To: Seattle City Council
Ban "Smart"meters in Seattle
Dear Seattle City Council Members, Sally Clark, President; Sally Bagshaw, Tim Burgess, Kshama Sawant, Jean Godden, Bruce Harrell, Nick Licata, Mike O'Brien, Tom Rasmussen: We the undersigned demand a ban on Seattle City Light's planned implementation of "smart" meters (otherwise known as Advanced Metering Initiative - AMI).
Why is this important?
"Smart" meters are being rapidly implemented around the globe under the guise of "green" energy, with unsubstantiated claims of energy savings and greater efficiency. The utilities back up their claims by citing the selective research of corporate paid "scientists", ignoring the work of independent research such as found in the Bio Initiative Report.
As documented in the film, "Take Back Your Power", smart meters are a false solution to the urgent problem of climate change, and are likely to result in higher utility bills for rate payers, increased collection of private data in violation of the Fourth Amendment, threats to cyber security, and home fires, increased levels of cancer mortality and morbidity worldwide due to increased radio-frequency exposure, diminishment of the global food supply by contributing to bee colony collapse disorder, disappearance of wildlife, and other deleterious effects yet to be foreseen.
The collective effect of the smart grid will be to offer tax-payer subsidized handouts to a handful of corporations, distracting the American people from the urgent need to address rising atmospheric carbon levels in meaningful ways, while causing harm to living beings and society in a variety of ways yet to be considered or understood.
We urge you to cancel City Light's plan to install smart meters in Seattle and consider other measures to increase your support for small scale, decentralized renewable energy projects and conservation.
How it will be delivered
Petition to be delivered in person to City Councilmember, Kshama Sawant, Kshama chairs the Energy and Environment Committee.