Re: "Meter readers being left behind," letter to the editor, Wednesday, Feb. 8.
Not surprisingly, COPE 378 union vice president Gwenne Farrell's letter of Feb. 8 attempts to misconstrue what I said about smart meters and technological innovation in my letter of Feb 3.
Contrary to the spin Ms. Farrell is attempting to place on my words, job loss is not "a necessary outcome of technological innovation."
In fact, as I stated quite clearly in my letter, "there is no shortage of new occupations and employment opportunities" that have emerged because of technological innovation.
The fact that smart meters - a technological innovation - have rendered the jobs of COPE 378 meter readers employed by Accenture obsolete does not mean that all technological innovations lead to job loss.
If that were the case, technological innovations over the past 200 years alone would have put every person on the planet out of work and that is clearly not the case.
David Field Co-spokesperson B.C. Citizens for Green Energy
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