The grassroots protest against Smart Meters and the Smart Grid continues to grow across the country, including Texas and the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex.
Take Back Your Power, a leading national website in the fight, is circulating a video trailer for their crowd-funded Take Back Your Power feature length documentary scheduled for public release September 5.
Texas Senate Bill SB 241, "An act relating to the authority of an electric customer to choose not to have a utility's advanced meter" made it out of committee and then died.
Responding to a request for an update Justin Padgett of Texans United Against Smart Meters said, "This bill never made it to the floor for a vote." As for an opt-out provision Padgett added, "The PUC could still grant an opt-out but this is a huge cop-out. We as citizens should be able to opt out ourselves."
The Take Back Your Power documentary promises to explore all of the concerns raised by Smart Meters and the Smart Grid: health, rights, privacy, fires and damage, consumer cost increases, vulnerability, and the "big picture" issue of the rise of the ultimate surveillance state.
Take Back Your Power is encouraging people across the country to host community screenings beginning September 13 by purchasing a DVD and showing it "in theaters, halls, office buildings, at film festivals or even your home."
Going local may be the next front in the Smart Meter war.
Both Carriger and the anonymously-named "Mr. Smoot" still have their old analog electric meters.
Sheila Dean, Dallas Libertarian Examiner's go-to consultant on surveillance issues sees Smart Grids as yet another layer of the surveillance state.
"Five years ago," she says, "people would have scoffed at the notion that metadata from hairdryer use would be an intelligence leverage for local government and utility companies."
"The good news is," Dean continues, "with each invasive surveillance program exposed using public resources we have another opportunity to reinforce our boundaries. While that demands a lot of additional personal energy it's worth demanding safer utility standards and reinforcing personal property laws. The alternative is to live with the radiation, the fire hazards, and to be harassed later down the line with recordkeeping by people who never respected your rights in the first place."
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