by K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions
Others have already pointed out how President Kerth attempted to stifle any discussion of smart meter public safety issues at the August 20th SMUD Board meeting. What I would like to highlight is his statement made at the end of the SMUD Board meeting.
It is my perspective that the closing statement made by President Kerth is among the most outlandish, arrogant, ill-informed, biased, and condescending pronouncements ever made by an elected official that I can recall. Here is the statement followed by a video clip of same followed with my further commentary:
“I would like to take a moment then to remind everyone that worries about smart meters are both unfounded and completely unnecessary.
Any efforts or investments made to avoid smart meters are entirely wasted.
I know that change can be unnerving, especially when it comes quickly, but giving into hysteria and falling victim to the alarmists and the charlatans of our era will not improve anyone’s lives.
Ladies and gentlemen, good-night, we are adjourned.”
[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.]
Not only does President Kerth make a declaration that worries and concerns over smart meters are completely unfounded, he further demeans those who express concerns over smart meters as alarmists and charlatans.
Just taking one definition of charlatan from Merriam-Webster, it is:
“one making usually showy pretenses to knowledge or ability : fraud, faker”
Or let us take the definition at Dictionary.com, which is:
“Noun 1. a person who pretends or claims to have more knowledge or skill than he or she possesses; quack.”
I submit to you that President Kerth is demonstrating himself as a ‘charlatan’ by making completely unsubstantiated, biased, and false statements that there are no issues regarding smart meters and for also demeaning and marginalizing consumers expressing legitimate concerns over smart meter technology, which are fully described and cataloged at this website. The consumers are actually the victims of this charlatan and of others like him.
SMUD Board President Kerth is a prime example of the type of person who should not hold elected office. I encourage all citizens and consumers to be vigilant for these types of ‘charlatans’ and to vote them out of office at the earliest opportunity.
Primary Source Material for this Article
Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) Board meeting video for August 20, 2015; full video at http://smud.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=16&clip_id=1296