Worcester, MA City Council Committee Requests “Smart Grid” Delay

WORCESTER, Massachusetts — A Worcester City Council subcommittee is calling for a one-year postponement in National Grid’s “smart grid” pilot program.

This article and video will demonstrate that the utility company doesn’t care about the canary in the coal mine … or anybody else.

The Canary in the Coal MineThe three member Public Service and Transportation Committee unanimously voted Wednesday night to ask National Grid, the state Department of Public Utilities and the city Zoning Board of Appeals to consider a one-year delay in the installation of any more smart meters and the construction of any communications towers associated with the program.  Committee members argued that a postponement is warranted because there are too many unanswered questions related to public health, security and privacy associated with the smart meter/grid program.

District 5 Councilor Gary Rosen, who requested the delay, said National Grid would do the city and its residents well by “slowing down” the program so the council and city officials could have time to further look into issues that have been raised.  “National Grid should slow down the program,” Mr. Rosen said.  “It’s like when you go back to the old mines, the canary in the mines.  If they [the miners] looked over and the canary was dead, they knew there was something wrong.  We’ve got some guinea pigs in this system already.  People are saying smart meters are causing health issues.  Do what’s right and look at all the concerns that people have.  Take a year off.  You are trying to ram this down our throats.”

“Back in the 1950s, the tobacco industry told Congress there was no health impact from smoking, but look what ended up happening,” said Councilor-at-Large Konstantina B. Lukesshe.  “I feel the same way when it comes to smart meters; there’s simply not enough data to answer serious questions that have been raised.”

After being presented with a long list of smart grid-related issues and concerns, a National Grid representative at the meeting stated,  “All those points you made, we have looked at the information that’s been put in front of us, and if there was any validity, we would have addressed it.”

Notice the language used by the utility representative about looking at information “put in front of us,” as if the utility is being fed information from an outside source to rubber stamp and not actually seriously evaluating concerns that are raised.

For those who have a few minutes, watch the edited video provided below that shows a passionate plea on smart meter-related issues by a City Councilor, followed by a bureaucratic  and disingenuous response that the utility would have addressed any points that had “validity.” [highly recommended video]

At one point in the above video clip, Councilor Rosen speaks about how 50% of the experts think smart meters are great, and 50% of the experts think they are not so great.  What the Councilor doesn’t happen to mention is that most “experts” who support smart meters are either on the industry’s payroll directly or have some other political or financial connection with the smart grid or telecommunications industry, such as through industry sponsored research or government grants.

Source for News Story:  The Worcester Telegram & Gazette Corp. and City of Worcester Video on Demand (VOD).

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4 Responses to Worcester, MA City Council Committee Requests “Smart Grid” Delay

  1. Kate Reese Hurd says:

    Dr. Palls’ presentation, Feb 24, 2014, YouTube was relocated from the address I gave before. Here is an alternative: “Wireless Radiation Produces Health Effects by Activation of Voltage-Gated Calcium Channels”, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zf3ayl6c4Yw, 14:51 min. Be sure to click the ‘gear’ icon and max out the resolution to see the charts clearly.
    In Dr. Martin Pall’s paper, PDF, “Microwave Electromagnetic Fields Act by Activating Voltage-Gated Calcium Channels: Why the Current International Safety Standards Do Not Predict Biological Hazard”, he wrote, “EMFs Act by Activating of Voltage-Gated Calcium Channels (VGCCs).” He reports a fact; not a maybe. It is likely that there are other avenues whereby EMFs, WiFi, are producing the effects that people are in fact experiencing, but this much is established concerning their activation of the VGCCs.
    Pall wrote, “The author [himself] showed in a recent review (7), that in 2 dozen studies, EMF effects on cells and organisms could be blocked by calcium channel blockers, agents that block voltage-gated calcium channels (VGCCs; also known as voltage-operated, voltage-dependent or voltage-regulated calcium channels). In each of these two dozen studies, all [ALL] of the measured effects were greatly lowered by the calcium channel blockers, suggesting that activation of these channels is responsible for most if not all of the EMF effects (7). In most but not all cases, it was L-type VGCCs that were primarily involved.” Clearly there are different types of VGCCs and as regards the precise biological effects and the range of effects being seen and experienced relative to EMF exposures, these types and effects need more research and elaboration; but the fact of EMF activating key regulatory features via the VGCCs throughout the body is not in question. Hence, about the scope and nature of the effects and ramifications of this VGCC activation Dr. Pall wrote, “Activation of these channels is thought to produce most biological effects through increases in intracellular calcium levels.” He then lays out the biochemistry of the possible pathways ensuing from this intracellular rise in calcium, both as it comes about normals for regulation of functions and when turned on arbitrarily, hyper-activated by abnormal factors such as by EMFs.
    It is notable that people born with the genetic condition of Timothy’s Syndrome suffer from hyper-activation of these VGCCs. As Dr. Pall indicated in his presentation to the Oregon State House of Rep. Health Care Committee, these people manifest the range of Autism Spectrum Disorder symptoms and tend to die of sudden cardiac arrest. The administration of calcium channel blockers figures in the treatment of Timothy Syndrome, though these drugs themselves also pose risks. I think that it is more than just academically interesting that the symptoms of autism spectrum arise in Timothy’s Syndrome from the known hyper-activation of the VGCCs, and that both this VGCC activation, which just as the activation by EMF in the 2 dozen studies Dr. Pall reports, can be quelled by calcium channel blockers. (He says he’s working on a paper on autism.)
    In my opinion this disruption to key cellular and biological functions is more than enough to stop us in our tracks and force retreat from this. We have proceeded blindly with WiFi and this path is dangerous. As I wrote before, Europe is smelling the coffee and waking up. We need to do the same. We don’t need to run into a tree to know that we’re off the road. The signs are clear. Four public libraries in Paris plus their National Library have removed WiFi, just for instance. This wasn’t some whim and they aren’t alone in what they do. http://lavieverte.wordpress.com/2008/05/23/public-libraries-in-paris-shut-down-wifi-in-response-to-health-worries/ See again http://www.cellphonetaskforce.org/?page_id=128.
    footnote: (7) Pall ML 2013 Electromagnetic fields act via activation of voltage-gated calcium channels to produce beneficial or adverse effects. J Cell Mol Med 17:958-965.

  2. Kate Reese Hurd says:

    [Editor’s Note: Dr. Pall’s recent paper in 2013 generally concludes that properties of voltage-gated calcium channels may provide biophysically plausible mechanisms for EMF biological effects. Dr. Pall makes a compelling argument, but SkyVision Solutions is awaiting statements from other independent experts such as those from the BioInitiative Working Group that they concur with Dr. Pall’s findings, … before making conclusions like “it is confirmed.”]

    Breaking scientific news on WiFi. The main bioactive mechanism triggered by wireless WiFi has been identified: It activates the voltage-gated calcium channels that governs all kinds of functions in the body. Here’s my Letter to the Editor that explains and directs reader to a YouTube on it.

    We ARE harming each other with WiFi 
        It is confirmed.  The main mechanism is now known whereby WiFi emissions interfere big time with our biology and with that of animals, the birds and bees.  WiFi causes trouble by activating the “Voltage-Gated Calcium Channels” or VGCCs located in cells throughout the body.  VGCCs regulate myriad functions and this explains the scope and seriousness of ill effects from WiFi exposures.  Here’s the starter list: Oxidative stress, breaks in cellular DNA, cancer, male and female infertility, blood-brain barrier breakdown, loss of melatonin, insomnia, autism spectrum disorder, heart arrhythmias, tachycardia, sudden cardiac arrest.  
        Search for “Dr. Martin Pall, Oregon House of Rep YouTube” to see Dr. Pall’s brief, clear presentation of his work on February 24, 2014 (60 minutes).  His article in the Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine was honored at “Global Medical Discovery” as one of the top medical publications of 2013 – rightly so.  I suffer ill effects; I know so many other people who do, too.  Dr. Pall says that the conditions known to be caused by WiFi “could not possibly occur if the current safety standards were correct.”  The safety standards are NOT correct.  
        Not only are these conditions serious, they are costly; and they are coming upon us with ever greater frequency, debilitating individuals, wrecking families.  1 in 50 children has ASD.  Exposed to cell tower WiFi, birds can drop dead from cardiac arrest.  Bees can’t navigate or operate their wings, the EMFs are so bad.  With the birds being ‘taken out’ by wireless this way, pest control will become a huge problem.  When bees, our pollinators, keep biting the dust we can’t expect to have food, regardless of cost.  And we proliferate cell towers and routers.  Make no mistake: routers and base stations in the home, office and in schools are mini cell towers.  Dr. Pall says what must be done: “We can substantially improve the safety of many of these devices but there are some that should either be abolished or drastically changed.  In the last category, in my judgment, are Wi-Fi fields in schools, so called ‘smart meters’ and baby monitors as they are currently designed.”  And I say, “FirstNet?  No-go.”  
        It isn’t hopeless.  Places in Europe are leading the retreat, regrouping, getting grounded.  ➔ We’d better get our butts in gear, too. 
    Kate, Canary in the Mine

    + The direct link to Dr. Pall’s presentation is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-nYxZHak6I.
    + Governments and Organizations That Ban or Warn Against Wireless Technology
    + “Council of Europe’s Position on Electromagnetic Fields”, see at http://bcn.boulder.co.us/health/rmeha/rmehemfs.htm:
    “On 27 May 2011, the Committee on the Environment in the Council of Europe [Parliamentary Assembly] unanimously passed a position paper on “The Potential Dangers of Electromagnetic Fields and Their Effect on the Environment.” The paper refers to its past work on environment-related health hazards concerning the right to a healthy environment and now recommends immediate action by its member states to protect the public from the harmful effects of EMR sources, such as cell phones, WiFi, baby monitors and other wireless technologies.

  3. veronica says:

    Politicians are morons. They aren’t any smarter than the average person and what in the hell does the average person know about radiofrequency radiation, physics, cellular biology, quantum physics….. Why are these people making the decisions that will affect the health of the entire population?? Wake the hell up America. [Editor Note: True in general but principal City Councilor depicted in this article is a retired chemistry teacher and seems to be trying to do right thing.]

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