Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

PG&E SmartMeter exec tries to anonymously infiltrate activists, didn't realize name showed w email

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
This topic is archived.
Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010) Donate to DU
 
Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-09-10 03:04 PM
Original message
PG&E SmartMeter exec tries to anonymously infiltrate activists, didn't realize name showed w email
PG&E SmartMeter exec tries to infiltrate activists

A Pacific Gas and Electric Co. executive in charge of the utility's SmartMeter program admitted Monday that he used a fake name in an effort to join an Internet discussion group of SmartMeter opponents.

William Devereaux, senior director of the $2.2 billion SmartMeter program, used the name "Ralph" when he sent an e-mail to the moderator of a discussion group for people trying to block deployment of the new, wireless electricity and gas meters. But his real name appeared next to his e-mail address. :silly:

The moderator recognized him immediately. Devereaux has often spoken publicly in defense of the meters, rejecting criticism that they may be inaccurate or that their radio-frequency emissions may be a potential health hazard.

"This shows that this guy PG&E has been putting forward to all the local governments, saying SmartMeters are safe and accurate, has had his credibility severely damaged," said Joshua Hart, with the group Stop Smart Meters. Hart's organization, and several others fighting PG&E over the meters, published Devereaux's e-mail Monday and called for an investigation by the California Legislature into the entire SmartMeter program


Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/1...
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
AspenRose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-09-10 03:05 PM
Response to Original message
1. Dumbass!
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Ozymanithrax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-09-10 03:06 PM
Response to Original message
2. Stupid is as stupid does. n/t
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
TheWraith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-09-10 03:16 PM
Response to Original message
3. This was stupid of him, but honestly, the opposition is pretty stupid themselves.
There's no reason a conventional meter would be more accurate than a radio one. And as for safety, this reminds me of the people who freak out about 500 watt cell phone towers near their homes, never realizing that they live just as close to a 100,000 watt radio station.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
immoderate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-09-10 03:22 PM
Response to Original message
4. I hope the activists have some reasons for their resistance.
Inaccurate? That has nothing to do with wireless. It's an electric meter! Make it accurate.

Radio waves? Not that shit again!

--imm

Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
Salviati Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-09-10 04:38 PM
Response to Reply #4
6. Yeah, the stupid... it burns!
from both parties in this story
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
immoderate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-09-10 05:34 PM
Response to Reply #6
7. The executive might have done better to announce himself.
I have heard that some people claim huge discrepancies when they are converted to smart meters. That can be settled without yelling.

PG&E has a spotty reputation. And I wouldn't be surprised if they have their thumb on the scale. So let's prove it.

--imm
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
pacalo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-09-10 04:04 PM
Response to Original message
5. I'm a self-taught computer user & my common sense & observation skills told me
long ago that one's name can be seen whenever the e-mail address is submitted.

Most "Ralphs" use secondary yahoo-type accounts when they're seeking anonymity.
Printer Friendly | Permalink |  | Top
 
DU AdBot (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view 
this author's profile Click to add 
this author to your buddy list Click to add 
this author to your Ignore list Tue Feb 20th 2018, 04:51 PM
Response to Original message
Advertisements [?]
 Top

Home » Discuss » Archives » General Discussion (1/22-2007 thru 12/14/2010) Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC