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Italian Mafia Gets in the Wind Farm Business
Posted By Ariel Schwartz On September 10, 2010 @ 12:23 pm In Environment,Renewable Energy,Wind Power | No Comments
Need proof that green technology is a lucrative industry? Look no further than Italy, where the Mafia (AKA the “lords of the wind”) has infiltrated the wind  power business. Fraud is rampant in Sicilian mob strongholds like Corleone, where the Mafia owns many wind farms. The reason: power from wind  farms is sold at a high rate because of generous government subsidies intended to expand the renewable energy sector. All the mob has to do is buy off local politicians and voila, the Mafia owns the lucrative wind power business.
So what can be done about it? Besides getting rid of helpful government subsidies, not much. But the Sicilian  situation should serve as a warning to government officials in other countries: green energy could be the next hotbed of criminal activity.
Via UK Telegraph 
Lead photo © Chiara Marra 
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