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'Google PowerMeter' means regulation of your private home

By Dr. Jerome R. Corsi
© 2009 RedAlert.WND.com


With the Obama administration in power and Google on the loose, Red Alert advises all readers that their homes will no longer be their castles, at least when ability to consume energy without government interference is called into question.


Google is developing an Internet-based power monitor designed to operate in the home environment.


So, get ready, because here come the energy police.


Named the "Google PowerMeter," the software is intended to measure the precise amount of energy a house consumes and provide an accounting that lists by household location and device that consumes the electricity.


As a result, the Google PowerMeter will provide utilities and any government regulators access to data on a household's energy footprint and carbon footprint.


An easy next step would be for government regulators to demand more household energy efficiency or a reduction in carbon emissions. "Energy offenders" could be charged substantial fines, with the possibility that the truly recalcitrant could be deemed "energy criminals" subject to severe consequences.


As always, government extermination of civil liberties first arrives with a helping hand.


Google boasts its PowerMeter will make it possible for households to "make informed choices about electricity" by providing home energy consumers with detailed household "personal energy information" that will allow consumers to save up to 15 percent on their monthly energy bill.


"Even greater savings are possible if you use this information to see the value of retiring your old refrigerator, installing a new air conditioner or insulating your home," Google writes.


Billing the effort as "energy technology meets information technology," or "ET meets IT" in Google-speak, the goal is to monitor home-by-home energy consumption of every home in the nation, calculating as a byproduct the likely carbon footprint of the household.


Illustration: Google PowerMeter


What's to stop the government from just happening to ignore one or two minor legal restrictions regarding privacy infringement, the combination of population data about to be estimated by the Census Bureau's planned household survey to be administered to a sample of census respondents?


Now, armed with precise estimates of how many people live in each household in America and how much money the household makes, what is to stop the government from further intruding?


Red Alert can easily imagine a far-Left White House, such as the one currently in place, demanding the following: "Your house consumes too much energy on a national per capita quota basis, so you must either close up part of your home or make way for the government to move in a poor family or a recently immigrated family."


What would your recourse be?


The courts will probably already have determined that a generous reading of the "general welfare" clause of the Constitution authorizes the federal government to enforce energy efficiency standards on homes, much like the federal government enforces energy efficiency standards on cars and trucks.


Besides, the Supreme Court has already expanded the government's eminent domain privileges to authorize confiscation of your private property on pretexts of the common good so numerous and loosely defined that energy offenders might risk loss of their homes if they refused to comply with government energy dictates.


Still, Google insists, "At Google, we're helping enable a future where access to personal electricity information helps everyone make smarter energy choices."


Just in case a reader might be inclined to consider all this science fiction, please understand that Google is already beta-testing the PowerMeter with utility partners in the U.S., India, Germany and Canada.


"We think Google PowerMeter offers more useful and actionable feedback than complicated monthly bills that provide little detail on consumption or how to save energy," Google writes. "But Google PowerMeter is just a start; it will take a lot of different groups working together to create what the world really needs: a path to smarter power."


One thing is clear: Google's definition of "smarter power" is unlikely to have much to do with personal freedom.



DR. JEROME R. CORSI received a Ph.D. from Harvard University in political science in 1972. He is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Obama Nation and The Late Great U.S.A, as well as the forthcoming America For Sale all available from Threshold Books. He is the coauthor of Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry. Corsi is a senior staff reporter for World Net Daily.


About Red Alert:


Jerome Corsi's RED ALERT is your weekly, global financial strategies newsletter. Designed to be your guide to economic trends in the best of times and the worst of times, it is edited by New York Times best-selling author Jerome Corsi, a WND staff writer and columnist.


For 25 years, Corsi worked with banks throughout the U.S. and the world developing financial services marketing companies to assist banks in establishing broker/dealers and insurance subsidiaries to provide financial planning products and services to their retail customers.


Corsi developed three third-party financial services marketing firms that reached annual gross sales levels of $1 billion in annuities and equal volume in mutual funds. Corsi received his Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University in 1972.


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