Smart Meter Showdown Today in Texas Capital

PRESS CONFERENCE ANNOUNCED

Ban ‘smart’ meter fight goes to PUC – Public health at known risk

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

From the Office of Tom Cryer, Attorney at Law

Media inquiries for Tom Cryer: 318.797.8949

 Media inquiries for Devvy Kidd: devvyk@earthlink.net

(Austin, TX – February 22, 2012) Thousands of upset and angry citizens have been at war with Texas utility companies over installation of ‘smart’ meters on homes and businesses for the past few years. “Smart” meters are digital meters that monitor electricity use every few minutes and report that data by wireless signal to receivers and towers and, ultimately, to the electric utility. The meters are being pressed by the utilities in anticipation of charging different rates for usage at different times of the day and night, providing the utilities with a premium for peak times and increasing their profits.

Utilities also claim that the smart meters will permit them to communicate with “smart” appliances, such as air conditioners, dryers and water heaters, turning them off when demands on the system would otherwise require adjustments in electricity distribution on the grid, saving utility companies money.  Many, however, are opposed to the installation of the meters because they are a serious health risk, compromise the consumers’ privacy and provide no savings or conservation purposes.

The “smart” meters will not save the consumer any money, since he will be subjected to higher time of day based rates and to interruption of his use of appliances.  The meters will not reduce the amount of electricity a customer uses nor will it result in any savings.  Several state legislators have requested a moratorium on further installations until the meters can be tested because so many of their constituents have reported that after installation of the meters their bills suddenly became much bigger although their use of electricity did not change.

Consumers are opposed to the installation of these “smart” meters for numerous reasons, from potentially deadly radio frequency radiation to outside interference with their use of electricity to privacy.  Those opposed over the issue of privacy are concerned because wireless transmissions can be intercepted by anyone with a receiver.  One hacker recently demonstrated how he could, and did, with a $30 device readily available in the marketplace, intercept data on households at will. Consumers claim their privacy is being violated and their personal electricity consumption is now becoming someone’s paycheck.  Consumers are also concerned that thieves and burglars would have the same access to that data and would be able to determine when no one us usually at home.

However, by far and away, the biggest issue is the known health risks ignored by the utility companies and TDSPs (Transmission and Distribution Service Provider).  Devvy and John Kidd, residents of Big Spring, went nose to nose with ONCOR in July 2011, when ONCOR attempted to install a ‘smart’ meter on their home. Devvy is an investigative journalist who began researching the health risks and due to her husband’s medical issues decided to fight installation. When ONCOR decided to play hard ball by threatening to terminate power to their home, Mrs. Kidd hired constitutional law attorney, Tom Cryer, to represent her and her husband. Mr. Kidd is a retired U.S. Army Colonel and classified as medically disabled.

While state law prohibits terminating power to any home where a disabled person resides, that didn’t stop ONCOR from flipping the switch on Mr. & Mrs. Sage who live in Allen, TX. Mrs. Sage has a bad heart and due to their concern about the ‘smart’ meter, switched it out and installed a new analog meter. ONCOR, without notice, turned out the lights on January 31, 2012. The Sage’s still have no power despite making a personal plea to State Rep. Ken Paxton requesting he contact the PUC and ask them to issue an emergency order for ONCOR to restore the Sage’s power until this situation comes before the full commission.Although neither federal nor state laws make the installation of the “smart” meters mandatory, utilities and their contractors routinely tell consumers that they are required by law to accept the radiation emitting devices in their homes and businesses.  While the utilities are misrepresenting the law to consumers, utilities are not disclosing to consumers that the “smart” meters flood their homes and offices with potentially harmful radio frequency (RF) radiation and electromagnetic frequency (EMF) radiation throughout the day and night.

“After decades of study the scientific community and government health related agencies are warning people to avoid additional exposures to RF and EMF radiation because it has been linked to many ailments including minor issues, such as headaches, nausea, dizziness, to life threatening, such as heart function interference, brain function interference, jamming of pacemakers and insulin injectors, DNA disruption causing birth defects and even cancer,” Kidd said.

Despite the significant number of petitions sent to the PUC over the years, requests to have the meters removed and rallies in cities like Houston, installation of the meters and bullying by TDSP’s, the situation remains unresolved. Devvy and dozens of petitioners are now taking the fight to the Texas PUC for a formal, public hearing which will include expert witness testimony. Her lawyer, Tom Cryer, of Shreveport, LA, will file a formal petition with PUC on Thursday, February 23, 2012, at the PUC’s offices in Austin, Texas. Kidd and Cryer will submit the filing requesting an immediate moratorium on further installations and a demanding a hearing on whether the meters present an unreasonable risk to public safety, health and welfare, compromise the privacy of consumers and provide no benefit or energy savings and should be banned permanently.  Alternatively, the petition demands rules requiring full disclosure of health and safety risks prior to installation and prohibiting installation without consumers’ consent.

PRESS CONFERENCE SCHEDULED: 

All media are invited to interview Devvy Kidd and Tom Cryer at 2:00 pm in front of the TPUC building at 1701 N. Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas, Thursday, February 23, 2012.

10 responses to “Smart Meter Showdown Today in Texas Capital

  1. Since when does an entity that charges for its services want to save anyone money? Watch, they’ve be talking about “Sustainability” right and left today… trickle-up poverty makes Other People’s Money last longer.

  2. Why the hell is this administration attacking Texas? Never mind totally stupid question…..our land to ppl ratio….and I think he might be a little scared of us! Lots of privately owned land in this big state.

  3. awareness is key,fight like hek people,don’t give up-this is wrong and they know it. fight dam removals,our coal plants the dems shut down,need to be up and running again. The United Nations Agenda 21-stopped,killed,the UN forced out of the United States. Notice,Gingrich won’t say kick the UN out he say’s they need “reined in” he say’s the EPA needs cut back-NO they need abolished,they are Communist.

  4. It’s time for all of us to stand up to them. They can only beat us if we individually coward, but they can’t beat us if we stand for what is right together.

  5. SMART METERS REJECTED

    Palo Alto, the center and brain of California’s Silicon Valley, Rejects Smart Meters.

    Palo Alto spent three years studying smart meters and they determined that Smart Meter benefits are overstated and Smart Meter COSTS are greater than benefits.

    http://paloalto.patch.com/articles/no-smart-meters-for-palo-alto-before-2015

  6. SMART METER HEALTH PROBLEMS AND CANCER.

    1. SMART METERS – 100 TIMES MORE RADIATION THAN CELL PHONES.
 Video Interview: Nuclear Scientist, Daniel Hirsch, (5 minutes)

    http://stopsmartmeters.org/2011/04/20/daniel-hirsch-on-ccsts-fuzzy-math/


    2. SMART METERS – CANCER, NERVOUS SYSTEM DAMAGE, ADVERSE REPRODUCTION AFFECTS. 
Video Interview: Dr. Carpenter, New York Public Health Department, Dean of Public Health, (2 minutes)
    
http://emfsafetynetwork.org/?p=39461

    3. The NATIONAL ACADEMY OF ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE Calls for Halt To Smart Meters in Homes and Schools.

    http://electromagnetichealth.org/electromagnetic-health-blog/halt-smart-meters/

    4. The WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION May 31 2011 placed the Non-ionizing radiation coming from Wireless Smart Meters (& some other wireless devices) on the Class 2-B CARCINOGEN LIST.

    http://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/pr/2011/pdfs/pr208_E.pdf

    5. The NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH Feb 2011 found biological changes in the brain after only minutes of exposure to non-ionizing radiation.

    http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/305/8/808.abstract

    6. LABORATORY SCIENTISTS have observed

    (1) Human Cell Damage

    (2) DNA Chain Breaks
    
(3) Breaches in the Blood-Brain Barrier

    from levels of non-ionizing radiation lower than emitted by WIRELESS Smart meters.

    http://electromagnetichealth.org/electromagnetic-health-blog/cc-video/

    7. INSURANCE COMPANIES won’t insure smart meters due to biological damage seen by scientists they hired. 
 TV Video (3 minutes)

    http://eon3emfblog.net/?p=382


    Cell Phone use and other devices are Voluntary and can be shut off at the user’s discretion, but Smart meters mounted on homes are emitting radiation 24/7 and can not be shut off.

    PG$E, California’s Utility Monopoly, recently admitted that each smart meter transmits radiation between 10,000 & 190,000 times each day.

    This corrects previous false statements repeated often by utility companies across the country.


    NOTE: many of the tests on non-ionizing radiation (the type of radiation emitted by smart meters) have been done using devices other than smart meters because smart meters have only been in people’s homes for a very short time.

    But as a Wireless smart meter emits 100 times more radiation than a cell phone, it is not difficult to project. If a machine gun (smart meter) fires 100 bullets in the same time that a pistol (cell phone) fires one bullet, it is not difficult to project the harm that the machine gun can do, even if the tests were done with the pistol.

  7. Im in michigan, and they are trying to get them on our houses here too, but the people have had enough and are saying NO! AND WE HAVE A BILL ON THE FLOOR HB5411!!! and we are pushing our reps to something to do something. so please contact your legislative! please visit http://www.w4ar.com pauline holeton

  8. TAKE OUR COUNTRY BACK NOW!!!!!!!! http://WWW.W4AR.COM IS IN THE FIGHT IN MICHIGAN! AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO FIGHT! PAULINE HOLETON. PLEASE POST OUR SITE!!!

  9. Geoffrey Franklin of the Finn family

    Of course Devvy would hire Crier. They both cover up the sovereignty issue. Hey Devvy, how is that maniac Jeff Rense today?

  10. Smart Meters – something to be afraid of? http://www.squidoo.com/beware-of-smart-meters

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