Reminder: https://the5gsummit.com/ starts August 26
New Documentary from Spain on RF under health VERY GOOD
A colleague of Michael Moore has a new film out on the dark side of “alternative energy”. I don’t know if it includes questions of wireless and smart meters but showings might offer a good networking opportunity. Under Utilities.
Lots of FCC articles re: health decision and Tribe ruling
FEATURED: Conflicts of Interest and Misleading Statements in Official Reports about the Health Consequences of Radiofrequency Radiation and Some New Measurements of Exposure Levels
School of Psychology, University of Auckland, Auckland 1142, New Zealand
Received: 29 March 2019 / Accepted: 25 April 2019 / Published: 5 May 2019
Official reports to governments throughout the Western world attempt to allay public concern about the increasing inescapability of the microwaves (also known as radiofrequency radiation or RF) emitted by “smart” technologies, by repeating the dogma that the only proven biological effect of RF is acute tissue heating, and assuring us that the levels of radiation to which the public are exposed are significantly less than those needed to cause acute tissue heating. The present paper first shows the origin of this “thermal-only” dogma in the military paranoia of the 1950s. It then reveals how financial conflict of interest and intentionally misleading statements have been powerful factors in preserving that dogma in the face of now overwhelming evidence that it is false, using one 2018 report to ministers of the New Zealand government as an example. Lastly, some new pilot measurements of ambient RF power densities in Auckland city are reported and compared with levels reported in other cities, various international exposure limits, and levels shown scientifically to cause biological harm. It is concluded that politicians in the Western world should stop accepting soothing reports from individuals with blatant conflicts of interest and start taking the health and safety of their communities seriously.
CELLPHONES: Cellphones the new smokes?
CELLPHONES: CHILDREN ARE DYING BECAUSE PARENTS ARE ON THEIR PHONES Safety experts from around the globe have issued warnings time and again that drowning is most often silent.
CELLPHONES: Mobile telephone use is associated with changes in cognitive function in young adolescents
CELLPHONES CHILDREN: 9 CELLPHONE SAFETY TIPS FOR BACK TO SCHOOL
CELLPHONES: Cell Phones Touching Body Exceed Safety Limits in U.S. and Europe Say Experts — Children More Vulnerable
CHILDREN: Research shows lower test scores for fourth graders who use tablets in schools June article
Reboot Foundation questions the use of technology in education
SCHOOLS: LEARNING IN NATURE: THE BENEFITS OF FOREST SCHOOL
SCHOOLS: OREGON TO STUDY WIFI, WITH VIDEO https://www.paaoregon.org/single-post/2019/08/07/Oregon-Legislature-Passes-SB-283-to-Study-Effects-of-WiFi-Radiation-on-Children-with-video
(I could not open the link)
ECONOMY: Tech giants get more entrenched
Tech companies comprise more than a quarter of the value of America’s stock markets, the Economist reports:
- Tech’s big five — Microsoft, Amazon, Apple, Alphabet (Google’s parent) and Facebook — make up half of the industry’s market capitalization.
- “The last time tech companies were so important was back in 2000, when they were briefly worth a third of the value of all listed equities in America.”
Why it matters: “Compared with the dotcom bubble, the … prevailing concern is not that tech firms are too flimsy to justify their valuations, but that their position is too powerful.” – AXIOS
LINKS TO: Silicon Valley’s giants look more entrenched than ever before
The top five tech firms make up most of the sector’s stock value
EMF: Installing Hard Wired Internet – A Simple Guide
FCC: Trump Considers Executive Order to Make FCC Police How Social Media Prioritizes Content (Report)
News comes a day after Trump campaign halted Twitter spending in response to suspension of Mitch McConnell’s account
According to CNN, the executive order would also ask the Federal Trade Commission to open a public complaint forum of its own and work with the FCC to produce a report into how tech companies curate content. The network said also that the order would target platforms with month users equaling or surpassing one-eighth of the population of the United States, and specifically names Facebook, Google, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and Snapchat.
The draft executive order also seeks to limit the interpretation of a key part of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, the Communications Decency Act, which protects tech platforms from liability for most of what users post if the companies in question act “in good faith,” CNN reporting, adding that the executive order would specifically ask the FCC to disqualify tech companies from the good faith provision if it is determined the company removed content “without notifying the user who posted the material, or if the decision is proven to be evidence of anticompetitive, unfair or deceptive practices.”
FCC: The FCC says 5G is safe, again
There has never been compelling evidence that 5G radio waves are dangerous. While they’re higher frequency than the radio waves used for 4G, they remain in the part of the radio spectrum that doesn’t damage human DNA — what’s known as non-ionizing radiation. Even the higher-frequency emissions used in 5G remain less energetic than visible light.
On a call with reporters, FCC officials said that there was no sign 5G airwaves would be any less safe than the airwaves used for 3G or 4G.
The commission has made similar statements before on calls with reporters, albeit with less clarity. It’s also implicitly acknowledged 5G as safe by approving the use of devices that support it.
But today’s gesture is its firmest acknowledgement yet that the FCC believes 5G is safe to use. By leaving emissions standards unchanged, the commission says that its existing standards are already strict enough to determine when radio emissions become problematic. A properly functioning 5G device still falls within those standards.
FCC deems cellphones with 5G tech safe
In a new proposal, the FCC concludes current radio frequency emission levels are OK.
The FCC has for years been criticized for not updating its cellphone safety standards since 1996. Critics have argued that the levels should be reviewed based on the latest wireless technology. The agency uses a value known as a SAR, or specific absorption rate, to determine if devices can be safely sold in the US. The SAR measures the amount of power that’s absorbed in the body per given mass.
While the FCC hasn’t updated its SAR level recommendations since the 1990s, others have reviewed the limits. In March of this year, the engineering group IEEEas they have been since 1996.
The FCC opened a proceeding in 2013 to look into the RF levels. And the order circulated Thursday by Pai is the result of that review.
FCC says 5G is safe, wants to maintain current RF exposure limits
“The United States’ RF exposure limits for handheld devices are among the most stringent in the world,” the FCC said in. The agency’s Office of Engineering and Technology’s Julius Knapp clarified:
The FCC sets radiofrequency limits in close consultation with the FDA and other health agencies. After a thorough review of the record and consultation with these agencies, we find it appropriate to maintain the existing radiofrequency limits, which are among the most stringent in the world for cell phones.
The FDA backs the existing RF exposure guidelines, stating that scientific evidence at this point in time hasn’t found any negative health effects in humans at or below the current limits. Under this proposal, the FCC wants to establish ‘a uniform set of guidelines’ that will make sure that companies are compliant with the limits.
5G: 5G doesn’t require new limits on RF exposure, FCC says
5G: ACTIVIST OPPOSTION CAUTION
5G: Indian Tribes Win Bid to Keep Federal Reviews for Small Cells (1)
5G; FCC Court deals blow to FCC’s bid to speed 5G rollout
FCC has tried to cut red tape
(CNN) – The Federal Communications Commission tried to expedite the rollout ofby cutting red tape. Now a US court has found the regulators erred in trying to exempt 5G cell sites from environmental impact and historic preservation reviews.
The effort by US telecom regulators to speed thethrough deregulation has thus far largely survived a court challenge by environmental and tribal groups.
But in a, a three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled against one of regulators’ key claims: That 5G is so important, cell sites using the technology can bypass environmental and historical preservation reviews.
In the ruling, the judges said such reviews are meant to “assess the effects of new construction on, among other things, sites of religious and cultural importance to federally recognized Indian Tribes.” But at the same time, they held, the FCC’s order “effectively reduced” the role of those tribes in the decision making process for new 5G cell sites.
The result is a mixed bag for the FCC, which voted last year to override many municipal rules surrounding 5G permitting in a bid to accelerate approvals for 5G cell sites.
The judges did not address big swaths of the FCC’s deregulation. For example, they declined to address the FCC’s move forcing cities to approve cell sites on expedited time frames, or requirements aimed at reducing the cost of permitting. Those are the subject of a separate case in the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
“I am pleased that the court upheld key provisions of last March’s infrastructure decision. Most importantly, the court affirmed our decision that parties cannot demand upfront fees before reviewing any cell sites, large or small,” said FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr.
But the panel dealt a blow to the FCC when it said the agency erred in trying to exempt 5G cell sites from historical and environmental reviews.
“Today’s decision confirms that the FCC cannot just scream ‘5G’ to justify ignoring its duties to Tribal Nations and to the environment,” said Andrew Schwartzman, a lecturer at Georgetown University who participated in the case.
Ajit Pai loses another court case as judges overturn 5G deregulation
Pai tried to kill environmental and historic-preservation review of small cells.
(PLEASE NOTE: Daniel is an expert on theosophy and Elana has a background in Rudolf Steiner’s work but this interview will not be everyone’s cup of tea. Some would describe it as conspiracy theory due to discussion of space fenc,e nanotech, ionized sky, CA fires, hive mind, etc. The part about the fires at the beginning may make you want to jump ship but I think her message at the end about the spiritual aspects is the best part IMO. Daniel’s live class on Friday nights has a very large following although this was taped in advance, but he has brought a lot of people into the 5G discussion, as has Elana. Skip it if you are not interested.)
5G: NANOTECH 5G ROBO DNA: TRANSHUMANIST AI TAKEOVER! DARK JOURNALIST & ELANA FREELAND 1 hour
PART 2: NANOTECH IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Dark Journalist welcomes back Geo-engineering author Elana Freeland for an incredible tour through the murky world of the weaponization of the environment using 5G, Nanotech, DNA Surveillance, Synthetic Biology and the multi-decade technological terror known as ‘The Space Fence.’
5G: Protest held over 5G zoning ordinance in San Diego
The rally was held against the County of San Diego’s proposed ordinances to facilitate 4G and 5G small cells for unincorporated areas of the county.
5G: Are 5G Towers Really More Dangerous?
5G: Neighbors fight losing battle against 5G tower right next to Denver home
Despte protests and delay tactics, Verizon exercised its legal right to install a 5G tower in a public easement.
5G HEALTH: Side effects of living near 5G towers in Geneva Switzerland – testimonial
Re-posting; note courtesy Sharon
5G HEALTH: Dr. Alexandra Golomb, MD and PhD, presents evidence and convincing information regarding EMR and 5G technology, recommending a halt to the roll out of 5G in San Diego, California. An amazing amount of evidence and a huge number of references are provided, making this a wonderful resource.
San Diego County 5G Deliberations, A Doctor’s Appeal
5G: FCC Decides NO CHANGE to Radiation Limits For 5G Despite Research Supporting Public Outcry Over Risks
5G: High-stakes dispute turns nasty, pits 5G technology against weather forecasting
5G: Vodafone cellsite hidden in rubbish bin in Auckland
5G INDUSTRY POLITICS
5G: D.C. Circuit Affirms Significant 5G Infrastructure Reforms
5G: Report from Black Hat: Escalating cyberthreats swirl around Apple, IoT and 5G
It all started with a locker.
Darktrace Ltd. was working with an amusement park that had installed smart lockers equipped with phone-activated access. Hackers, using either a remote exploit or an onsite tool to attack one storage bin, penetrated company business systems and a significant data breach ensued.
Welcome to the new and dangerous world of the “internet of things.” Fingerprint scanners, vending machines, smart TVs and even amusement park lockers are all fair game. And coming 5G wireless connectivity, along with concerns around vulnerabilities in Apple iOS, could give malicious attacks a turbo-boost into 2020 and beyond.
5G:I tried 5G. It will change your life — if you can find it
with industry video showing antennas
5G Is the Future of Wireless, But It Has Weaknesses
At Black Hat, a researcher shows how to identify devices connected to 5G base stations and modify what those devices can do on the network.
5G: Samsung’s Galaxy Note10 makes a 5G nightmare come true: Confusion
The real confusion begins with Samsung’s decision to release versions of the Galaxy Note10+ that will only support non-millimeter wave 5G networks. Please bear with me for a moment as I try to explain this in the least confusing way possible:
5G INDUSTRY: Industry Voices—Pongratz: 5G is not all the same
With the efficiency uplift between 4G and 5G expected to be in the order of ~30% when comparing apples-to-apples, the DSS technology is a compelling solution to maximize the use of the sub 6 GHz spectrum. And from a marketing perspective, short of just changing the LTE logo to 5G, DSS is likely the next most expeditious approach for realizing a true nationwide 5G branded network.
And even though all roads ultimately lead to 5G, it will be interesting to see if the competitive dynamics in combination with the different spectrum assets will spur operators to accelerate the use of DSS at a faster pace than technically required, just to ensure a competitive 5G marketing message.
To sum, 5G is exciting, but it is not all the same and the 5G term without additional context will do little to communicate the value for the suppliers, operators, and the end users. With LTE networks performing rather well, it is now up to marketing to decide how to capitalize on the extreme variations with all the possible 5G flavors. In other words, until mid-band spectrum is available, marketing will ultimately decide if 5G eMBB is a branding exercise or as Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg said in the second-quarter 2019 earnings call— 5G is a “transformative feeling.”
5G; The FCC says 5G is safe, but that won’t stop conspiracy theorists
Most of the scientific community has already concluded that the latest generation of cellular technology, 5G, is at least as safe to human health as the 2G, 3G, and 4G technologies that became globally ubiquitous over the past two decades. But once radio emissions safety questions were raised in the United States, the Federal Communications Commission took another look at the evidence. After an extended review, the agency has just given 5G a fairly definitive thumbs up for safety, though even this high level of reassurance is unlikely to stop conspiracy theorists from suggesting otherwise.
On paper, the FCC’s findings stop short of explicitly declaring any cellular technology trouble-free, but if you parse the legalese, that conclusion is hard to ignore. As Commission Chairman Ajit Pai explains, the FCC will “continue to ensure the health and safety of workers and consumers of wireless technology” by “maintain[ing] the Commission’s existing radiofrequency (RF) exposure limits,” which “for handheld devices are among the most stringent in the world.” Put more simply, the FCC says your existing cellular phone is already operating within strict, safe limits, and as the 5G era dawns, there’s no need to reduce radio signal strength further.
Unfortunately, I doubt that those conclusions will be enough to put the issue to rest. At the same time as it offered those assurances, the FCC said that it plans to seek public comments on “a rule to formalize the Commission’s existing methods of determining compliance with the RF exposure standard for devices operating at high frequencies.” Again decoded, that’s saying the FCC already has an unofficial way to approve high-frequency equipment — read: millimeter wave 5G devices — but for legal reasons, it needs to take public input into account before formalizing the compliance standards.
As much as I strongly believe in the value of public input into regulatory matters, the comment process has become at best a mess, if not an outright farce. Over the past two years, 5G has inspired pseudo-scientists, conspiracy theorists, andRussian disinformation trolls to target decent people looking to give greater meaning to their generalized fears about new technologies. It doesn’t take much effort to find people on the internet who are convinced the government is deliberately or negligently irradiating the population using radio towers.
Consequently, small anti-5G groups have popped up to protest radio towers that they think are poisoning people, birds, and bees. If this public comment period proceeds like past ones, the FCC will open its comment box to “listen” to them — and others who have their own reasons to oppose 5G, such as lobbying dollars or prior use of similar frequencies — then abruptly dismiss their concerns en masse before moving on to the next issue.
On the one hand, this is entirely understandable. If you believe most scientists and government officials, there’s no need to keep debating whether 5G is safe. Good science suggests that high-frequency millimeter waves are even less capable of penetrating the human body and supposedly causing cancer than the lower-frequency signals used in 2G, 3G, and 4G devices, which even after decades of skepticism have not been conclusively implicated as health risks. Asking for further public comment on this topic only gives fringe groups another chance to attract attention.
So prepare yourself for one last gasp of anti-5G health agitation over the next few months. But don’t be surprised if the FCC listens politely, then — for better or worse — abruptly waves off the concerns before moving on to the next item on its agenda. The debate over whether 5G has negative health consequences might not be definitively settled, but once the FCC finishes its comment period, the discussion is going to move into the distant background, at least in the United States.
5G: Pre-Launch Sprint 5G in New York Gains Coverage, Needs Speed
Sprint’s 5G network in New York hasn’t launched yet, but it’s already showing good coverage in Midtown. Now it needs a speed boost.
OTHER TELECOM: Closing the rural broadband gap is an urgent national crisis
HEALTH: MOTHERS, PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS NEED TO GET ANGRY, REALLY ANGRY (Jerry Flynn: autism, brain tumors, cancer)
HEALTH RF METERS via Sharon in Canada: A youtube by Nick Pinneault in which he shows how an inexpensive RF meter can identify areas of concern. If you are interested in a meter, I would suggest you contact Rob Metzinger of Safe Living Technology in Canada,If you tell him what types of things you wish to measure and how much you’d like to spend, Rob can offer good advice. This type of inexpensive meter will not do precise measurements, but it will give you an idea if there are problems.
How To: Detect & Eliminate Hotel Room EMFs (+ why a router under the bed is bad news) 11 min.
HEALTH: An Invisible Threat (Radiation) | History Documentary | Reel Truth History Published on Jul 16, 2019 1 hour 12 minutes video
(some English, Spanish w/ English subtitles )
An Invisible Threat looks at the relationship between microwave technology and health, investigating the conflicts of interest among industry representatives, politicians, scientists and consumers that leave us unprotected to the effects of radiation.
Wireless networks irradiate microwaves indiscriminately across cities, villages and the countryside of all developed countries. This increasing exposure disturbs the biological processes that are essential for the healthy growth of human beings, animals and plants – it especially affects children and teenagers.
The reasonable doubt that has arisen from independent scientific reports regarding the harmful effects of these technologies has led the Council of Europe to recommend its members countries apply the Precautionary Principle. In June 2011, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a body of the World Health Organization (WHO), admitted for the first time that microwaves produced by mobile phones could be “possible carcinogens”.
Our investigation delves into three groups: the telecommunications industry (mobile telephone companies, MMF); official organisations (WHO, IARC, ICNIRP) and official scientific reports (BioInitiative, Interphone, CEFALO).
In parallel, An Invisible Threat takes in the daily life of Minerva Palomar, a woman affected by the electromagnetic hypersensitivity syndrome and the obstacles she needs to overcome in order to lead a normal life.
An Invisible Threat has a clear international focus, dealing with a social issue of global importance. Microwave effects are currently being analysed and debated in almost all developed countries. The question is, are we prepared for the answers.
HEALTH: Human milk as “chrononutrition”: implications for child health and development
Human biology follows recurring daily rhythms that are governed by circadian cues in the environment. Here we show that human milk is a powerful form of “chrononutrition,” formulated to communicate time-of-day information to infants. However, 85% of breastfed infants in the US consume some milk that does not come directly from the breast but is pumped and stored in advance of feeding. Expressed milk is not necessarily circadian-matched (e.g., an infant might drink breastmilk pumped in the evening on the following morning). Ingesting mistimed milk may disrupt infants’ developing circadian rhythms, potentially contributing to sleep problems and decreased physiological attunement with their mothers and environments. Dysregulated circadian biology may compromise infant health and development. Despite wide-ranging public health implications, the timing of milk delivery has received little empirical study, and no major pediatric or public health organization has issued recommendations regarding the circadian-matching of milk. However, potential adverse developmental and health consequences could be ameliorated by simple, low-cost interventions to label and circadian-match stored milk. The current paper reviews evidence for human milk as chrononutrition and makes recommendations for future research, practice, and policy.
(if RF alters chronobiology we are all in deep weeds, I believe it does)
HEALHT LIGHTING: LED Lights Can Cause Irreversible Eye Damage, According to French Health Authority
HEALTH: Geopathic Stress Documentary 1 hour 10 minutes video
Published on Feb 14, 2012
Over the past century we have developed technologies, such as mobile phones, that pose a direct threat to our future health, but there is an equally harmful radiation that comes from the earth and could be responsible for many of the health problems facing the modern world. It is called ‘Geopathic Stress’. This documentary looks at the effect of geopathic stress and electromagnetic radiation on our health. For the first time ever, a link is established between them. This ground-breaking documentary is a wake-up call for the modern medical and scientific establishments and also for anyone who has an interest in their own health.
(where people who developed cancer were sleeping)
HEALTH OT MONSANTO: Non-profit reveals how Monsanto’s spying and intimidation operation is out of control
New documents reveal Monsanto’s ‘fusion center’ aimed at targeting and discrediting journalists and critics
HEALTH OT: The “Science” That Google Relies On (Lynn McTaggart)
A good percentage of the medical research published in the world’s top medical literature is ghostwritten. In the pharmaceutical world, ‘ghostwriting’ has a particular meaning. A drugs company will hire a PR firm — known in pharma-speak as a ‘medical education and communication company (MECC)’ – to prepare clinical trials, engage a ghost to write an article with a positive spin on the results, and then enlist a prominent academic to put his name to a paper he’s had nothing to do with in order to give it a patina of respectability. This ‘study’ will then be submitted (and usually published) in a respectable medical journal.That study then is published and becomes part of the scientific canon.
I’ve written about the following case study before, but it’s worth reiterating it here.
HEALTH: Vitamin D deficiency and risk of cardiovascular diseases: a narrative review
HEALTH: How to Remove Glyphosate from the Body and Restore Digestive Health
HOUSING SMART HOME UPCOMING ROUNDTABLE: Our WIRED SCHOOLS group is planning an upcoming (recording later this month through ZOOM) Roundtable – we would like to feature THREE expert panelists. We already have our certified building biologist in place – Risa Suzuki –but we would also like to add an appraiser and a medical practitioner – one with experience in EMR – environmental medicine – epidemiology, etc. who might address the health impacts from the EMR inside a so-called “Smart Home”.
We plan to use HGTV’s 2019 “Smart Home”with all its 17 powerful radiating gadgets as an example.
When I asked Risa if she’d guesstimate the radiation levels in a house like this, she offered:
to “Easily in the thousands of microwatts/meter squared. Smart homes also have a massive control center; most tech heavy homes also have boosters/mesh networks as well. Unwinding the tech is also very costly and not as straightforward as you’d think because the switches aren’t traditional (i.e. they’ve all got chips) so it’s not an easy switch”
We plan to inform the HGTV designer of this home of this plan – to invite her to be a participating attendee and will open to public to attend (free) with audio/video muted. They will be able to see the discussion live and post their questions in CHAT panel to be reviewed at the end of the session. We plan to not run longer than an hour. After a light edit, it will be posted on my YouTube channel.
We also plan to invite Realtor(s) to be participating attendees as well for they have shown great interest in learning this information. In fact, we have been invited to present before a local Realtor Association’s education session next month!
Wondering whether with all the talent among this group, if there are appraiser/medical practitioners with interest/availability to join us for this project. If so, kindly respond to this message.
Many thanks for your time and consideration.
Regards, Christine Zipps Investigative Health Journalist & Founder
Studio LUNA Press YouTube: Christine Zipps
PRIVACY: Facebook Loses Facial Recognition Appeal, Must Face Privacy Class Action
PRIVACY: How to Protect Yourself From Camera and Microphone Hacking
Use these tips for an easy security boost
SECURITY: Cyberattack Warning As Dangerous Issues Found On Popular Office Printers: Report
SECURITY: Naples, FL becomes latest victim of cyberattack
SMART HOMES: IoT security: Protect your home against cyberattacks
SMART HOMES: DEF CON 2019: Researchers Demo Hacking Google Home for RCE
SMART METERS: Stratford smart meter 1
2010 6 minute video Martin Weatherall
SMART METERS: PPL Terminates Electricity for Smart Meter Refusal
6 minute video
Pennsylvania Power and Light terminates siblings’ electricity for not accepting a smart meter in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Donna tells her story and what it is like to be sensitive to electromagnetic radiation from smart meters.
SMART METERS UK: A smart meter runs up £1,148 bill
I was a customer of Economy Energy when it collapsed last December. I’d made monthly payments by direct debit and assumed all was up to date. However, we have just received a demand of £1,148 from its administrators Grant Thornton with the threat of a debt collection agency if not paid within 10 days. This is an error, caused by a smart meter fitted last autumn. The bill showed a massive sudden increase in gas usage and must have been due a recording error. I was trying to resolve it with Economy when it went bust.
UTILITIES FEATURED: Michael Moore-backed doc ‘Planet of the Humans’ explores alternative energy’s shortcomings
Posted By Sonia Khaleel on Thu, Aug 8, 2019 at 6:54 pm
Planet of the Humans, a documentary promoted by Michael Moore, explores the proposed solutions of alternative energy and unveils the industry’s ongoing dependence on fossil fuels.
Director Jeff Gibbs, a collaborator of Moore’s who produced Fahrenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine, looks into whether the environmental movement will even address the growing climate change concerns faced by our planet. In the doc, the filmmaker profiles biofuel, windmills, electric cars, solar panels, and more, and discovers that alternative energy is still very much intertwined with both natural gas and coal in multiple ways. In short, the filmmakers stated that we as a society are “addicted” to fossil fuels, according to The Associated Press.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — What if alternative energy isn’t all it’s cracked up to be? That’s the provocative question explored in the documentary “Planet of the Humans,” which is backed and promoted by filmmaker Michael Moore and directed by one of his longtime collaborators. It premiered last week at his Traverse City Film Festival.
The film, which does not yet have distribution, is a low-budget but piercing examination of what the filmmakers say are the false promises of the environmental movement and why we’re still “addicted” to fossil fuels. Director Jeff Gibbs takes on electric cars, solar panels, windmills, biomass, biofuel, leading environmentalist groups like the Sierra Club, and even figures from Al Gore and Van Jones, who served as Barack Obama’s special adviser for green jobs, to 350.orgleader Bill McKibben, a leading environmentalist and advocate for grassroots climate change movements.
Gibbs, who produced Moore’s “Bowling for Columbine” and “Fahrenheit 9/11,” didn’t set out to take on the environmental movement. He said he wanted to know why things weren’t getting better. But when he started pulling on the thread, he and Moore said they were shocked to find how inextricably entangled alternative energy is with coal and natural gas, since they say everything from wind turbines to electric car charging stations are tethered to the grid, and even how two of the Koch brothers — Charles and David — are tied to solar panel production through their glass production business.
“It turned out the wakeup call was about our own side,” Gibbs said in a phone interview. “It was kind of crushing to discover that the things I believed in weren’t real, first of all, and then to discover not only are the solar panels and wind turbines not going to save us … but (also) that there is this whole dark side of the corporate money … It dawned on me that these technologies were just another profit center.”
Both know the film is going to be a “tough pill to swallow.” It was a difficult eye-opener for them as well.
“We all want to feel good about something like the electric car, but in the back of your head somewhere you’ve thought, ’Yeah, but where is the electricity coming from? And it’s like, ‘I don’t want to think about that, I’m glad we have electric cars,’” Moore said. “I’ve passed by the windmill farms, and oh it’s so beautiful to see them going, and don’t tell me that we’ve gone too far now and it isn’t going to save us … Well, my feeling is just hit me with everything. I’m like let’s just deal with it now, all at once.”
It’s part of the reason why they had to make it independently. Gibbs said he tried for years to get an environmental group on board to help offset the costs, only to be turned down at every door. He was further disheartened when, in the film, he approaches people like Jones, McKibben and a local Sierra Club leader, and asks them about their stance on biofuel and biomass. Biomass, like wood and garbage, can be used to produce heat and is considered a renewable source of energy. It can also be converted to gas or liquid biofuels that can be burned for energy.
He finds every one ill-prepared to comment on their stance about the biomass process, which the documentary says requires cutting down enormous numbers of trees to produce the woodchips that are converted into energy. Neither Jones nor McKibben responded to request for comment from The Associated Press.
“I like so many people in the film and I’m one of those people who wanted to believe all of these years that that was the right path,” Moore said. ”(But) I refuse to let us die out. I refuse to let this planet die.”
They were even nervous to show it to the festival crowd, where they expected maybe a “50-50 response.” Instead, they got a standing ovation. And there were even members of The Sierra Club there.
“It’s up to people who actually share the same values to sometimes call each other out and bring out the uncomfortable truths,” Gibbs said. “This is not a film by climate change deniers, this is a film by people who really care about the environment.”
Although the findings will be disheartening, both Gibbs and Moore say they hope that it inspires people to reset and start thinking differently.
“Now we can begin to come up with the right solutions that might make a difference … The film doesn’t have the answers but it will get us asking a better set of questions,” Gibbs said. “I really do trust that when millions of people are discussing an issue, answers will emerge … This is what we do as humans, we solve problems, but we’ve got to have the right questions.”
UTILTIES: ‘Smart charging’ needed to help manage electric vehicles’ toll on power grid
Several utilities are testing new programs and technology to encourage drivers to fill up batteries during off-peak hours.
UTILITIES: Most Profitable Part of Solar Power Is Switching Currents
UTILITIES: New Mexico governor wants to upend PRC as regulators skirt clean energy law
UTILITIES NY: Sullivan County concerned with proposed NYSEG rate increase
NYSEG’s request for a rate increase is tied to improvements in several areas of service, including measures to improve the reliability and resiliency of electric service, improved emergency planning, new incentives for qualifying businesses to improve their energy efficiency, and the deployment of advanced technologies such as smart meters.
The utility also proposes to make some changes to customer service, including closing walk-in offices including the one in the Town of Liberty.
“The County’s point of view in commenting on the rate case has been, ‘What does this mean for our residents and businesses?’” said Potosek. “The proposed rate increase is estimated to add about $10 a month to most residential customers’ bills. We think this is exorbitant, but whatever rate increase the PSC ultimately approves, in the aggregate it will represent a lot of new revenue for NYSEG. So we have read carefully the various rate plans to examine how NYSEG will apply whatever rate increase they are granted towards improved services that will benefit our community as a whole.”
UTILITES: Rhode Island Becomes the First State to File Climate Suit Vs. Oil Industry