This Op Ed was written by Lacey Lafferty a GOP candidate for the 2016 election of Governor of Delaware
Bloom Energy promised Delaware to deliver affordable electricity and bring 900 new high tech jobs to our state. Bloom Energy broke its promise. Bloom fails every month to meet its obligations under the agreement with the state. This is the worst deal ever in the state of Delaware and an environmental disaster. As one Delaware Senator states, “We were sold a bad bill of goods.”
Delaware rate payers and work place employers are punished month-by-month by excessive electric bills. Over 130 million dollars has wrongly been taken from Delawareans. Much of it goes to the pockets of the richest 1% of the 1%. They are the venture capitalist owners of Bloom Energy. Delaware families and workers are the victims. This has to end. Our money, taken under false pretenses and by broken promises, must be returned to the people of Delaware.
Bloom promised long–term efficiency, its “miles-per-gallon” was wrong and they knew it.
Bloom generates extremely hazardous chemical waste in our protected coastal zone. They failed to honestly disclose it when negotiating with Delaware authorities and they knew it.
Bloom’s energy cost premium far exceeds costs stated when negotiating with Delaware authorities and they knew it.
Bloom’s promise of 900 jobs has never been kept; not for as much as one month.
Bloom negotiated in “my opinion” in bad faith.
Bloom misrepresented its product, its costs, its availability and reliability, its hazardous waste, and its benefits to the rate payers in Delaware.
Bloom Energy’s business in Delaware does not represent any new and exciting technology. Its business is based on intentional deception, insider dealings and guaranteed revenues no different than the days of the “robber barons” of the timber, coal or railroad industries a hundred years ago. It is always honest working families who make the few insiders rich. It was wrong a hundred years ago and it’s still wrong today.
All of the above are more enough reason to find Bloom in breach of contract. As your Governor I believe in all sources of reliable energy. I will stand with Delaware families; stand up to the venture capitalists and their crony friends. I promise to do everything I can by hiring the best attorneys to void Bloom’s 21 year contract at the cost of 700 million dollars, claw back the $130 million Bloom took from Delaware and return it to Delaware families. Enough is enough of our government’s disastrous decisions and wasteful spending.
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