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Put on your tinfoil helmets, the smart meters are coming!
“Smart meters” have already been installed by utilities across the country, but Pacific Gas & Electric Company is meeting fierce opposition from homeowners, politicians, city officials and environmentalists who don’t want their old meters replaced in some areas of
PG&E is standing firm in its decision to continue smart meter installation and refuses to honor the moratoriums on meters that have been imposed by several cities, saying that the smart meter program is under the authority of the California Public Utilities Commission, not local governments. The company is
8 million of the low-power smart meters have been put in service since last summer, but it is unclear how long the rest will take. Are these claims against smart meters well-founded? And will the current opposition pose a threat to nation-wide efforts to create an electrical smart grid for more efficient energy use?
Molly Peterson, KPCC environment reporter
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Bad science, ill-prepared forensic pathologists contribute to mishandling of child death investigations with devastating results for the innocent
We’ve all seen the cool assurance
A.C. Thompson, reporter at ProPublica
Eddie Lopez, younger brother of Ernie Lopez, who was found guilty of killing an infant under his care. His case is under appeal because of fault found in the forensic investigation.
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Is blowing a whistle a noble cause? Not if you ask Obama.
Who is a whistleblower? In the past that was a pretty straight forward question--an individual who put their job on the line to release insider information about corporate wrong doing or government malfeasance. They served the greater good and the country validated their efforts by creating legislation to protect them. What would have happened in Vietnam if Daniel Ellsberg hadn’t released the “Pentagon Papers” to the New York Times or if Jeffrey Wigand hadn’t exposed Brown &Williamson’s manipulation of nicotine in cigarettes to 60 minutes, or if Bunnatine Greenhouse hadn’t spoken out against Halliburton and the company’s no-bid contracts, waste, fraud and other abuses in Iraq? But today the question of how we define what a whistleblower is and how much protection they should receive is a much more complicated one. Should army private Bradley E. Manning receive protection for releasing sensitive military information to WikiLeaks? What about Thomas A. Drake who felt the government’s eavesdropping program was unproductive and a waste of money? He was indicted in April. Then there’s the Army intelligence analyst who was arrested for allegedly handing over a classified video of an American military helicopter firing on civilians in
Stephen M. Kohn, executive director, the
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A bright idea? Republicans attempt repeal of pending incandescent light bulb ban
Come New Year’s Day 2012, you won’t be able to buy your standard 100-Watt incandescent bulb anywhere in the country. That is, unless the current chair of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee can convince Congress to repeal the ban. The original Energy Independence and Security Act, or CLEAN Energy Act of 2007 was intended to jumpstart the market for the energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) and to move the
Representative Joe Barton
Representative Michael Burgess
Representative Fred Upton
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