Maybe the Wind Fellas Blew Them

Einar Du Rietz, reads an interesting article with a new angle on wind power and the EU

The EU Structural Funds are enormous. Maybe they contribute to something good, but mostly – slightly admitted by everyone in the game – they are a feast for vested interests.

One of the pet projects for the distributors is renewable energy projects, something the journalist Angus Stickler sheds some light on:

“The most strikingcase is that the development of wind power stations on the Mediterranean island of Sicily, home of the notorious mafia clan Cosa Nostra.  A few weeks ago the Italian authorities seized the assets of the record sum of 1.5 billion euros. The police had uncovered an elaborate case of embezzlement and money laundering by an EU-funded project on renewable energy sources. A crime boss who recently defected described it as ‘easy pennies’ or ‘comfortable money’.”

There’s nothing intrinsically wrong with any form of energy production, be it fossil, nuclear, solar, wind or whatever you can come up with. As long as you follow the rules. These, hopefully most people would agree on, are that you don’t pollute (or at least ask first), take proper precautions and don’t steel any form of property. And that includes the money the Europeans pay in taxes.

As far as I’m concerned, you can try to pedal your house warm. But please don’t ask me to sponsor your bike.

It ought to be added that the fight against the mob on Cicily has been rather successful in recent years. The entire island is a dream of marvelous views and meals that, literally, tempts you to stay at the table from lunch until bedtime. Sounds like a waste to send in “comfortable money” to the bad guys.


About the Author: Einar Du Rietz

Einar Du Rietz is a journalist and communications consultant based in Europe. He has authored several environmental reports for the Electrolux Group and written many blogs for the Center for the New Europe at CNE Environment.