Boulders (or at least rocks) in the Path of the ‘Smart Grid’ Juggernaut
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Northern California – in the service area of energy giant Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) – is one of a growing number of epi-centers of ratepayer resistance to the wireless ‘smart’ meter deployment by electric, gas and water utilities in this country and around the world.
Wireless so-called ‘smart’ meters are just one component of the international ‘smart grid’ project: a top-down, technocratic profit-making plan originating from the elite Davos-based World Economic Forum, and being promoted by the world’s largest consulting firm, Accenture – ‘a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company headquartered in Dublin, Republic of Ireland.’
It should be noted that Accenture is a spin-off of the discredited, and now virtually defunct, accounting firm Arthur Anderson, which helped the infamous Enron cook its books.
[ Ed. Note: Mr. James E. McAvoy of Accenture contacted us in response to the above sentence. His e-mail said in part "Accenture does not now, and has never, engaged in the practice of public accounting, and was not involved in the Enron scandal.
From its establishment in 1989 until its incorporation in 2001, Accenture was a separate legal entity and operated independently from Arthur Andersen. In 1990, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission recognized that Accenture¹s predecessor, Andersen Consulting, was a legal entity distinct from Arthur Andersen.
In 2000, in an International Chamber of Commerce arbitration decision, the ICC recognized that the partnership then named Andersen Consulting was a legally separate entity from Andersen Worldwide and the Arthur Andersen firms. The arbitrator also agreed that Andersen Consulting was not a subsidiary or division of Arthur Andersen or Andersen Worldwide. The decision confirmed that Andersen Consulting was never owned by Arthur Andersen -- so there was no spin-off or parental link.
Under the terms of the ICC ruling, Andersen Consulting was given until December 31, 2000 to adopt a new name. We began operating under the Accenture name in January 1, 2001. Accenture went public on the New York Stock Exchange in July 2001.
Regarding the Enron scandal, and Arthur Andersen’s role in it, the matter became public in the fall of 2001. According to the Grand Jury Charges filed against Arthur Andersen, “on or about October 16, 2001, Enron issued a press release announcing a $618 million net loss for the third quarter of 2001.
That same day, but not as part of the press release, Enron announced to analysts that it would reduce shareholder equity by approximately $1.2 billion. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which investigates possible violations of the federal securities laws, opened an inquiry into Enron the very next day.”http://news.findlaw.com/hdocs/docs/enron/usandersen030702ind.html
This timing makes clear that Accenture was not in any way involved in the Enron accounting scandal.
In addition, on November 7, 2003 the federal court in Houston approved the settlement of the class actions on behalf of shareholders and employees of Enron. Accenture was not a party to the settlement agreement, and under the terms of the final settlement with the class plaintiffs, Accenture was released from all claims that were brought by these plaintiff groups. This was final and conclusive proof that there was no connection between Accenture and either Arthur Andersen or Enron."
We thank Mr. for this clarification and are happy to make this correction and retraction. Eds. ]
Despite the utilities’ outrageous assertion that wireless ‘smart’ meters – with all their proven risks to safety, security, privacy, billing accuracy and human health – can be installed on people’s homes without their consent, ratepayer rebellion has been strong and is growing.
This video post is an impressionistic montage – not meant to be definitive – of just some of the people and actions so far contributing to the establishment of an ‘opt-out’ program in the PG&E service area. It should give viewers in other states and service areas empowering evidence that ‘Persistent Resistance is Fertile.’ It carries the still-unfolding story through January 2012.
Since then, the movement is turning its attention to a ‘Fight the Fees’ campaign – why should people have to pay not to be harmed by a plan about which they were not consulted, and to which they have not consented? Stay tuned…
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