by Jerome CorsiWorldnet Daily
Google is developing an Internet-based power monitor designed to monitor energy usage inside homes. As a result, the meter will provide utilities and any government regulators access to data on a household's energy footprint and carbon footprint, Jerome Corsi's Red Alert reports.
"Get ready," Corsi warned. "Here come the energy police."
Named the 'Google Power Meter' 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.
"An easy next step would be for government regulators to demand more household energy efficiency or a reduction in carbon emissions," Corsi wrote. "'Energy offenders' could be charged substantial fines, with the possibility that the truly recalcitrant could be deemed 'energy criminals' subject to severe consequences."
He noted, "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 bills.
"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.
"What's to stop the government from just happening to ignore one or two minor legal restrictions regarding privacy infringement?" Corsi asked. "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?"
Corsi said the courts will likely determine 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.
"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," Corsi noted.
Still, Google insists, "At Google, we're helping enable a future where access to personal electricity information helps everyone make smarter energy choices."
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."
Corsi wrote, "One thing is clear: Google's definition of 'smarter power' is unlikely to have much to do with personal freedom to consume energy, even if you are willing to pay for it, unless you also conform with Google's definition of what 'smarter power' means."
Red Alert's author, whose books "The Obama Nation" and "Unfit for Command" have topped the New York Times best-sellers list, received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in political science in 1972. For nearly 25 years, beginning in 1981, he worked with banks throughout the U.S. and around the world to develop 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. In this career, Corsi developed three different third-party financial services marketing firms that reached gross sales levels of $1 billion in annuities and equal volume in mutual funds. In 1999, he began developing Internet-based financial marketing firms, also adapted to work in conjunction with banks.
In his 25-year financial services career, Corsi has been a noted financial services speaker and writer, publishing three books and numerous articles in professional financial services journals and magazines.
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