Finallyâ€¦ some scientists are speaking out to say smart meters are safe
Quick Take: After years of pseudo-science bombardment by the tin-foil hat crowd, we are finally seeing real scientists step up to address the issue of meter safety. You may want to save the articles linked below to send to customers who have health concerns. - By Jesse Berst
Some sane people are being sucked into an anti-smart meter movement that is without foundation, according to TheConversation.com. It compares the pseudoscience to astrology, young-earth creationism, alien abduction and pyramid power. In the US, an organization known as Stop Smart Meters claims to be â€œfighting for our health, privacy, and safety." Similar organizations have sprung up in Canada and Australia, and interest is spreading worldwide. In Marin County, California, county officials have criminalized smart meters, citing â€œhealth effectsâ€ of their usage.
The real science
Yet smart meters only transmit data for roughly 1.4 seconds per day, at very low wattage. According to B.C. Hydro in Canada: â€œExposure to radio frequency during a 20-year life span of a smart meter is equivalent to the exposure during a single 30-minute cell phone call.â€
Meanwhile, the Huffington Post has chimed in with an article called "Smart Meters, Dumb Science." Those opposing smart meters often cite health risks. Some claim "electromagnetic hypersensitivity," or in other words that radiation from devices such as smart meters cause dizziness, fatigue, headaches, seizures, memory loss or other maladies.
"So what are the scientific facts here?" ask authors David Bailey and Jonathan Borwein. In short, the health risk to radiation by smart meters is hundreds or thousands of times less than that of cell phone usage, which in turn is so small as to be barely measurable.
Jesse Berst is the founder and Chief Analyst of SGN and Chairman of the Smart Cities Council, an industry coalition.
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