‘Smart’ Meter Deployments Are a First Step to Limit Global Temperature Rise, Says the U. S. Department of State

Question_Smart Meters for the Planetby K.T. Weaver, SkyVision Solutions

Earlier in January, I wrote that the Federal Government Wants a Smart Meter “on EVERY home and business in the country,” based upon an article posted by the U.S. Department of Energy.

I have now discovered that a website maintained by the U.S. Department of State, ShareAmerica, posted an article on January 27th that other countries need to install smart meters as their “first actions” to meet the goal set by the recent Paris agreement to limit the global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius.

The specific relevant quotes are:

Keeping the planet cool takes cash

To meet the goal set by the Paris agreement — limiting the global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius — roughly $40 trillion (U.S.) must be invested in environmental solutions before 2030.

Who will pay?

National, state and local governments worldwide, often acting in partnership with businesses, will pay to bring existing clean-energy tools — solar photovoltaic panels, wind turbines and storage batteries — into action.  Foundations, universities, pension funds and venture capitalists will help.

How will money be spent?

Proven clean-energy technologies need wider adoption, so as countries begin to sign the Paris agreement this Earth Day (April 22), their first actions will be to update old systems — install smart meters to more efficiently monitor power consumption, for example — and next install new power generation and  distribution technologies.

We have shown over and over again at this website that smart meter deployments are not cost-effective as a means to help consumers save energy or money.  But monitoring each consumer’s energy consumption with a smart meter, from a technocrat’s perspective, does provide an intrusive mechanism  to monitor and control the populace.  In that respect, there is just a bit of truth in the statement by the Department of State that countries should “install smart meters to more efficiently monitor power consumption.”

To more accurately portray the motives behind smart meters, please refer to the recent comprehensive articles at this site:

The second article mentioned above includes the following quotation from a published paper that:

“Thus surveillance of energy consumption habits, we argue, acts as a mode of disciplinary power that punishes, financially and socially.”

In the weeks ahead, I will be writing additional articles regarding the tremendous financial resources being wasted on smart meters and the risks to which they expose consumers and citizens.  The next planned article is, “Families Punished by ‘Smart’ Meters and Time-of-Use (TOU) Rates, Recent Study Confirms.”

Source Material for this Article

“Keeping the planet cool takes cash,” ShareAmerica, January 27, 2016, at https://share.america.gov/keeping-planet-cool-takes-cash/

“Power to the people the smart-tech way,” ShareAmerica, August 17, 2015, at https://share.america.gov/power-to-people-smart-tech-way/

ShareAmerica is managed by the Bureau of International Information Programs within the U.S. Department of State.

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