A sucker born every kilowatt hour.

Do you ever get the feeling someone isn’t being honest with you – it’s an especially sinking feeling when it comes from people you thought were trustworthy.  From a recent ProJo article:

At a board meeting of the state Economic Development Corporation, (Governor Carcieri)  referred — not for the first or last time in public — to TPI Composites, the national manufacturer of wind-turbine blades that was founded in Warren, telling those in the room that day that he was trying to persuade the company to open a factory in the Quonset Business Park in North Kingstown.

“If we get moving, we could be building the blades here,” he said.

At a news conference Wednesday, TPI Composites announced that it will indeed open a state-of-the-art blade manufacturing facility in Southern New England. But it will not be in Rhode Island. Instead, the company’s new 69,000-square-foot factory will be located across the state line in Fall River.

What is written between the lines is that the plant in Fall River has been in construction for months, maybe longer.  Were those promoting the Deepwater project ignorant of this fact or did they choose to ignore it so they could continue making false promises?

This would be bad enough but let’s not forget that the other “evidence” that business would come to Rhode Island if we approved the Deepwater Wind project was a group of three letters from three different businesses, from three different countries – that seem eerily similar.

From the TX company:

We have been engaged with Deepwater Wind Block Island, LLC regarding the possibility of supplying cables to the Block Island Wind Farm as well as other Deepwater Wind projects.

Alongside those discussions we are exploring the possibility of locating a new manufacturing facility in the United States, including locations in Rhode Island.

From the Chinese company:

We have been engaged with Deepwater Wind Block Island, LLC regarding the possibility of supplying turbines to the Block Island Wind Farm as well as other Deepwater Wind projects.

In connection with those discussions we are exploring the possibility of locating new manufacturing facilities in the United States to serve for the market in N. America.

From the Japanese company:

We have been engaged with Deepwater Wind Block Island, LLC regarding the possibility of supplying cable to the Block Island Wind Farm as well as other Deepwater Wind projects.

In connection with those discussions, we, together with our strategic Japanese partner in Power Cable manufacturing, are exploring the possibility of locating a new manufacturing facility in the United States, including locations in Rhode Island.

What are the odds that three companies from three different countries would all write almost identical letters????

Clearly, the governor knew the turbine manufacturing was going to Fall River but he continued to  “sell” it to us.  Then, clearly, someone wrote a letter and had three different companies sign them. Quite frankly this is an insult. Those promoting this project must think the electric consumers of Rhode Island aren’t very bright but then again, the PUC went along with it too.

Do you feel like suckers?

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2 responses to “A sucker born every kilowatt hour.

  1. marina peterson

    My husband worked on the Fall River location and we knew months ago that the blades were to be manufactured there. I believe he was there for about 2 weeks in early June or late May. There has been so much deception in this Deepwater Wind deal but the absolute saddest and worst of all was doing an end-run around the PUC rejection. Absolutely disgusting!

  2. When I voted for Don Carcieri, twice, I thought we were going to get a Chris Christie type of Governor. I was wrong. What we got was a typical egotist who will do anything and say anything to get his way, no matter the cost to his constituents and no matter how underhandedly he achieves those means.

    As Marina said, “absolutely disgusting!”

    Signed, a fellow sucker.

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