Quantcast
Connect with us

Energy firm tasked with restoring power to Puerto Rico has Twitter meltdown and threatens to leave

Published

on

The two-man Montana company that was awarded a $300 million contract to restore electricity to Puerto Rico — thanks to its connection to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke — threatened to pull out of the island territory in a tantrum over a request for more transparency about its contract.

The Hill reported Wednesday that Whitefish Energy lashed out on Twitter at San Juan’s Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, who is one of the many people who have raised questions about the deal.

ADVERTISEMENT

Whitefish executives issued a statement on Wednesday saying that they believe Yulín Cruz’s concerns are “misplaced.”

She responded by pointing out that she is hardly the only party raising concerns about the federal government awarding such a crucial project to a small and inexperienced firm that just happens to have a longstanding relationship with Zinke. Congressional Democrats have opened an inquiry and on Wednesday, Yulín Cruz called for the contract to be voided.

Whitefish Energy responded by getting huffy and threatening to turn around and leave.

ADVERTISEMENT

Yulín Cruz slammed the company’s unprofessionalism.

ADVERTISEMENT

“They are threatening not to do their job which frankly is quite irregular for a company hired to the work for the public sector,” she wrote, before calling out their “political motivations.”

ADVERTISEMENT

More than a month after Hurricane Maria made landfall, fewer people on the island have electricity that in the immediate wake of the storm. Currently, 75 percent of the island’s 3.4 million residents are without power and still, more than a quarter of the population has no access to clean water.

The death toll on the island rose to 50 on Wednesday as two more people died of the disease leptospirosis, a result of drinking water that has been contaminated with animal urine.

ADVERTISEMENT


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

AG Bill Barr will ‘try to interfere’ in the 2020 election to re-elect Trump: MSNBC national affairs analyst

Published

on

Attorney General William Barr will use the Department of Justice to "try to interfere" in the 2020 presidential election to re-elect Donald Trump, MSNBC's national affairs analyst predicted on Tuesday.

John Heilemann was interviewed by Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC's "The Last Word."

"The attorney general, from the moment he walked into this job, has behaved in a -- as a ruthless, relentless political hack and a thug and who has behaved not as attorney general of the United States," Heilemann said.

"He made a travesty of the Mueller report and continues to lie on Donald Trump's behalf at every opportunity," he added.

Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Trump welcomed Russia’s Sergey Lavrov to the White House — to humiliate us all

Published

on

Despite the fact that President Donald Trump still refuses to have Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to Washington for an officials meeting — a topic at the center of the scandal driving Trump’s impeachment — the White House hosted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday.

And while Lavrov was honored with his second private Oval Office meeting (the first one was a cataclysmic disaster) and a press conference with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the foreign minister took his opportunity here to repeatedly humiliate the United States.

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

United States, Mexico, Canada finalize Donald Trump’s USMCA trade deal

Published

on

The United States, Mexico and Canada signed a deal Tuesday to finalize their new trade agreement, paving the way to ratification after more than two years of arduous negotiations.

However, the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump in the US Senate would likely delay Congressional ratification of the agreement until next year, said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

In reality, it is the second time the three countries have triumphantly announced the conclusion of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the deal meant to replace the 25-year-old NAFTA, which President Donald Trump complains has been "a disaster" for the US.

Continue Reading