As far as I know, there is nothing that prevents them from doing so except for those who are paying to have the transmitter turned off. Part of the negotiation process back 10 years ago, which was included in the Electrical Tariff, was that all transmitters are disabled for those opting out. For others, perhaps asking BC Hydro/FortisBC is a good idea, and if they say they haven’t activated them, ask when they plan on doing so.
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Smart Meters — The Household Device That Spies on You 24/7
The data from smart meters reveal far more than you might think — and could even be used against you to control your individual energy use or, one day, to help ensure “net zero” compliance.
“Many people have embraced the convenience of wireless devices in their homes, but these devices come at a price — your privacy and your health.
With each smart device that you welcome to your home — such as connected alarm clocks, vehicles, refrigerators and doorbells — another layer of your personal life is revealed and your health is sabotaged by EMFs….
Secondly these companies can sell this information of our daily lives for data mining and advertising. It is disturbing at so many levels but these little surveillance units are being implemented across the country without the public’s consent and in many cases without their knowledge of being installed.”
Re. smeters with transmitters disabled, a member said that BC Hydro sent someone to “upgrade” her opted-out smeter, and he wouldn’t say what the upgrade was. Has anyone else had such a visit? It may be that a new model smeter was installed since these smeters have a very short lifespan of 5-7 years.
If anyone has any info please email me at: email@example.com with “smeter upgrade” on the subject line.
2) Pilots, both commercial and military, are exposed to very high levels of radiation in their cockpits which are, in essence, Faraday cages. Cars are smaller, perhaps presently less intense, versions of cockpits, also Faraday cages. But levels of microwave radiation will increase as more wireless technology is installed.
Are Air Force Pilots’ Cancer Cases Linked To Cockpit Radiation? Calls Rise For Studies
“At next week’s annual symposium for the Society of Experimental Test Pilots Colonel Dan “Animal” Javorsek will give a presentation on the relationship between exposure to radar, avionics and other emissions in the cockpits of fighter aircraft and a rising incidence of cancers among active and retired Air Force pilots….
Researchers tracked the health of approximately 35,000 active-duty airmen who flew fighter jets between 1970 and 2004, concluding they are at higher risk of developing prostate cancer and melanoma, with possible links to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and testicular cancer.”
3) Lithium batteries have many problems, such as they’re combustible if they become hot or get wet and disposal is difficult and can cause great environmental harm. Lithium batteries are in smeters, cellphones, and most wireless devices — as well as electric cars. Options are being developed, but with the number of lithium batteries already in use, this problem is not going away for many years.
Solutions Needed for 6+ Million EV Battery Packs That Will Be Retired by 2030; “handling lithium batteries is a serious subject”
“Due to the potentially dangerous chemistry of lithium-ion EV units, concrete solutions are needed before an avalanche of dead battery packs ends up sitting around and waiting for recycling like ticking time bombs.”
Sharon Noble, Director, Coalition to Stop Smart Meters/Citizens for Safer Tech
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