Letter from the Editor
I understand many people are concerned about B.C. Hydro’s plan to install a smart meter on every house in the province. I have a little harder time trying to understand why.
The $930-million plan did come as somewhat of a shock, and in a province notorious for growing tired of government, smart meters are seen by some as an example of an arrogant administration that thinks it can do whatever it wants without asking the electorate. The same sentiment killed the HST, which never really had a chance to survive on its own merits.
Fine. We’re all entitled to our political beliefs. However, we are not entitled to bend the laws of physics in order to influence others. There has been enough fear-mongering around the “radiation dangers” of smart meters, with too many people willing to misquote scientists and agencies such as the World Health Organization. If you are concerned about electromagnetic energy, you owe it to yourself to do your homework and think critically about what your concerns are. As the popular 1990s show the X-Files said, “The truth is out there.”
In an effort to give you a little food for thought, we’ve asked one of the province’s leading opponents of smart meters to articulate her concerns. B.C. Hydro responded and both sides had a chance for a rebuttal. The debate begins here.