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Have you heard of climate change, carbon credits, and the term carbon footprint?  Have you heard that the United States uses too much of the world’s energy?  Suppose that an international global authority (United Nations) decides that it is time to share; to spread the available energy evenly throughout the population of not only your community, but throughout your state, country and hemisphere.

Utility companies across the United States and the world are in a rush to upgrade power grids and link them together.

Their stated goal is to improve response times for power outages and provide customers online access to power consumption data which would allow customers to better manage their energy bills.

The smart meter on your home or business will monitor power usage at regular short intervals.  Instead of a monthly calculation of power usage, real time data will be available on how, when, and what you power up.  In theory you will benefit by having details of how you consume power and you can make adjustments to realize cost savings.  There will be different rates assigned to peak hours of usage and off-peak hours.  Theoretically you could alter your lifestyle to lower your bill with this information.  Perhaps you could do laundry or run your dishwasher in the middle of the night to take advantage of off-peak rates.  It will also do away with estimated bills. There would no longer be meter readers entering your property.  The data gathered by the smart meters will send your data via a wireless transmitter to a neighborhood gathering point and ultimately to the power company.

Household appliances are now being sold with smart chips installed.  These chips enable two-way communication.  Not only will the utility company know when and what is powered up, they will also be able to shut down the appliance if it becomes necessary to comply with government guidelines.

The tools to accomplish this goal are now being installed on our homes and businesses with little warning or understanding.

The tie-in to Agenda 21

Agenda 21 is a comprehensive plan of action to be taken globally, nationally and locally by organizations of the United Nations System, Governments, and Major Groups in every area in which human impacts on the environmentSection I, Chapter 4, paragraph 4.1 states:

This chapter contains the following program areas: 

(a) Focusing on unsustainable patterns of production and consumption;

(b) Developing national policies and strategies to encourage changes in unsustainable consumption patterns.

Smart meters, in conjunction with the smart grid, will facilitate the sharing of energy and controlling “unsustainable consumption.

Who is funding the Smart Grid and Smart Meters?

According to the Wall Street Journal, February 17, 2009, $4.4 Billion was allocated from the Stimulus Bill for “modernization of the electric grid”.  Detroit Edison was selected as one of the utilities to run a pilot program to test implementation of Smart Meters.  In addition to federal government funding, the Michigan Public Service Commission erroneously granted $37 Million for the program.  Following a suit filed by the Attorney General of the State of Michigan, the state Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the $37 Million dollar rate increase and ordered utilities to justify this rate increase and submit information to the Michigan Public Service Commission on the following topics:

  • The electric utility’s existing plans for the deployment of smart meters in its service territory
  • The estimated cost of deploying smart meters throughout its service territory and any sources of funding;
  • An estimate of the savings to be achieved by the deployment of smart meters;
  • An explanation of an other non-monetary benefits that might be realized from the deployment of smart meters;
  • Any scientific information known to the electric utility that bears on the safety of the smart meters to be deployed by that utility;
  • An explanation of the type of information that will be gathered by the electric utility through the use of smart meters;
  • An explanation of the steps that the electric utility intends to take to safeguard the privacy of the customer information so gathered;
  • Whether the electric utility intends to allow customers to opt out of having a smart meter; and
  • How the electric utility intends to recover the cost of an opt-out program, if one will exist.

The 90 day comment period for the above MPSC investigation were closed on April 16, 2012.

To date, many local municipalities have held hearings on the deployment of smart meters in their communities; among them Rochester, Dearborn, Ferndale, and Bruce Township.  On April 25th, 2012 the Bruce Township Planning Commission discussed wording for a resolution to present to the Board of Trustees to call for a moratorium on the deployment of smart meters in Bruce Township.  At this meeting, Jan DeBeauclair spoke on the overriding issues of concern; the violation of the 4th Amendment to the United Sates Constitution which states:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

Secondary to the violation of our 4th Amendment rights are questions about increased billing costs, implementation costs, radio frequency safety concerns, opt out programs, and perhaps a very real concern about internet security of our electric grid from hackers and terrorists.

Pending Legislation

State Representative Tom McMillin, 45th district has written bill HB 5411 which will require an opt-out choice for customers; prohibit penalties; prohibit data collection more than once per month; require utilities to report to house and senate once per year as to compliance with this bill.

State Representative Paul Opsommer, 93rd district has written bill, HB 5439 which will prohibit utilities from making service contingent on installation of advanced meters; financial incentives for customer compliance; installing advanced meters during a community moratorium; installing advanced meters without a customer expressly requesting one or not before 180 days after notification by utility.

Please contact your state representative with your support for these bills, and contact House Speaker Jase Bolger at: (517) 373-1787, Toll Free: 877-BOLGER-1, or email him at: to urge him to bring these bills through committee and to the floor for a vote as soon as possible.

In summary, we have only scratched the surface of information that is available by doing simple searches online.  We urge each and every one of you to do your own due diligence and learn as much as you can.  Armed with what you learn, contact your local municipality, state representatives, and senators to express your concerns.  Act now!


The Romeo Area Tea Party Presents
Hal Shurtleff
Regional Field Director of the John Birch Society
discussing the dangers of Agenda21

Hal Shurtleff was born and raised in Boston, MA.  He served nine years in the U.S. Army and Army Reserve.  He joined The John Birch Society in 1988, started a local chapter in 1989, and came on the staff of The JBS as New England coordinator in 1990.  He was appointed Regional Field Director in 2000.  Hal has appeared as a guest on numerous radio and cable TV shows throughout the Northeast and as a speaker at patriotic and civic organizations.  Hal is a well sought after speaker on the topic of Agenda 21.  Hal is married and has five children. 

INTRODUCTION OF AGENDA 21: Effective execution of Agenda 21 will require a profound reorientation of all human society, unlike anything the world has ever experienced — a major shift in the priorities of both governments and individuals and an unprecedented redeployment of human and financial resources. This shift will demand that a concern for the environmental consequences of every human action be integrated into individual and collective decision-making at every level.

To learn more about this troubling plan proposed by the United Nations check out this blog post by the Heritage Foundation and be sure to attend the Romeo Area Tea Party’s next meeting:


March 21, 2012 – 7:00 PM

The Palazzo Grande 54669 Van Dyke (south of 25 Mile Rd.)
Shelby Township, Michigan 48316

Admission: Free


Due to popular demand, we will be re-showing the movie AGENDA Monday, March 26th, at the Washington Township Hall – see below for details.

The award-winning documentary by Black Hat Films

“It’s not just another conspiracy theory”

Written and directed by Curtis Bowers

“AGENDA is the most powerful expose of the communist, socialist, progressive attempt to take over America produced so far.”
-Ted Baehr, Movieguide

This event will be held Monday, March 26th, 2012, @ 7:00 p.m. at the Washington Township Offices (senior activity center)
57900 Van Dyke, Washington, Michigan 48094

Admission: Free

Check out the trailer for AGENDA below:


Free speech? Really?

The legislation discussed in this article gives the government the authority to tamper with Internet search results by requiring firms like Google to block links to infringing websites. Imposing this limit on information providers is very disturbing and arguably a violation of the First Amendment.


Internet Censorship

Would you be outraged if the Department of Justice shut down the
Romeo Area Tea Party website without any warning and
blocked access for more than a year?

That’s exactly what happened to a hip-hop blog called, which was falsely accused of criminal copyright infringement. The blog posted music from artists promoting their work. But federal authorities viewed it differently. They seized the domain name, then shared virtually no information with its owner for more than year. Only recently did they quietly drop the case.

The government’s handling of this hip-hop blog is fueling fears about legislation moving quickly through Congress that addresses copyright infringement and online piracy.

The Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA as it’s known in the House, and the Senate’s PROTECT IP Act would give the U.S. attorney general the power and authority to block criminal enterprises from trafficking in illegal products online.

Their cause is a noble one. Business incur significant losses when Americans buy counterfeit items. Consumers must also be increasingly vigilant about purchases they make online. Federal authorities shut down more than 150 websites just last month for pirated goods.

But the two bills making their way through Congress
are the wrong solution.

They pose serious threats to freedom of speech and expression and raise security concerns. With the Senate possibly voting on the PROTECT IP Act in January and the House moving forward with hearings on SOPA, Americans should understand what’s at stake.

As the case with illustrates, the federal government already has the ability to shut down U.S.-based websites. A growing number of so-called “rogue sites” are located outside the United States, however, limiting the government’s ability to block them.

SOPA would give Attorney General Eric Holder and individual intellectual property holders the ability to sue these rogue sites if they were “dedicated to theft of U.S. property.” The government, through a court order, could take these four steps:

  1. Require Internet service providers to prevent subscribers from reaching the website in question;
  2. Prohibit search engines such as Google from providing direct links to the foreign website in search results;
  3. Prohibit payment network providers, such as PayPal or credit card firms, from completing financial transactions affecting the site; and
  4. Bar Internet advertising firms from placing online ads from or to the affected website.

“The legislation addresses a legitimate problem,” wrote Heritage’s regulatory policy expert James Gattuso, “but it may have unintended negative consequences for the operation of the Internet and free speech.”

Free speech:

The legislation gives the government the authority to tamper with Internet search results by requiring firms like Google to block links to infringing websites. Placing this limit on information providers is troubling and arguably a violation of the First Amendment. Besides, Washington’s appetite for power is uncontrollable, and this would almost certainly lead to a slippery slope of unwanted interference in the future.

Internet security:

Criminals would almost certainly discover new ways to circumvent the government’s measures. But the most glaring security problem with SOPA is the damage it would cause to DNSSEC, the new Internet system designed to limit certain crimes. This would jeopardize security across the Internet, potentially creating new challenges.

“The federal government needs to protect intellectual property rights,” Gattuso concluded in his analysis. “But it should do so in a way that does not disrupt the growth of technology, does not weaken Internet security, respects free speech rights, and solves the problem of rogue sites.”

The debate over SOPA is already among the most intense and polarizing taking place in Washington — and rightfully so. With concerns about free speech and Internet security taking center stage, lawmakers would be wise to look at alternatives when they return in January.


This information was originally posted on The Heritage Foundation’s conservative policy news blog, The Foundry, on December 28th, 2011.

There are plenty of public media thrashings and blessings about the Restoring Honor Rally, held at the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 2010 hosted by Glenn Beck.  Here is a “Behind the Stage” trip report from a Romeo Area Tea Party participant of the Rally.

Read this excerpt…

“Nobody on Television wants “guess the number” of participants at the Rally. Even Fox News has cleverly avoided the “number”, almost baiting the competition to underestimate participation, in terms of “tens of thousands”. Well I’m not afraid to provide an educated guess, while telling you just how I arrived at my number…”

Click here to read more about this excerpt from the Restoring Honor Rally Trip Report.

Click here for YouTube video of the Glenn Beck Rally: The Great Geese Flyover

Click here for YouTube video of the Restoring Honor Rally: Amazing Grace (with bagpipes)

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