Scientists Speak About a Future with Smart Meters

Rob States is an engineer & scientist with decades of experience. He has an excellent presentation that makes it easy to understand the dangers of smart meters.

You can find the video here.

He has also written a summary of what he and other scientists have found and what the near future of a smart-meter-filled-world will look like. It’s not pretty.

Note: PG&E refers to Pacific Gas & Electric, one of the major utility companies in California. CPUC is the California Public Utilities Commission. The same smart meters and smart grid are being deployed all over the United States and the world and the effects & consequences will be the same everywhere.

Rob States writes:

Two engineers have been diligently working on Smart Meter dirty power and RF issues – the combined team possess two MS degrees from MIT, a California P.E. license (Professional Engineer’s License), and a PhD from Stanford in Electrical Engineering, Magna Cum Laude. They have been working on this nearly continuously for the last four months.

The scientific data tells us that 5% of the population will get sick immediately from RF disease, and another 10% will develop the disease over time. This means about 4.5 million people in California are potential victims.

Since individuals with no history of RF disease are experiencing symptoms the first day the meter is installed, we can assume the meter’s RF emissions are not the only problem. The RF network is activated months after initial meter installation.

Extensive measurements have demonstrated that all of the meters measured so far, including ABB, GE, and Landis Gyr, emit noise on the customer’s electric wiring in the form of high frequency voltage spikes, typically with an amplitude of 2 volts, but a frequency any ware from 4,000 Hertz, up to 60,000 Hz. The actual frequency of the phenomena is influenced by the devices that are plugged into the customer’s power. Some houses are much worse than others, and this observation has been confirmed by PG&E installers that have talked to us.

Since 85% of the population is not significantly effected by this phenomena, the knowledge about what is causing symptoms in PG&E’s customers will be slow to evolve. We expect word of mouth to be the primary information source since the media is so disconnected from this phenomena.

The scientific literature has studied microwave illness since the 1930′s when radar operators became ill. Radar equipment emits radiation that is intermittent, and recent scientific papers have increasingly reported that pulsed radiation is significantly worse than continuous radiation. Humans have been exposed to continuous microwave transmissions from radio for decades. Exposure Smart Meters presents to California citizens is new and unlike previous electromagnetic emissions.

PG&E has published none of the functional specifications of the meters now being installed, including their BLOCK DIAGRAMS, SCHEMATICS, or BILL OF MATERIALS. The scientific community has been prevented from identifying any of the design problems prior to their installations. The decisions by PG&E and the CPUC to conduct NO SAFETY STUDIES has forced them to discover the current problem after the meters have been installed and after significant capital has been invested in this project. Even a rudimentary safety test with 100 randomly selected people would have probably uncovered this problem long before its appearance in PG&E’s customer base.

The fix for preventing dirty power disease in PG&E customers is expensive. Because the dirty power must be stopped in the customer’s LOW IMPEDANCE house wiring, all of the filter components must handle high power, and therefore are expensive. Current estimates put the end customer cost at $500, and that does not include fixing dirty power interactions Smart Meter causes with devices already in the customer’s home, such as computers, FAX machines, copiers, plasma TV’s, and the like. Merely treating 15% of the California households puts the total liability for after market problems at $2B, approximately equal to the entire cost of the existing program’s roll out.

Though 15% of the population has early and obvious symptoms, a large number of microwave disease related health problems will not surface for some time. As science advances, the links between microwave disease and its sources will only improve, causing ever increasing liability for societal institutions that are responsible for the offending emissions. Though the cell phone industry has purchased immunity from liability through their extensive lobbying efforts, the experience of the tobacco and chemical industries has shown that this immunity can fade as priorities of the general population effects the political process.

Though microwave disease is not directly observed in 85% of the population, the asymptomatic effects (meaning effects that have no apparent symptoms) are well published in the scientific literature, and span a wide variety of lethal and debilitating diseases, including cancers, auto immune diseases, suicide risk, depression, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), and a host of others. Steve Job’s pancreas and liver problems are particularly conspicuous when manifested in a life long vegetarian who was chronically exposed to pulsed microwave emissions from wifi, computer power supplies, and the like. Liability for microwave diseases could explode in the future, as data in the cell phone industry already suggests.

Among the population of effected individuals, there are sure to be attorneys who are experienced in class actions suits, and who clearly recognize a $2B avoidable cost has been imposed on an unwilling public. This type of law suit has been responsible for some of the largest corporate liabilities in our civilization’s history, and has already effected PG&E and the CPUC in the past (hexavalent chrome in Hinkley CA).

Once the California real estate community becomes aware that 15% of the general population will no longer be able to live, work, or shop in their properties, the potential liability will be in the trillions of dollars, and will effect a population of wealthy individuals who have significant political influence in Sacramento. These entrepreneurs have been particularly skilled at legally punishing institutions that are responsible for declines in their asset values. In fact, the asset base of the retirement trust of Californ’a s state employees is significantly exposed to California’s real estate market.

A reasonable person could conclude that the potential liability PG&E currently faces, both immediately and in the evolving future, could be significantly larger than their asset base. Their long term survival as a corporation could be at risk, and a potential outcome could include the wholesale transfer of their asset base into receivership pending settlement of outstanding liabilities.

Legal liability could force PG&E to approach the CPUC E for a doubling of the existing utility rate. This would be a politically untenable request, and could result in the dissolution of the CPUC’s existing regulator authority.

The future for both the CPUC and PG&E is uncertain, and potentially disastrous. A prudent course would be to treat the entire Smart Grid project in California as a major risk, and to aggressively engage in damage control. Since the technology that is actively being dismantled by the CPUC and PG&E has previously demonstrated none of the current risks, an aggressive plan to offer an analog meter opt out is a prudent option. Since so much damage has already been done, there are no guarantees that even this measure will prevail.

PG&E current course of relying on PR spin has little chance of stemming the trends that have already been set in motion.

Rob States, M.S., P.E.
Chief Engineer, Wave Dry, LLC.
Corte Madera, California

**All bold emphasis is added.

The reference to Hinkley, California is the story about Erin Brokovich. PG&E let toxic chemicals into the drinking water of a town which resulted in abnormally high illness & cancer rates in the area.

From wikipedia: “Erin Brockovich, a legal clerk to lawyer Edward L. Masry, investigated illnesses in the community linked to hexavalent chromium, now recognized as a carcinogen. Her successful fight against PG&E became well known in the public’s mind, as did Hinkley when the film Erin Brockovich was released in 2000.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hinkley_groundwater_contamination

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8 Responses to Scientists Speak About a Future with Smart Meters

  1. Una St.Clair says:

    Hi Deanna – can you contact me through our website, http://www.citizensforsafetechnology.org and we will do our best to help you. We will not try to sell you anything but see what else can be done to help you reduce exposure. There are others in Oregon fighting this, and David Morrison has filed a lawsuit regarding Wi-Fi against Portland PUblic Schools. Please get in touch with me – you are not alone..

  2. Deanna Munson says:

    i can barely tolerate being in my apartment.i cannot escape the range of these meters night or day.im in tears and dont know what to do.it seems “no one else is complaining”here in oregon,and im at a loss for what to do.pge just keeps telling me they are within “legal limits”.so while i feel brain cancer being radiated in my brain theyre basicly saying sucks to be you,or treating me like im making it up.im on a fixed disability income and a housing program.i m in oregon and cant find any help.online people are trying to sell me emf/rf pendants100$and up,or protective metal shields for1200$and up.anyone know what i can do or who i can call in oregon??please?i dont have resources to move and am locked into a lease.im ready to hang myself

  3. Charyl Zehfus says:

    After my strengthened religious faith, my next best comfort since experiencing this horrible, unrecognized functional disability is that being in the first wave, I can speak out and extend a hand to those who follow as they fall ill. I will keep on singing the warning with my brother and “sister canaries in the coal mine” as long as I am able.

    • Deanna Munson says:

      can u help me?i dont know who to take my complaint to.i feel im going to die.i cannot escape this.im in beaverton oregon.please help.the whole city is on these meters.i want to die

      • Marc Boutet says:

        Hi Deanna, my daughter has pretty bad EHS symptoms as well. Had she not come down with this health concern two years ago, I probably would still not know anything about it like most everyone else. She has made some good improvements with the help of a material called argenmesh with which we have lined a hat for her, made a shirt and underwear and have a sheet for her bed which she can also take with her if she goes in the car.
        Feel free to email if you have other questions natdocs@shaw.ca.
        Hang in there, there are steps you can take.

      • Soapbox Jill says:

        Dear Deanna,
        I only just returned to this site today. Tips I know of from another great site: http://soapboxjillholdingtank.blogspot.com/2011/08/how-to-reduce-wireless-exposure-at-home.html
        Also contact webmaster at Electrical Pollution dot com – a helpful connection.
        Do you have any relatives who live away from there to move in with? Do you have a car? How about finding someplace to go in your car, a park outside of town?
        My heart and prayers are with you. I am still looking for four miles radius without a cell tower to try to move to here.
        I think of the song, “There’s a place for us” in a new way.
        take care

      • Soapbox Jill says:

        How about a church? Or a safe house for homeless (we are all on that edge)? Social services? Holistic doctors? They might know someone who could let you stay there? (except I understand the problem that all places could have these meters and cause symptoms, I am in that boat, too.)
        I wish I could help more.

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