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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

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(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.
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Texas Ablaze

This is the view of the terrible wildfires sweeping Texas, as seen from the International Space Station.

Beginning a week ago, blustering wind whipped up by Tropical Storm Lee swept across parched, drought-stricken Texas, sparking more than 190 wildfires. The worst of the fires has consumed more than 34,000 acres 30 miles southeast of Austin.

The number of homes destroyed has risen to 1,554 and is expected to further increase as firefighters enter more areas where the blaze has been extinguished, officials said Sunday. Seventeen people remain unaccounted for.

It’s difficult for most folks to really understand the scope of the crisis. Texas has suffered from a significant lack of rain all summer; 81% of the state’s land is listed as “exceptional drought” on the U.S. Drought Monitor’s scale. That makes conditions perfect for a terrifying blaze.

Source: http://forestry.about.com/od/forestfire/tp/wildfire_maps.htm

The video taken by the International Space Station helps us to better understand the scope. You can clearly make out the smoke plumes where they rise above Texas. The size of these fires is just that much more mind-boggling when you consider how visible they are from space.

Mercy, God! Have mercy on the innocent suffering wildlife and the humans who were made in your image….

~Eowyn

Fusion Centers – Warm & Fuzzy?

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