Eagle Forum Legislative Alerts

Monday, November 15, 2010


By Jerome R. Corsi, Ph.D.

California installing millions of smart meters

As Red Alert has previously warned, the energy police are about to invade your home with "smart meters," new electronic/Internet based devices that determine precisely how much energy you are using.

While the devices are being sold as energy-saving tools, the technology also gives the energy police the ability to shut you off or charge you additional if you refuse to install energy saving measures demanded by green ideologues and enforced by utility companies doing their bidding.

The California Public Utilities Commission, or CPUC, has given permission to deploy an Advanced Meter Infrastructure project that will upgrade both metering and communications software to install 5.1 million electricity meters and 4.2 million natural gas meters in homes in the Pacific Gas & Electricity in California.

Tea party fights back

Orlean Koehle, an active tea-party member and a member of the Sonoma County Republican Central Committee, has begun to fight back.

"What is a smart meter?" Koehle asks. "It is one that contains RF (radio frequency) so that it can be remotely controlled and read. No longer will a meter reader have to come to your home to read the meter. It will all be done remotely."

What is the concern about the energy police?

"When all is in place, the smart meter will not only keep track of how much electricity you are using, but it will be able to control, regulate, and ration your use of that electricity," she wrote. "If 'big brother' decides that you are using too much heat in the winter time, or too much air conditioning in the summer time, or using too much hot water in your showers or washing machine (even if you are willing to pay for that extra usage), the use of power will be automatically turned down."

Koehle's not only concerned that green bureaucrats want to impose their global warming agenda on a free marketplace, but that in the future no one will be able to avoid the coming ideologically driven intrusion into our homes.

Pretty soon, Koehle warns, all appliances will be replaced with those containing RF chips.

She points out that one California customer called to find out why rates had gone up such that his electric bill was much higher with the smart meter installed, only to be told by PG&E that he was washing his clothes or using his air conditioning at "peak time," so he would have to pay "peak rates."

"If he wanted to save money, then he could wash his clothes in the middle of the night or use his air conditioner then (when he really didn't need it anymore because the temperature is cooler)," she wrote.

Google gets into the act

If you thought Google was just a harmless Internet search engine, think again.

Named the "Google PowerMeter," the software is intended to measure the precise amount of energy a house consumes and provide an accounting that lists by household location and device that consumes the electricity.

As a result, the Google PowerMeter will provide utilities and any government regulators who care the access the data complete information on a household's energy footprint and carbon footprint.

An easy next step would be for government regulators to demand more household energy efficiency or a reduction in carbon emissions, with the result that "energy offenders" could be charged substantial fines, with the possibility that the truly recalcitrant could be deemed "energy criminals" subject to severe consequences.

As always, government extermination of civil liberties first arrives with a helping hand.

Google boasts its PowerMeter will make it possible for households to "make informed choices about electricity" by providing home energy consumers with detailed household "personal energy information" that will allow consumers to save up to 15 percent on their monthly energy bill.

"Even greater savings are possible if you use this information to see the value of retiring your old refrigerator, installing a new air conditioner or insulating your home," Google writes.

Billing the effort as "energy technology meets information technology," or "ET meets IT" in Google-speak, the goal is to monitor home-by-home energy consumption of every home in the nation, calculating as a byproduct the likely carbon footprint of the household.

The courts will probably already have determined that a generous reading of the "general welfare" clause of the Constitution authorizes the federal government to enforce energy efficiency standards on homes, much like the federal government enforces energy efficiency standards on cars and trucks.

Besides, the Supreme Court has already expanded the government's eminent domain privileges to authorize confiscation of your private property on pretexts of the common good so numerous and loosely defined that energy offenders might risk loss of their homes if they refused to comply with government energy dictates.

Still, Google insists, "At Google, we're helping enable a future where access to personal electricity information helps everyone make smarter energy choices."

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jerome R. Corsi received a Ph.D. from Harvard University in political science in 1972. He is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling books THE OBAMA NATION: LEFTIST POLITICS AND THE CULT OF PERSONALITY and the co-author of UNFIT FOR COMMAND: SWIFT BOAT VETERANS SPEAK OUT AGAINST JOHN KERRY. He is also the author of AMERICA FOR SALE, THE LATE GREAT U.S.A., and WHY ISRAEL CAN'T WAIT. Currently, Dr. Corsi is a Senior Managing Director in the Financial Services Group at Gilford Securities as well as a senior staff writer for WorldNetDaily.com.

Source:  TheCypressTimes.com

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