by K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions
At this website I have categorized and listed the various risks related to smart grid technology. Beyond that, however, citizens need to be aware of the policies and extremist views that many proponents of smart cities and smart grids are actually trying to implement. These views are those of elitist technocrats who strive to create a society based upon maximum technological efficiency.
I was recently made aware of a YouTube video showing a presentation from June of this year at a meeting of the Addison County Democrats in the state of Vermont. The e-mail message I received about this video was captioned with the title of “We’re going to have to abandon the car.” The presentation was made by David Blittersdorf, president of All Earth Renewables. For years Blittersdorf has been advocating for regulations, subsidies and taxes to stamp out fossil fuels (and nuclear power) and replace them with the energy solutions he is in business to personally profit, namely energy-diffuse fuels like wind and solar.
Upon reviewing the video, I was actually struck with an even more broad and ominous statement of, “If you are going to travel, travel now,” which was made after a comment questioning “the idea that we’re going to be flying around in airplanes” in the future. With that introduction, please watch the following 1 1/2 minute video clip.
[The above video contains material used pursuant to the Fair Use Doctrine under 17 U.S.C. 107 and is presented in the public’s interest for non-commercial purposes.]
The video you just watched is the epitome of the smart grid movement and many who promote sustainable development. I wager that most citizens are not aware of the ultimate transformational changes in society that would occur if this “smart” vision were actually achieved. To further demonstrate this, I will now transition to a 2013 book entitled, “Terra Nova: The New World after Oil, Cars, and Suburbs.”
Here are a few quotes from the Terra Nova book that are consistent with the views just expressed in the video clip you just watched:
“Three powerful forces – oil, cars and suburbs – buoyed the American Dream. … The best choice – the only choice, the choice that makes all other choices possible – is, for most of us, to give up the car.”
“… employers need to be engaged with helping their employees find quality housing near the office [with] the ‘location efficient’ mortgage, which modifies lending standards to favor home mortgages close to the applicant’s workplace.” [The concept here is to make it too expensive to live away from work.]
“A smart grid is a material manifestation of democracy.” [I beg your pardon, but what sort of nonsense is that? As used, these words make no sense.]
“What we need is a ‘smart grid,’ touted by politicians, environmentalists, and economists alike. The smart grid is different from the old grid in two fundamental ways: (1) it transmits both power and information, and (2) it transmits those flows in two directions.”
“Appliances can be fitted with internal switches to run now, later or when power is cheapest.”
“…our settlements should be attractive…”
“Our new places may be smaller and less private than what we are accustomed to, with shared walls and tinier yards; there will be less room for all our stuff and for the dog and the dog’s stuff.”
“…instead of going to the supermarket once a week in our SUV, we will stop at a corner market. … Because walking, bicycling, and transit will limit how much one person can carry at a time, we will need to become accustomed to buying what we can conveniently carry or push or pack into a pannier bag on the bike.”
“But of course, for those of us who want to see what nature is doing, in the American future, green spaces will be closer at hand. Concentrated towns and cities and gate duties on wasteful land use mean that nature can be a walk rather than an airplane ride away.”
So, instead of a family vacation to the Grand Canyon, if you “want to see what nature is doing,” just walk to the edge of town and see what is there.
Really people, can you not see what is happening? Reject this trend towards the Orwellian smart city future of Panopticon design where everything is controlled and movements are limited to travel without a car by walking or biking to the edge of the city.
The phrase from the video clip that, “If you are going to travel, travel now,” in addition to that already stated, reflects an attitude that our best days are behind us and that the end is near. If you want to see America or the world, do it now before you won’t be able to anymore.
The future envisioned by sustainable development and technocrat zealots is one which I would view as a dismal existence for humans, likened to caged animals with no hope for freedom or self-determination. I ask others to join the fight against smart grid and smart cities for the sake of our future generations. I understand and share the desire to conserve our natural resources and protect the environment, but there must be a better way.
Source Material for this Article
David Blittersdorf, Addison County Democrats, June 8, 2015, YouTube video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RM8BmBcKgS8&feature=youtu.be
“Terra Nova: The New World after Oil, Cars, and Suburbs,” by Eric W. Sanderson, Wildlife Conservation Society, Abrams, New York, 2013; available at http://www.amazon.com/Terra-Nova-World-After-Suburbs/dp/1419704346
“Green-energy CEO: Vermonters must abandon the car,” at http://watchdog.org/230815/vermonters-must-abandon-the-car/ with message of:
“Now that Vermont has a mandate to get 75 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2032, residents will have to ditch automobiles and embrace a whole new way of life, the state’s top renewable energy CEO says.”
“We’re probably going to have to abandon the car,” David Blittersdorf, president of All Earth Renewables, told Addison County Democrats in a recent presentation titled “Vermont’s Renewable Energy Future.”