Rush Limbaugh Gets Pwned By CenterPoint

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What? Rush was wrong about something?
Rush Limbaugh is still busy preaching to the choir these days, even if his influence on anyone who isn't a hard-core Republican has withered away.

Apparently he was ranting earlier this week about smart meters, those devices that provide consumers with extra information about their energy use.

Media Matters still keeps an eye on Rush and caught his latest delusion.

And among the people they go to in order to provide the smackdown rebuttal: Our own CenterPoint Energy, which of course has been pimping the smart meters hard.

Limbaugh's astute analysis:

Some of the greatest stories, finest reporting is coming out of the UK today. And I marvel at how on point a lot of it is. Here's a piece that ran on Sunday in the UK Telegraph by James Delingpole, entitled, "There's nothing smart about rationing electricity." And this generally is about the program in Britain that we have in some places already here, called Smart Meters, which gives the government the power to wirelessly control your heat, your air conditioning, your water flow, your electricity all from the cozy central office. Think death panels in your home - the ultimate method of nagging.

"Death panels in your home": Doesn't that refer to right-wingers ruling on what types of sex are acceptable?

Media Matters went around the country getting responses from utilities that use smart meters, and CenterPoint's Leticia Lowe -- even here in a market where many still take Limbaugh's word as gospel -- dared to, you know, use facts.

She wrote:

CenterPoint Energy's electric utility is installing approximately 2.2 million electric smart meters in the greater Houston area. The Public Utility Commission of Texas strictly regulates the connection, disconnection, and reconnection of electric service; however, the government itself has neither the authority nor the capability to control consumers' heat, air conditioning or other in-home appliances, wirelessly or otherwise. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) governs electric reliability for most of the state of Texas. ERCOT can order utilities to take temporary emergency measures, such as "rolling outages", to preserve grid reliability. Such measures would affect consumers with and without electric smart meters equally.
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kjb434
kjb434

Mr. Connelly's reporting and simple acceptance of centerpoint's response is a great disservice. If you read CenterPoint's response, it just says that it is currently not legal for utilities to limit your electricity use. It's doesn't mean it's not possible with the smart meters. If a little real research was completed by Mr. Connelly, he would have found that the Obama Administration has proposed exactly what is presented in the UK Telegraph and language to do this was in the Cap and Trade bill. The issues is that electricity use regulation can't be effective until the "smart" meters are implemented.

Also, the silly attack on Rush Limbaugh who wasn't making anything up but instead just referencing a newspaper is childish. Also, CenterPoint did not refute anything cited by Rush.

Gracie
Gracie

I am a victim of the health effects of smart meters. I have suffered migraines from the day this meter was installed, I provided Centerpoint with a physicians letter clearly stating that I have been diagnosed with EMF hypersensitivity, Centerpoint did nothing to take this meter off of my house. I have proof that this meter transmits continuously every 1-3 seconds nonstop and called Centerpoint numerous times to check if my meter is malfunctioning, they say that a tech person will call and no one ever returns my call. Aside from this personal issue that Centerpoint continues to not assist with, the continuous emissions from the frequencies of these meters has been over and over proven to cause leukemia in children and cancer as well as change in brain chemistry and a long list of other health issues. With these meters all of your private usage can be monitored, what you use and when and if you are on vacation is open info. You will be charged a grand total of $443. for a meter that is owned by Centerpoint who has given no choice in the matter to customers. Centerpoint claims smart meters are "green" there is nothing "green" about a system that increases the level of microwave frequency radiation in the home, community, and environment! Shame on you Centerpoint!!!!!!!http://www.ipetitions.com/peti... www.bansmartmeters.com

SmartMeterDangers
SmartMeterDangers

Wireless smart meters (and that's all we have in America so far) ARE death boxes. They are making people sick all over the nation. I am one of them. Visit www.smartmeterdangers.org to learn the science and how this can happen. Utilities have huge sums in grants from US Dept of Energy or huge investments. They are hearing from people often who are sick but they ignore them, not wanting to admit they caused it. No matter what anyone thinks of Limbaugh, this is a breath of fresh air, a hope that the nation can find out these dangers before it is too late. www.twitter.com/no2SmartMeters for all the articles and www.smartmeterdangers.com for the research and expert warnings.

tubewer
tubewer

How much did Centerpoint pay for this article to be written? I hope you didn't sell your soul or integrity cheap, Houston Press.

Rush Limbaugh doesn't like smart meters. A group of democrats calling themselves pro-choice and pro-gay marriage don't like smart meters (http://www.democratsagainstuna.... There is a whole list of other groups of conservatives, liberals, greens, and libertarians that vehemently oppose smart meters.

32 local governments in California have come out in one way or another (resolutions, ordinances, etc) to stop the installation of smart meters in their jurisdictions, but PG&E continues to install them anyway.

These meters cause prices to go up for a myriad of reasons that are completely out of the control of the resident. All kinds of things can be done remotely to a home's electricity usage and appliances--disconnection, reconnection even if you don't want it, and turning off individual appliances (there are tons of utility company quotes where they brag that they will do this). Smart meters have caused fires during and after installation. There is suspicion that a spark from a smart meter (which were fully installed at the time) set off the San Bruno explosion where an entire neighborhood was leveled. The California PUC won't even investigate it.

One scientist said each meter is like a cell phone tower on your house. The radiation effects on health-- immediate and long-term illnesses like cancer and leukemia--are well known and documented. And privacy problems--your activities can be monitored by the usage data that is sent every 15 minutes, they are easily hacked (and no basic security measures have even been put in place to prevent it) so anyone can control one individual or everyone's power. I can't see it as anything but a terrorist's dream.

http://www.stopsmartmeters.org http://www.bansmartmeters.com (Texas)http://www.ipetitions.com/peti... (Texas)

Rorschach
Rorschach

It's funny that when ERCOT instituted rolling blackouts a while back, the only people that I know that lost power were people with "smart meters". I refuse to pay money to Centerpoint to install a meter that gives ALL of the control and benefits to Centerpoint and none to me. If it is so advantageous to Centerpoint that I have a Smart meter, then maybe Centerpoint needs to figure out how to pay for it themselves instead of sticking me with the bill.

Reedpappy
Reedpappy

In 1989, I believe it was, Houston Lighting and Power wanted to install what were then called "demand meters." The public saw it for what it was: an attempt to raise rates.Media were inundated with complaints, and HL&P withdrew its proposal.

Now, CenterPoint has done what its predecessor HL&P could not: installed demand meters under a new name, SmartMeters. They raise your rates on electricity you use during normal times. They justify this by offering a discount (to the old rate) if you are willing to get up in the middle of the night to do chores like washing, drying, ironing, cooking, etc.

They had the nerve to get stimulus funds for the beginning of this operation -- and then to charge the public a fee for each meter installed. Supposedly one can check online to find out how you are doing on electricity use, but this system is not up and running yet. Meanwhile, they will rent you -- for $5 a month -- a device that will tell you how much you are being screwed.

MASSMURDERMEDIA
MASSMURDERMEDIA

media matters, eh? well, there's an agenda-free outlet if i ever heard of one. i don't know what criteria one uses to determine rush's influence is dwindling, but his listenership has been consistent over the years. and those who don't rely on second hand analysis realize it's conservativism that rush espouses, not the republican party, as he has been highly critical of them for quite some time for not being conservative enough.

of course centerpoint and others do not intend to regulate energy consumption. that would be like mcdonalds saying "you ate here yesterday, go away". but rush's point about government control of energy is not that delusional as we witness the stampede for stimulus dollars. how beholden to the government might these companies become?

and that concern, while remote for the moment, pales in comparison to the security issues at stake. these so called smart meters are, in their present state, highly vulnerable to hackers and whatever abuses they care to remotely inflict.

UziGal
UziGal

He also does not know: the difference between trade unions and industrial unions or how hybrid cars work; anything about hydraulic fracturing of natural gas shales or well bore design; or, anything about astrophysics or cosmology (which he thinks is astrology). He has opined at length on these things as if he were an expert.

H_e_x
H_e_x

Rush Limbaugh: The ultimate troll. He isn't interested in having rational discussions, he just want to rile up his base of followers who are not interested in debating either. You try to kill them with kindness, but it's all for nothing.

Longhorn289
Longhorn289

I'm sure Rush will reply that Ms.Lowe is all part of the greater conspiracy. He and his idiot followers never let facts get in the way of their uninformed opinions and statements.

Jim C
Jim C

If Rush Limbaugh had a smart meter, it would get pack up and leave in disgust after 15 minutes.

Mr Moderate
Mr Moderate

Rorschach, Centerpoint is the regulated piece of the electrical puzzle. They get to recover their costs, just like HL&P did in the old days.

bibulb
bibulb

Not up and running yet? You mean www.smartmetertexas.com, up right now?

I know that I'm getting weekly updates directly from Centerpoint via email as to usage patterns already, without having signed on at smartmetertexas itself.

ribalding
ribalding

Idea:

If you don't know the facts, hush up and vote for smart people.

You, sir, do not know how any of this actually works.

Ribalding
Ribalding

I won't get into all the issues I have with your post, but lets get one thing straight:

Centerpoint would LOVE IT if you conserved energy. That way they don't have to build new power plants. Power plants are expensive. Maintaining existing infrastructure and sending out monthly bills is not.

Trust me. I was doing automation/energy management before there was a phrase for it.

Wyatt
Wyatt

He actually admits this himself. It's no secret.

Mallensr1
Mallensr1

I see you don;t have a smart meter or smarts!!!!!!!!!!

Violetta34
Violetta34

Ribalding: you sound more knowing about this issue than most, and your prior post is interesting and logical.

I'll try to learn more about this; in the meantime, I'd certainly welcome any more of your commentary about this issue.

Seems fair that any business could offer an incentive to boost off-hours consumption, especially on a semi-perishable product; but are they really raising rates to compensate? And I don't understand the fed/stimulus point he's making. Thanks!

MASSMURDERMEDIA
MASSMURDERMEDIA

mcdonald's would LOVE IT if you ate less of their junk.chevron would LOVE IT if you used less of their gas.kroger would LOVE IT if you bought less of their groceries.old navy would LOVE IT if you wore less of their clothing.sprint would LOVE IT if you talked less on your phone.

makes sense to me. invoicing is such a hassle.

H_e_x
H_e_x

Which is why political debate in this country is so incendiary. People have learned that you don't have to have substance or facts in an argument. Being a blow-hard gets you so much farther with him and his base.

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