Crime, INC: Mafia has ties to renewable energy

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‘It’s a business we can live on’  Italian businessman Angelo Salvatore told members of the mob in wiretapped conversations discussing how much money they could make off of all things green. Corruption and fraud in the green industry? Who would have ever seen that one coming? Glenn plays some ‘Godfather’ music on radio this morning as Pat busts out his infamous Al Gore impression to put the cherry on this unbelievable story.

The Washington Post reports:

Inside a midnight-blue BMW, a Sicilian entrepreneur delivered his pitch to the accused mafia boss. A new business was blowing into Italy that could spin wind and sunlight into gold, ensuring the future of the Earth as well as the Cosa Nostra: renewable energy.

“Uncle Vincenzo,” implored the businessman, Angelo Salvatore, using a term of affection for the alleged head of Sicily’s Gimbellina crime family, 79-year-old Vincenzo Funari. According to a transcript of their wiretapped conversation, Salvatore continued, “for the love of our sons, renewable energy is important. . . . it’s a business we can live on.”

The still-emerging links of the mafia to the once-booming wind and solar sector here are raising fresh questions about the use of government subsidies to fuel a shift toward cleaner energies, with critics claiming huge state incentives created excessive profits for companies and a market bubble ripe for fraud. China-based Suntech, the world’s largest solar panel maker, last month said it would need to restate more than two years of financial results because of allegedly fake capital put up to finance new plants in Italy. The discoveries here also follow so-called “eco-corruption” cases in Spain, where a number of companies stand accused of illegally tapping state aid.


  • landofaahs

    Our federal govt. is the new Mafia.  They don’t want citizens armed because it gives you empowerment to take care of yourself and gives a measure of peace.  The Mafia govt. needs people to be afraid and look to govt. for their protection. That is then used to lift money from your pocket.  It’s really that simple.

    • snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

      Ultimate power is ultimately corrupting, and the Feds are a new front for the Mafia, along with all the other criminals of Communism, Socialism, etc. who desire to bleed this nation dry.

      The main questions will be this: which group jockeying for final dominion will be the first to turn upon the others, how fast and how hard will they hit, and how much damage will be done to society as a whole.

  • landofaahs

    Gee or GE, who would have guessed.

    • snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

      Well said…I have to remember that one. 

      In an earlier post you said things were not going as well as they could, so I pray God will in His providence give you the assistance in any manner you need.

      • landofaahs

        I’m fine now. Flu is bad around the country and I meet eople from all over the country and can’t avoid it. The aches were what really bothered me. Thanks for the prayers.

  • snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Why is anyone surprised by this, do not be shocked if the links run all the way up to the administration and beyond to Soros and his minions as well.

    • Sam Fisher

      I am shocked that they did not try it sooner the lie of man made global warming seems right up their ally.

  • Sam Fisher

    The Greenfather coming to store near you.

  • Sam Fisher

    Wow so now the mob is with the green movement. Anyone shocked that this would happen? anyone at all! No thought so.

    • J.w. Appling

       I already thought the green movement was organized crime. What shocked me is that theres some “professionals” involved I thought the green movement was corporations taking hippies for all they are worth.

  • Bored

    Everyone wants a piece of the government pie, why would organized crime be any different. In fact, you could make comparisons…

  • Bored

    A mob boss with a southern accent – someone really needs to make a movie like that!

  • Anonymous

    Ethanol destroys many of America’s 300 million open-cycle engines (See OPEI report). Buying new equipment increases sales tax. States gain, people lose. See the connection?

    E-15 destroys older cars. The UAW makes newer ones. See the connection?

    Ethanol lowers gas mileage. More gallons are needed to drive the same distance. States get a per gallon gas tax. More gas tax revenue. See the connection?

    Sure the mafia is making money off green energy, but the government is doing far worse!

    • Anonymous

      Someone have a Valentine’s day mass. on those s.o.b’s a$$es. pardon my french!

  • Robert Kolakoski

    Make Al a deal he can’t refuse.

  • Draxx

    Wow, the Mafia is restructuring their operations away from guns and drugs, to Renewable Energy…

    All because this Administration is trying to outlaw firearms!  Can you believe it???  It’s because without us ordinary law abiding citizens that own guns for the Mafia to Steal.  They won’t have anymore around…  and it was all done with an Executive Orders!

  • Anonymous

    If our elected would help the manufacturing of solar panels and other solar products to get decent tax incentives here in our country, then perhaps the Greenfather will stay abroad.

  • Anonymous

    The left=The mob have been involved with hundreds of criminal act since going legit in the 1960s. The whole progressive liberal left are corrupt. The environmental issue is a command center criminal mob scam. NY., NJ, CONN, Mass, VT, Cali, has been run by the mob for decades-100 yrs+. The mob runs through the whole of our gov and our society. Hollywood and most of the media is owned by the mob. The whole of the telecommunication system is mob controlled. Anywhere there is big $ the mob has a hand in it.

  • Anonymous

    Really,This is shocking.Go to Western Massachusetts,The place is infested with MAFIA in GOVERNMENT & all departments connected to government.we pray every day for help.

  • crazy betty

    Al Goreleoni

  • Anonymous

    Isn’t the government just a protection racket now?

  • Anonymous

    What’s new?

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