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Letter: Connect the grid

Did you know that a portion of Massachusetts residents are being driven from their homes as the result of the Green Communities Act?

Informed New England residents have an opportunity to prevent unprecedented damage to the earth. “Getting Smarter About the Smart Grid” is a definitive resource for alternatives to the damages of Northern Pass, the gas pipeline, industrial scale solar and wind, nuclear energy, and “smart” wireless utility meters.

Rather than in-fighting among opposition groups, there is an common denominator that links together the reckless models flying under the radar as “sustainability.” There is no justification in rushing to address adverse health and environmental impacts of fossil fuels by overlooking the health and environmental impacts of new industrial-scale infrastructure.

Northern Pass would transport expensive hydro-power from Canada to New England.

The Department of Public Utilities is pursuing wireless smart utility meters as the cornerstone to grid modernization, with inadequate safety exposure limits for the general population.

The Telecommunications Law of 1996 prohibits communities from blocking the installation of wireless infrastructure due to health and environmental concerns.

“Right-Sizing Infrastructure for an Energy System in Transition,” raises concerns by 102 organizations opposing back-room deals by New England governors to construct an underground gas pipeline.

The letter states: “Accordingly, to minimize ratepayer exposure to expensive infrastructure bets that risk becoming uneconomic, and to fulfill environmental and climate change targets, we urge you to ensure that all tools in the region’s energy toolbox — on both the demand and supply sides — be fully, fairly, and publicly evaluated before proceeding with efforts to advance new large-scale publicly-financed natural gas pipeline infrastructure.”

Human ambition, ego and greed are writing checks that nature can’t cash.

Get smarter about the smart grid.

PATRICIA BURKE

Stop Smart Meters Massachusetts

Millis

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