The newly crafted smart grid failed us. This was predicted. These blackouts will continue and may even affect the entire nation in the near future. The CPUC and AZ PUC (state regulators) are guaranteed to cover it up; they don't want bad press on smart grid problems.
Make no mistake, this is a serious failure of the newly developing smart grid—experts have heavily criticized its insecurities. Our national security is being risked with the interconnectivity of the grid, which easily fails like a stack of dominoes, with one event. Conducting a search on smart grid and security issues will readily bring up information about these criticisms that have been swept under the rug by bureaucrats and utilities alike.
I am interested in knowing what the documentable costs of the blackout were:
A. How many people got hurt and died as a result of the blackout? I ask the Patch editors and other members of the press to please look into this. The ways they may have been hurt, at minimum:
1. Traffic accidents
2. Other accidents
3. Failure of life-supporting equipment
B. Also, the financial cost for consumers.
1. Spoiled food: I know that people had to throw out what was in their refrigerators. Yesterday, that cost me $50 and I am not done. It will run up to $100. Multiply that times the number of households affected.
2. Other costs: People had to leave their cars, had them towed, that costs. etc.
3. Losses to business : Those with refrigerated items that spoiled—restaurants, markets, grocery stores; businesses that had to shut down.
This was no small thing and had no small consequence. It is but practice for living with the experimental, dangerous, risk-ridden "not-so-smart" grid, conceived of by "not-so-smart" bureaucrats, public utility commissions and utilities.
We will ultimately be hooked, with our “smart” grid, up to all nations, including China and Russia. The equipment is often made in China. We will be totally dependent on the other nations — they (and terrorists) can set our whole country up for power failure through events in their countries and/or hacking into our new, interconnected system. It is a very dumb plan and we saw the results (just a peek) this week.
There are billions to be made with the smart grid so the utilities and their institutional cronies such as the California State Regulatory Commission have been covering up and trying to shut down any bad press and protesting citizens.
The national authorities have their heads in the sand, as they have financed these mistakes with Recovery Act funding, to the tune of many billions. The White House has named establishment of the smart grid as a high priority. Complaints fall on deaf ears all around.
In addition to that, the smart meters (new utility meters on our homes and businesses, part of the new grid) are a menace to public health, and are making people sick from the RF radiation they emit. The La Mesa Patch has carried a series of articles on these issues in San Diego County, recently.
Our organization, Center for Electrosmog Prevention (CEP), a national nonprofit based in La Mesa, CA, along with a number of others throughout the state and nation, is fighting the mistakes in the national smart grid plan. Visit our websites, www.electrosmogprevention.org , www.smartmeterdangers.org and http://www.scribd.com/SusanBrinchman for a collection of info to help you understand the dangers and especially:
If citizens wish to have a secure, safe country to live in, we need to take action. Relying on our dysfunctional government agencies is not going to work in this instance. Organize and join concerned groups, write and call your legislators and all elected officials, attend meetings, research the problems yourself, inform all you communicate with. For if we don't, these mistakes will only increase, exponentially. The public health, safety, and security of the nation is at risk. Concentrating only on our daily activities is not going to solve these emerging energy-related problems. Take action!
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Southern Californians Against Smart Meters (SCASM)
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Smart Meter Nightmare #2: San Diego man sick from bank of smart meters
Smart Meter Nightmare #3: East County Woman and Pet Sick, Begging for Help http://lamesa.patch.com/blog_posts/smart-meter-nightmare-3-east-county-woman-and-pet-sick-begging-for-help#c
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Smart Meter Nightmare #5: Senior Citizen Replaces Smart Meter With Analog http://lamesa.patch.com/blog_posts/smart-meter-nightmare-5-senior-citizen-replaces-smart-meter-with-analog#comments
Message for SDG&E: Allow Opt-outs from Smart Meters
How to Opt-Out of Take Action: How to Opt Out of Radiation-Emitting Smart Meters
Open Letter to the La Mesa City Council: Tell SDG&E to Stop the Smart Meters