Smart Meter Silliness
In what I can only imagine is an act done out of pure defiance of logic and good sense, people are placing locking bars on their analog power meters to prevent DTE from replacing them with so-called ‘Smart Meters’, and are reaping what they sow in the form of a power shut-off.
There are few things that make sense to me about the Smart Meter debate. There is no privacy issue: the fact that you are using electricity in your home can be seen with the naked eye by anyone standing in front of the place at nighttime. There is no health and safety issue: the world we live in is literally bombarded by microwave radiation, all of which bounces harmlessly off of our skins. There is no issue with rising energy cost: Smart Meters are being installed to lower the public utility’s cost of operation and improve its response time to power outages, not nefariously find ways to charge you more; if they want a rate hike, they’re going to have to go through the Michigan Public Service Commission if they want a rate hike, and that has always been something done out in the open.
And perhaps most importantly, this is not a Sterling Heights issue. The vast amount of time that has been wasted at City Council meetings over something that is not within the city’s legal purview to regulate is the result of the pure sophistry of anti-Smart Meter advocates. I have little to say to anti-technology Luddites other than to point out that their ongoing temper tantrum has gotten them exactly nowhere, and can we please have our city council meetings back now?
With a little luck, these folks are soon going to have to spend their spare time refueling their generators and resupplying their stock of dry ice. Hopefully they’ll be too busy with that to trouble city council any further.