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August 21, 2013

How “Smart Meters” Can Hurt You


“Smart meters” can hurt you, but the One Subject at a Time Act can protect you.

I wrote this letter telling Congress to introduce's One Subject At a Time Act (OSTA). The hardwired message begins

I would notice and appreciate your co-sponsorship of the “One Subject at a Time Act” (OSTA), HR 2113.

I encourage you to join me in sending a letter. You may borrow from or copy this

OSTA requires each bill to be about ONLY one subject, so that each bill stands or falls entirely on its own merits. This would stop Congressional leaders from passing unwanted laws by clustering them with popular but unrelated bills.

I thought of OSTA when learning of the Smart Grid Advancement Act of 2013 (HR 2685). This bill could (…

* compel ALL electricity providers to install smart meters
* negate any state law permitting consumers to reject having a smart meter
* require energy-saving appliances to include wireless transmitters


* My private data could be transmitted, and…
* My power could be shut off by providers without my consent.

This bill would NEVER pass Congress on its own. It's too unpopular. But…

Will Congressional ideologues, who think regulators know best, sneak the Smart Grid proposal into a “must-pass” bill?

Such dishonest moves happen often in the thousand-page bills Congress imposes on us. And if this bad bill doesn't survive this corrupt process, others will. And we won't know about them until they've become law.

In other words, they will pass without our consent.

I DENY you the right to “govern” like this! I deny consent.

Support OSTA. It will go a long way to protecting the public from Congressional underhandedness and corruption.

If you don't, I must conclude that you're part of the problem.


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Jim Babka
President, Inc.

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