A recent editorial by Beth Conneley, Rock island Clean Line project manager, was very careful to address only the types of fields produced by high-voltage lines. The editorial was refuting was siting the work done by my husband and reported by me to the Block RICL grass roots organization.
“My reputation is on the line in the community in which I live and serve, and the information used was carefully screened for accuracy. Since the editorial, additional studies have been uncovered which directly name HVDC lines as the culprit in adverse health effects. The information from the studies repeatedly questions the ‘trusted’ sources quoted by ‘Clean Line’ Energy’s advocates. This technical information will be used in November to testify before the Missouri Public Service Commission in Jefferson City,” said Dr. Dennis Smith. (Note: Dr. Dennis Smith is the husband of Laurie Smith, author of this piece.)
Clean Line managers and land developers have been flooding papers in would-be affected counties with their propaganda, touting their passion for wind energy. These power lines have little if anything to do with wind energy, since they are not needed to utilize it. Clean Line execs typically implore the public to turn to trusted sources, which is exactly what we want them to do.
After all, the area of education of the RICL and Grain Belt Express pushers is business and communications; their expertise is in the art of the deal, how to manipulate statements to their advantage, and how to turn a fast buck. Is this reason to trust them?
They have determined to discredit Dr. Smith because his research threatens their venture. Along with discounting him, they also must take down the numerous scientists, electromagnetic experts, and doctors who have done countless studies pointing to the harms of this type of electromagnetic field exposure.
Beth Conneley, Adhar Johnson, Hans Deitweiller and other Clean Line agents refute health concerns with Clean Line’s go-to documentation of the one out-ated statement made by the World Health Organization that there were no known health risks.
Much more recently, the WHO has revised its statement and classified the emissions from these lines a class 2B carcinogen, as has the Environmental Protection Agency. The Deparment of Housing and Urban Development has ruled the lines and towers “a hazard and a nuisance,” and Federal Housing Administration appraisals have to be adjusted to address the effect these lines have on marketability of properties near the lines.
The highly-respected, non-partisan U.S. Government Accounting Office expressed many of the same concerns voiced by citizens regarding HVDC lines in its report to Congress in 2008.
Dr. Smith also discovered the following statute:
Exercise of eminent domain over private property for economic development purposes prohibited – definition.
523.271. 1. No condemning authority shall acquire private property through the process of eminent domain for solely economic development purposes. 2. For the purposes of this section, “economic development” shall mean a use of a specific piece of property or properties which would provide an increase in the tax base, tax revenues, employment, and general economic health, and does not include the elimination of blighted, substandard, or unsanitary conditions, or conditions rendering the property or its surrounding area a conservation area as defined in section 99.805.
Missouri Revised Statutes
Our Randolph County Commissioners have welcomed Clean Line to our county for the exact reasons that the statue prohibits and have voiced at public meetings their support for those reasons prohibited in the statute.
Dr. Smith is trusted in this community, as he has been in all communities in which he’s lived. I make no apologies in stating that he has had a stellar medical career, having graduated in the top 5 percent of his medical class and having received multiple awards and accolades for his single-minded service to his God-given mission in public health. He maintains excellent rapport with former hospitals where he has been employed and would be whole-heartedly welcomed back to any of those facilities.
Consider also the editorials that have been submitted by the many respected members of the community, your lon-time friends and associates who oppose this line. Shall we then trust some wealthy business people whose real passion is increasing their profits, or should we trust scientists and doctors who are devotees to public health and safety? It’s not a difficult choice.
LAURIE SMITH resides in Moberly, Mo.
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