Beware the greenwash

30 Jul

Time and again, the utilities and some of their “environmental” supporters like to spoon feed the media and public about how clean and green smart meters are.  Don’t buy this false bill of goods.

When national and state consumer groups do the analysis, they conclude that smart meters are “dumb.”

Fortunately there are environmental groups that are smart enough to see through the greenwash, too.  They’re not buying the spinning and misinformation from the utility industry.

On July 28, 2011, the Green Party of British Columbia, in Canada, changed its support for smart meters after learning more about their dangers.  They called for their deployment to be halted.

“We think conservation can be achieved without any change in meters,” said B.C. Green party leader Jane Sterk. “We believe there are real health concerns with wireless technology,” she said, urging further study on the potential health risks before any more steps are taken.

Here in California, the Sierra Club of San Francisco saw the truth and urged the San Francisco County Board of Supervisors to take action to protect its residents.

For an recent analysis that takes apart the false “green” reasons for supporting smart  meters, please read Stop Smart Meters July 26, 2011, blog post, “The Green Sheen Wearing Thin- How Corporate Environmental Organizations are Providing Cover for the Mounting Ecological Catastrophe of the “Smart Grid”.

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