Thursday, February 07, 2013

Some more background on Bloom Energy and Al Gore

Exclusive: Whistleblower tells story of Bloom Energy workers paid in pesos - San Jose Mercury News
SUNNYVALE -- They traveled 1,300 miles and toiled long hours, earning the equivalent of $2.66 an hour in Mexican pesos while working in the Bay Area for acclaimed Silicon Valley tech startup Bloom Energy.

"It wasn't right what they were doing. It's not the way to treat people," said a former Bloom Energy contractor who claims he blew the whistle to authorities about the company's mistreatment of the workers, who were brought to this country on visitor visas from the Bloom Energy plant in Chihuahua.
Al Gore accused of conflict of interest in Apple’s Bloom Energy deal | Datacenter Dynamics
A conservative US think tank is accusing Al Gore, former vice president of the US and a powerful climate activist, of having a conflict of interest in Apple’s purchase of a Bloom Energy fuel-cell system for the consumer-electronics and digital-media company’s new data center in Maiden, North Carolina...“Apple buying technology from Bloom Energy, where Gore has a financial stake, is a clear conflict of interest,” Tom Borelli, director of NCPPR’s Free Enterprise Project, said in a statement.
From this CNN article:

Doerr, Bill Joy, and Gore at a meeting at startup Bloom Energy

2008: Climateer Investing: Al Gore: "There are a lot of Great Investments that you can make"
Companies shown in the slide show:
Bloom Energy (solid oxide fuel cells)

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