|Smart Meter debate in cohousing list||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: ehrbar (ehrbargreenhouse.economics.utah.edu)|
|Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2011 07:40:21 -0700 (PDT)|
I live in cohousing, which is a condominium where we take co-operation seriously. It is the best place you can imagine for raising children. Most cohousers nationwide are "pwogressives" but they are not immune to the deny and delay propaganda of the Fossil industries either. The national cohousing mailing list had a heated debate about the Smart Grid. Some cohousers don't like Smart Meters because of the microwave radiation from the data transmission. Here is what I wrote them: Valerie, who is opposed to the smart grid because of the microwave radiation from the wireless data transmissions, writes: > Should we exchange a fossil-fueled world for a radiated > one? Is this progress? Valerie, you meant this as a rhetorical question, but I'd like to answer you anyway: This would be immense progress. Don't get me wrong. I don't like our radiated world either. I don't own a cell phone. But the fossil-fueled world is millions of times worse than a world bathed in cell phone and wireless radiation. A fossil-fueled world means not just a higher incidence of brain tumors but it means that most our children and grandchildren will be dead by the end of the century, and the rest of them will lead short and brutish lives, fighting storms, famines, diseases, and each other, in a hostile world to which humans and many other life forms on which we depend are no longer adapted. Mouse and elephant are walking over a wooden bridge. Mouse says to the elephant: "listen how much noise we are making." The "noise" from wireless transmissions is much much smaller than the "noise" from fossil fuel combustion. > Smart Grid profits flow into the same pockets as Big Oil > profits. The enemies of the Smart Grid are primarily the Electric Utilities and Big Coal and Nuclear interests. They want to make profits the old way, as vertically integrated energy supply monopolies. Even the Appliance companies are up in arms against smart appliances because this affects the consumer's experience when they use their appliances. I couldn't believe my ears when I heard this. Sure, they could be making profits with the smart grid too, but this would require a new business model, new technologies, new everything for them. They don't want to give up the steady income guaranteed by regulation which they enjoy now. It makes me want to vomit witnessing that they prefer to sacrifice our (and their own) grandchildrens' lives rather than adapt their business model to the new realities. In my book they are criminal organizations. Hans Wasatch Commons in Salt Lake City, Utah, where an organic farmer farming 1 acre of adjacent land just joined the community, and we are no longer so nice but starting to get mean with the freeriders in our midst.
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