Via Green Hell,  Australia’s quest for its citizens to live in green harmony with nature apparently finds some of them expendable.  Andrew Bolt from the Herald Sun:  Green obsession puts deadly heat on elderly

…Victoria’s chief health officer, Dr John Carnie, this week said some 374 Victorians may have been killed by the January heat wave, most of them old.

In South Australia, the toll is estimated at 80.

Just how many died because power blackouts knocked out their airconditioning is not known. And I doubt either government will ever say.

But what we are told is that both states now have plans to cut off the airconditioning – or make it too costly for pensioners to use – just when the heat is at its most lethal and the lives of the elderly hang in the balance.

The power infrastructure has not kept up with the growth in demand.  A rational response to that would be to increase the supply.  What is environmentally-conscious Australia’s response?  Use less, even if it kills you:

…In Victoria, Deputy Premier Rob Hulls has urged people to avoid airconditioning. In South Australia, the Rann Government did the same as January’s heatwave neared, citing environmental reasons.

It’s the typical government response in these useless green times – to tell people to use less of what governments should actually provide more, whether water, power or land for urban housing.

Trouble is, airconditioning actually saves the lives of the elderly and sick. They are the first to die in extreme temperatures, as we saw as far back as Black Friday in 1939, when 438 people died from heat over just a few days, and despite the much smaller population.

The machines will decide how cool you are:

Victoria will soon lead a national roll-out of smart meters meant to force us to use less power during the peak period – from 2pm to 8pm on working days, just when temperatures tend to be highest.

…Even worse is the plan by ETSA Utilities, South Australia’s main electricity distributor, to install remote-controlled switches in homes so it can turn off the compressors of airconditioners when power use is too high. As in during a heatwave.

So just as the heat gets too much for the old or weak, some technician in an ETSA office far away can cut their airconditioning with a flick of a switch.

They call it smart energy distribution.  I call it killing for Gaia. The Green Church of Australia has added a modern technological twist to the ancient practice of human sacrifice, and has chosen some of its weakest members for the starring role.  It’s disgraceful and Australians should be shouting loudly about it.

According to Wikipedia, a smart meter “generally refers to a type of advanced meter (usually an electrical meter) that identifies consumption in more detail than a conventional meter; and optionally, but generally, communicates that information via some network back to the local utility for monitoring and billing purposes (telemetering).”  A database with your every electrical move documented.  That will make it convenient for them when the government nationalizes the electric energy industry.

Oh, by the way, the President is a big fan of smart meters.  The foundation for their nationwide installation was laid in the stimulus bill.

We could set up systems so that everybody in each house have their own smart meters that will tell you when to turn off the lights, when the peak hours are, can help you sell back energy that you’ve generated in your home through a solar panel or through other mechanisms.

California has toyed with the idea of remotely-controlling thermostats.
The resultant public screaming put a stake in that idea’s heart,
temporarily, until the next crisis/opportunity arises.  And it will.  Bet on it.  The President has.