Mafioso Brags to Wife: "Not One Turbine Blade Will Be Built in Mazara Unless I Agree to It."

"Nothing earns more than a wind farm," said Edoardo Zanchini, an environmental campaigner who has investigated Mafia infiltration of the industry. "Anything that creates wealth interests the Mafia."

Wind power is awash (aflutter?) in government money and overseas private investors' cash, and where there's money, there's Mafia. Thirty wind farms have been built in Sicily, with another 60 planned. And it's not just Italy where government wind subsidies draw organized crime; other hot spots include Spain, Romania, Bulgaria, and Corsica.

One advantage of Mafia involvement for pro-wind farm campaigners: It really cuts down on the NIMBYism.

In the UK, if a company proposed putting up 100 turbines across the countryside, there would be an uproar," he said. "In Italy, everyone keeps quiet because they are afraid to stand up to the Mafia."

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  • affenkopf||

    At least the money doesn't go to environmentalists.

  • ||

    An inconvenient truth.

  • Almanian||

    "Blow in my ear some more. It sounds like.....money."

  • ||

    "Nice countryside you gots here... be a shame if something didn't happen to it."

  • Government||

    Finally, someone besides us is making offers that can't be refused.

  • Ron L||

    Probably not going to get a lot of push-back over those birds.

  • txgypsy||

    a corrupt organisation full of career criminals who are only concerned about power and money......of course they dont like the likes of the mafia giving them competition......

  • SIV||

    I was wondering what people were bitching about this morning as Reason still looked OK to me.
    Then something happened and everything was faded and fucked up.Forbidding typekit scripts seems to fix it.

  • AndrewMayne||

    Part of the backstory in the Godfather novel was how the Mafia stopped all public works projects through vandalism and murder for dam building so they could control all the water on Sicily.

  • Max||

    Where there's money, there's mafia?? Fuck, you mean the whole capitalist system is corrupt?

  • A. Soprano||

    Where money is being thrown around with little regards for results, you'll find the shady element. The crony capitalist, big government system has always been corrupt. Wind energy is just the latest fad.

  • cynical||

    The crony capitalist system typically relies on bribes and corruption, rather than extrajudicial violence (unnecessary but legally sanctioned violence is another question). So there is some degree of difference.

  • A. Soprano||

    I'm in the waste managem...er...wind energy business. Everybody immediately assumes you're mobbed up. It's a stereotype, and it's offensive.

  • Chad||

    Mafia 1, NIMBY 0.

    I knew they couldn't be all bad.

  • cynical||

    I took a shit in Chad's back yard once.

    No homo.

  • Don Corleone||

    The Mafia is the greatest privatization project on earth. You don't see us paying taxes or calling the cops.

  • Row vs Wade||

    All I know is that CosaNostra has some killer pizza.

    And it's delivered in 30 minutes guarunteed.

  • Abdul||

    From composting informants, to recyling and re-using stolen property, the mafia has always been a pioneer in green jobs.

  • Gilbert Martin||

    Is there any practical distinction between government and the mafia?

    It's getting harder and harder to tell the difference.

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