Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Are you feeling irradiatated yet?

In today's Press Democrat, I read an article about Pacific Gas & Electric switching over to wireless meters in the local area. It seems that some residents in nearby Sebastopol are up in arms over the new technology, fearing the effects of additional electromagnetic radiation. Of course, such people are routinely labeled "wackos". We are told by the corporations that what they do is safe, and it is up to us to prove otherwise.

Though the community defeated the plan to install free wi-fi downtown (stemming from the same fears,) PG&E officials essentially told residents "tough", the plan is moving forward despite these objections.

So who is responsible for proving the increased presence of microwave, radio, and other electromagnetic fields in our environment is harmless for humans?

Who was responsible for proving lead pipes and lead paints were safe?

Who was responsible for proving DDT was safe?

Who was responsible for proving asbestos was safe?

Who was responsible for proving tobacco was safe?

Who was responsible for proving "Agent Orange" was safe for the humans who were doused with it?

Who was responsible for proving Bovine Growth Hormone was safe?

Who is responsible for proving Syngenta's atrazine herbicide, now linked to hormone disruption, was safe?

Who was responsible for proving chlorofluorocarbons, Bisphenol A and pthalates were safe?

Who was responsible for proving Toyota throttle and braking systems were safe?

Whenever possible, powerful corporations shirk their responsibility for the safety and welfare of the communities they "serve". By declaring "we have no evidence our product causes harm," they shift the burden of proof to the community and government regulators. In this way, they routinely externalize the costs to society.

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