Opposition far from ‘hysteria’

Tom Fletcher may be right, chemophobia has spawned hydrophobia (smart meters) or, is it radiation paranoia?

Re: B.C. Views column  by Tom Fletcher.

Tom Fletcher wrote: “The parallels between local governments responses to smart meters “hysteria,” (my quotation marks) and this scientifically ignorant push against “pesticides,” is mass hysteria over nothing.

Tom Fletcher may be right, chemophobia has spawned hydrophobia (smart meters) or, is it radiation paranoia?

A robot is a mechanical device that is programmed to perform a specific task. The smart meter is a BC Hydro robot and humans instinctively fear a creation they have no direct control over. People feel the smart meter robot is controlling them, which triggers the hysteria.

Yelling fire in a darkened theatre can cause mass hysteria. Is this what BC Hydro has done? Through the introduction of smart meters, has BC Hydro yelled fire, thereby creating the hysteria wrapping itself around the minds of British Columbians?

This mass hysteria over smart meters is a world wide phenomenon not strictly Canadian. Underwriters laboratory scientists have not approved smart meters. The Canadian Standards Association’s scientists have not approved smart meters.

Forty one communities in B.C., including the City of Vancouver, have voted to halt installation of the meters, or allow for opt-ins. The medical dictionary defines hysteria as a socially contagious frenzy or irrational behavior in a group of people as a reaction to an event. Forty one communities halting the installation of these robots? That, Mr. Fletcher, is a lot of hysteria.

Mr. Fletcher has taken it upon himself to give medical diagnosis (sans an M.D.’s credentials) of B.C. residents, who, through hysteria, oppose smart meters.

I will make an assumption that Mr. Fletcher is either:

1. A member of the board of BC Hydro

2. Has heavily invested his retirement pension in BC Hydro or Corix.

Phil MacLeod