Smart Grid and EVs Add to Surveillance Society – but We Don't Have To
By Anthony Wile - January 08, 2011

Here at the Bell, we're not high on electrical cars. And the world's auto execs agree. In the website, "The Truth About Cars" we find the following lugubrious statement, "The majority of car makers the world over think that for the next five years, electric cars will remain too expensive to stand a chance in the mass market. Their saving grace must be government subsidies. Without government money, EVs are priced out of the market."

In this article I want to discuss the surveillance society that the Bell regularly tracks via power-elite dominant social themes. On the surface, the elite's expanding surveillance society is implacable and unresistable. But this may not be so.

Let us, then, return to the electric car market – which is evidently and obviously a manufactured one – to begin our brief examination. Is everbody going to have to drive an impractical, range-limited electric car in the near future? That may be the plan but we highly doubt it. Without government backing apparently the entire industy wouldn't stand a chance – and to us that spells a good deal of trouble for this emerging industry's staying power.

We're not making this judgment rashly. The article and its conclusions emerge from a "KPMG 2011 Global Automotive Executive Survey, which asked over 200 global automakers, suppliers and dealers "where they think their business will be going over the coming five to 10 years." Obviously these car people don't believe in electric cars.

As the website points out, that development of alternative energy and powertrain technologies for EVs is risky and costly. Thus most car companies are entering into joint ventures of some sort. But why does the world need an electric car, exactly? Where does this mania come from? If it has to do with the price of oil, why not just make gas engines more efficient?

Some clues may be found in an article entitled, "Marin County Bans Smart Grid: Will The EV Market Suffer?" (See article excerpt below). The article makes the point powerfully that these various disparate developments tie together the development of Smart Grid and its implementation and the rise of the electric car.

Smart Grid in the Bell's view (as has been written before) is a way for the powers-that-be to monitor people's use of energy. EVs, meanwhile, are a way of integrating travel into an electrical network that will be monitored by Smart Grid. Together, these technologies allow for control over people's transportation habits and energy use. Here's an excerpt from the article:

As one of California's leading bastions of privileged liberalism (2009 per-capita income: $91,483) Marin County is probably one of the top counties worldwide in terms of EV market potential. But apparently the local government isn't ready to tap its unique combination of money and idealism to become a leading market for electric cars. Even as Californian EV activists are being forced to install second power meters to separate EV charging from home electricity use in order to take advantage of lower electricity rates for EV charging, the NYT reports that Marin County has banned the use of "smart meters" which would allow more widespread EV adoption.

Smart meters, which communicate electricity use wirelessly to the power company would allow EV charging to be easily separated from home use, but they also raise a number of issues that Marin County simply doesn't want to have to deal with. Privacy, health risks from electromagnetic frequency radiation, and radio communication interruptions are all cited in the Marin County ordinance [PDF here] which bans installation of the smart meters in unincorporated areas of the county.

Of course, despite Marin County's surprising opt-out, the Smart Grid system – like so many other power-elite gambits – continues to lurch along. At, we find a Smart Grid summit scheduled for February 2-3, 2011, in Miami.

Why does an electric-utility facility need a summit? Because Smart Grid is nothing like the functional pipe that its proponents pretend it is. No, it is very important to the surveillance society that the Anglosphere is attempting to erect. Here's how the article positions the summit:

The Smart Grid is devoted to a sector poised for the same fundamental transformation that telecom experienced with the advent of IP communications technologies. This is the event you need to attend if you want to understand the role that IP communications technologies will play in how the Smart Grid evolves – not just for making utilities more efficient, but also for enabling the Smart Home and a new generation of communications innovations.

There's more though. Even as car companies make EVs and Miami prepares for its Smart Grid convention, the UK Guardian is showing us how all this is going to be pulled together via "energy audits." In a recent article entitled "An Energy Audit Is Just the Job," the Guardian reminds us chirpily that, "Energy audits are an important part of lowering your carbon footprint and there are independent third parties out there who can help."

Why would we want to monitor our carbon dioxide output? The Guardian doesn't bother to answer this question. They treat the foundering global warming meme as a given. In fact, this is typical power elite behavior. The elite controls the mainstream media and thus the unraveling of its globalist schemes – thanks to the truth-telling of the Internet – is not to be considered or acknowledged. Here's some more from the article:

An energy audit will put you on the right track to lower your carbon footprint and make savings. If you're serious about lowering your carbon footprint by reducing the energy you use at work, as well as saving money, then the best thing you can do is conduct what's known as an energy audit.

Performing an energy audit can be complex, since there are many factors that have to be taken into account. However, as environmental awareness grows in the media, customers and clients are beginning to expect environmental credentials from their suppliers and partners.

It is essential for your business to stay ahead of the game and to exploit your environmental advantages in a demanding market … Results often show that on average businesses can help save between 10 and 20% for a typical office building.

As the Bell has pointed out in other articles, this is the shape of things to come if the elite has its way. Someday, these energy audits shall likely not be voluntary but mandatory. In Hiss of a Smart Grid, the Bell wrote recently:

We can see clearly the elite's evolving vision if we can bring ourselves to look. … Presumably, even one's breathing (carbon dioxide) might over time be subject to cataloguing. Yes, examine the Smart Grid promotion – a sub dominant theme of sorts – from a distance and it becomes a piece of the puzzle slotting neatly with others.

Of course, the evolving surveillance society has many aspects, including the growing global judicial order. Yet all is not well on this front either. Afghanistan and the taming of the stiff-necked Pashtuns was intended to extend the Anglosphere's global enforcement monopoly over the last patch of earth not dominated by reciprocal agreements and established CIA networks. But ten years later, things are still not resolved; in fact, the war is now threatening to destabilize Pakistan, which always has been a dubious Western partner.

It is not easy to build a full-fledged global empire. Unfortunately, setbacks are often not noted by an alternative electronic press that is more enamored with the might of the elite – and its Illuminati alter ego – than with the realities of the challenges. There is no doubt the Anglo-American axis wants to build an all-pervading surveillance state worldwide if it can. But we would argue the high-water mark for these plans was actually reached around the turn of the century.

As I continue these columns, I will try to offer "personal freedom" suggestions along the line of my departed friend Harry Browne in his famous book How to Live Free in an Unfree World. There is no doubt the struggle for the control of the world will continue. I am personally optimistic about its outcome. Elite plans have been exposed now for all the world to see. How is it possible to consummate a conspiracy that so many intelligent people already know about and anticipate?

What is likely to occur is a prolonged state of social and economic chaos – not necessarily violent, but certainly a reconfiguration of society similar to what occurred after the advent of the Gutenberg Press some 500 years ago. In such situations, one needs to tend to the viability of one's pocketbook and family options. In upcoming columns, I hope to suggest various solutions for purposes of economic privacy and quality-of-life.

The surveillance society is a growing reality, but that does not mean the elite will be able to finish what they have started. It may well find it has to take a step back – as we often observe. In the meantime, it is incumbent upon us to "live free" as best we can.