In 2013, the PBS Newshour did a piece entitled “California Activists Want Smart Meters Banned, Claim They’re Bad for Health.” SkyVision Solutions reviewed the PBS video and found it to be a good example of smart grid misinformation, propaganda, spin, and dogma.
Below is an edited version of an excerpt from the PBS video with appropriate commentary provided through the use of captions.
[The above video is presented in the public’s interest and contains material used pursuant to the Fair Use Doctrine under 17 U.S.C.]
The above video shows a collusion among the various smart grid industry participants, in this case, the California Public Utilities Commission, the Pacific Gas & Electric utility, and the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST). They are all selling the same “snake oil.”
The report released by the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) in 2011, entitled, “Health Impacts of Radiofrequency from Smart Meters,” is often parroted by other smart grid-related organizations. In fact, the CCST report drew most of its information from Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) documentation. We thus have an endless chain of self-reinforcing dogma which reflects little concern for public health and welfare.
The CCST report even contained a statement which inferred a considerable degree of scientific bias where it stated that the CCST review team “privileged those studies” that contained a “finding [that] is generally accepted by a relevant scientific community.” Who is “relevant”? Essentially whomever the CCST review team deemed appropriate. By design, this criterion made it impossible for emerging scientific studies to influence the final conclusions of the report. Also, why limit the scope of review to scientific information on an issue such as health where the “medical community” may have significant “relevant” input?
Just recently (January 2014) in Australia , the Energy Minister stated that:
“I think the best way forward is to get a third party to do the audit and show once and for all that smart meters are safe.”
One can only conclude that the above quotation perfectly fits the context of what the California Public Utilities Commission wanted from the CCST back in 2011.