There’s an interesting legal action under way against Nissan by a Georgia man named Josef Tater who claims the Leaf electric car he bought has made him physically ill via its electromagnetic (EMF) emissions. His attorney says that the Leaf emits as much as 31.3 mG (milligauss) of EMF radiation and at least as much as 4.9 mG, which – according to the lawsuit – is several times the 2 mG level the man’s lawyers say is the maximum safe level.
This number may be derived from the so-called “Swedish Standard,” which refers to a regulation in that country requiring that certain devices that generate EMF radiation, such as video display terminals emit no more than 2 mG within one meter of the operator’s position. If it is true that the Leaf emits even 4.9 mG of EMF radiation, it would tilt (pinball reference) that standard by more than twice.
“On January 25th,” according to the lawsuit, “the plaintiff was hospitalized with inability to hear and speak. Going forward, the plaintiff kept suffering physical and mental symptoms and his marriage fell apart as his wife filed for divorce on April 15th, 2017.”
There is still much debate about the effect of EMF radiation emitted from now-common electronic devices, including smartphones, WiFi and cell phone towers. There are numerous anecdotal stories that dovetail with the claims made by the plaintiff in the Leaf case about various ill effects claimed to result from exposure to excessive EMF emissions. These include heart palpitations, fatigue, breathing difficulties and “brain fog,” among other things.
It seems not-improbable that EMF in excessive amounts might have such effects, given the human body runs on electrical signals. It might be worth knowing about.
The problem is no one seems to know exactly what constitutes “excessive.” Well, no government agency has posited any specifics, much less regulations. Or expressed much interest in knowing.
If you cruise over to the Environmental Protection Agency’s EMF information page, you will find that there “are no U.S. Federal standards limiting residential or occupational exposure to electric and magnetic fields . . . ” The EPA refers to power lines but the relevant thing is there’s no EMF standard for cars, either.
Yet modern cars emit – and receive – lots of EMF emissions. Not just electric cars, either. Almost all new cars have WiFi, keyless locks and ignition. Some can “stream” media content through wireless devices/entertainment systems and almost all are now “connected” cars that transmit and receive data/software updates wirelessly.
Which is interesting, given the contrasting assertions regarding allowable exhaust emissions, which are now almost immeasurable as regards new cars.
Yet the necessity is asserted that they be rendered nil.
It is as if it were 1968 again – except everyone pretended not to see the smog enshrouding practically everywhere.
Perhaps the reason for the insouciance about the EMF radiation that enshrouds us today is that no one can see it. Yet it is being emitted everywhere. Here’s an interesting video about how much of what you can’t see is emitted by a hybrid car, which probably emits a lot less than an electric car – because a hybrid has a smaller battery and electric motor:
As you can see, it tilts the Swedish Standard.
Here’s an even more interesting video of the EMF radiation emitted by an electric vehicle:
What’s most interesting about all of this, arguably, is the lack of interest expressed by the government regulatory apparat, usually so very “concerned” about “our safety” that it will arise like an affronted lion over hypothesized “threats” to “our safety” such as the negligibly (fractionally) higher exhaust emissions of VW’s diesel engines – which ran very cleanly, by the way. But they were not electric – and that presented an obstacle in the path of pushing more “zero emissions” (supposedly – not actually) electric cars onto the market, to take their place.
Readers of this column well know the why regarding that – which has to do with getting most people out of cars rather than into electric cars. You can hear more about this agenda here:
Once you understand this agenda, you will also understand why there is such otherwise inexplicable insouciance on the part of the federal safety apparat – so sometimes “concerned” about “safety” – regarding the absolutely established dangers of electric cars, which are inherently fire-prone cars and of what are styled “self-driving” cars, which are driven by software and sensors, often right into other cars (and people, too).
If any other make or model car burst into flames just sitting in a garage – or veered into the path of other cars – that model of car would be taken off the road and its maker subjected to an inquisition by the federal “safety” apparat. But electric cars – as a kind of car – have an inherent/built-in fire problem . . . and the apparat is indifferent.
“Self-driving” cars are regarded with equal indifference.
So also the EMF radiation they emit. As opposed to the exhaust emissions of combustion- engined modern cars, which are practically nil and which have never been shown to cause any actual harm to anyone. Yet they are the subject of much interest – and inquisition, as in the case of VW.
All of which is very . . . interesting, isn’t it?
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