The real Smart Meter manipulation
Published: November 06, 2012 1:00 PM
Updated: November 06, 2012 1:54 PM
VICTORIA – Two very different scenes unfolded at opposite ends of the province last week.
In the remote northwest corner of B.C., the first power line towers started going up to connect Highway 37 communities to the BC Hydro grid. The Nisga’a, Tahltan and other aboriginal communities will soon have reliable power, as well as much-needed training and jobs during clearing and construction.
Meanwhile down on the Gulf Islands, the most hysterical, dishonest campaign against smart meters I’ve heard of so far went into high gear.
I’ve obtained a mass e-mail from the head anti-smart meter organizer on Salt Spring Island that shows the mentality at work here. (Corix is the BC Hydro contractor that has installed more than a million meters and has approached the Gulf Islands with trepidation, the last area of B.C. to be done.)
“Corix is attacking with 30 trucks on Mon the 22nd,” Chris Anderson wrote in October. “Poelpe [sic] are advised NOT to attend the Victoria pipeline rally but instead help defend agianst [sic] spymeter installations in their neighbourhoods.”
Anderson’s self-appointed supporters fanned out across the island, attempting to turn away installers on the false assumption that everyone has fallen for their crackpot fear campaign. They managed to stop 12 per cent of the installations.
Coincidentally, Anderson has been doing a brisk business selling $35 meter locks to gullible Salt Spring Islanders in recent months. They don’t work, and you’re not allowed to lock BC Hydro property anyway. Others have been sold official-looking “no smart meter” signs that don’t identify the customer, so they don’t work either.
As for the term “spymeter,” I’ve reported on the weird theories spread by Bill Vander Zalm in a video interview, where he claims smart meters are part of a global surveillance system that can even tell what you’re cooking. Vander Zalm has been outdone by one Brian Thiesen, who styles himself as the “chairman” of “Interior Smart Meter Awareness.”
In September, the Merritt Herald reported on Thiesen’s presentation to 20 unwary people in a church basement. He claimed wireless meters not only provide video surveillance of your house, they are also responsible for “dying bees” and “defective sperm and eggs” as well as disease and fires.
Thiesen even claimed radiofrequency signals can “pull your PIN number directly out of your head.” Is there no limit to the nonsense some people will fall for?
Surrey Fire Chief Len Garis co-authored a study that shows residential fires have decreased with the advent of smart meters. Which brings me to the ugliest opposition to this modernization, the criminal element.
Here in North America’s marijuana mecca, installers have encountered many meter bypasses, wired up to steal hydro and conceal high consumption for grow ops. In addition to being illegal, they are a fire hazard that is removed when discovered.
Installers also find more sophisticated cases of hydro theft. Removing the mechanical meter reveals a hole cut in the back of the case, so the dials can be turned back to hide a grow op’s power consumption. No wonder some people want to lock them down.
Of course all of this is defeated by a smart grid system, so the growers and other crooks are angry.
A BC Hydro official told me about one case where a user was told he had a bypass, and that it was being removed. His bill went from next to nothing to a reasonable level.
The customer complained to the media, falsely inflating the amount of his bill and blaming an inaccurate smart meter.
Tom Fletcher is legislative reporter and columnist for Black Press and BCLocalnews.co
Mr. Fletcher seems to have made quite a career at defending the Smart Meter issue.
When we try to separate facts from propaganda….we must not be lead astray by red herrings.
We , the BC citizens, own BC Hydro..at least so far. Who died and made these people God?
All other EMF transmission devices in a home can be refused by the resident….ie its a personal choice..(ie cordless phone or hard -wired land -line….microwave or standard oven,…..satellite TV or cable etc. etc.).
I am not a big believer in coincidence, and am a bit suspicious re: timing of Mr. Fletchers’ column. At least it informs us that Corix ” swat teams ” are out there to assault our privacy and install these spy devices by the Dec . 31 , 2012 deadline .
Surrey Fire Chief? Isn’t that the same person who drafted very draconian rules re: Grow Opps that allowed various Gov’t agencies to invade your homes via ” suspicion” of Grow Opps. We have heard lots of horror stories, and there are class action lawsuits as a result.
These Smart Meter devices are capable of long distance transmissions. There is no proof they cannot be hacked, information stolen , nor that the Grid system is secure. Once we have Smart Meter forced on us…what next? …no more analog appliance? but Smart Appliances….sending more RF signals within the home?
Less fires with Smart Meters?…in the long term we do NOT know that yet. How do we know Smart Meters can’t be bypassed…. I would bet that people are doing it as we speak…false sense of security .
We still have no straight answer as to Smart Meter longevity….will they last as long as analogs meters ?
Then Mr Fletcher tries to do smear job on opponents. By default, he is effectively stating the rest of us Smart Meter opponents who have also done their homework are “ignorant”.
Maybe he retires soon..but then again perhaps he is setting himself up for a P.R. job at some large company…..maybe even BC Hydro ?