Smart meters, dumb science


On February 21, 2013, the city council of Sebastopol, California (a small suburb north of San Francisco) adopted a resolution attempting to ban the installation of smart meters by Pacific Gas and Electric, claiming that the devices pose “potential risks to the health, safety and welfare of Sebastopol residents.” In taking this measure, Sebastpol officials followed the lead of Marin County (hardly a traditional bastion of conservative pseudoscience), which in 2011 passed a similar resolution. To date, PG&E has ignored both, claiming that only California’s Public Utilities Commission has jurisdiction in the matter, but debate continues at several levels.

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