Trump's Wall Would Create Jobs, Renewable Energy, And Increase Border Security

A consortium of scientists and engineers have proposed that the U.S. and Mexico build a series of guarded solar, wind, natural gas and desalination facilities along the entirety of the border.

The proposal was recently presented to several U.S. members of Congress.

The plan still calls for border security, considering all of the facilities along the border would be guarded and connected by physical barriers.

It's undoubtedly an expensive and complicated proposal, but the team argues that border regions are ideal spots for wind and solar energy, and that they could use the jobs and fresh water the energy park would create.

"What should the U.S. do about The Wall?" is a question that's destined to divide many Americans. But there's one proposal for the U.S.-Mexico border that, at least in theory, seems agreeable to everyone.

A consortium of 28 engineers and scientists has proposed that – instead of building a simple barrier along the approximately 2,000-mile border – the U.S. and Mexico could work together to build an industrial park along the divide that would include desalination facilities, solar energy panels, wind turbines and natural gas pipelines. The plan would not only provide the region with border security – considering it'd be a continuous train of heavily guarded industrial facilities – but also energy, water and jobs.
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In a white paper, the team called it a "future energy, water, industry and education park" that "will create massive opportunities for employment and prosperity."

"Just like the transcontinental railroad transformed the United States in the 19th century, or the Interstate system transformed the 20th century, this would be a national infrastructure project for the 21st century," Luciano Castillo, Purdue University's Kenninger Professor of Renewable Energy and Power Systems and lead of the consortium, told Phys.org. "It would do for the Southwest what the Tennessee Valley Authority has done for the Southeast over the last several decades."

Building such a park would undoubtedly be a complicated, expensive undertaking. The team estimates the solar energy arm of the project alone would require 8 million solar panels and cost $4.5 billion. Still, many parts of the border region are ideal for generating renewable energy. The white paper describes how the areas of strong winds in the Gulf and Baja California regions "are ideal for wind farms."

Similarly, the desalination part of the proposal would bring water to California, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona – areas "in the grip of severe to exceptional drought conditions," the paper states. The team added that these efforts, which would include an "interconnected super-pipe system" along the entirety of the border, could help make the U.S. a global leader in the industry.

Similarly, the desalination part of the proposal would bring water to California, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona – areas "in the grip of severe to exceptional drought conditions," the paper states. The team added that these efforts, which would include an "interconnected super-pipe system" along the entirety of the border, could help make the U.S. a global leader in the industry.

"At first blush the idea seems too big, too aggressive, but consider the Roman aqueducts or the transcontinental railroads—enormous undertakings that gave enormous benefits. The cost of providing basic, essential infrastructure to the border lands is tiny compared to the opportunities it creates," Ronald Adrian, Regent's Professor at Arizona State University, told Phys.org. "I view this project as a means of creating wealth by turning unused land of little value along the border into valuable land that has power, water access and ultimately agriculture, industry, jobs, workers and communities. With only a wall, you still have unused land of little value."

So far, the team has presented their proposal to three U.S. representatives and one senator. It's a plan that they say will help reduce illegal immigration while providing more jobs and cleaner energy to both U.S. and Mexico.

https://bigthink.com/politics-current-affairs/energy-water-corridor-the-wall

Comments

  • They see the momentum force behind the Green New Deal now they want to copy the idea just to make the border wall look decent because right now , the wall is the most unpopular thing in American view.. simple as that! no brainer!! bottom line is , its all big fat Lie
  • @visafree, the green deal failed in Australia and England. They tried it and both countries stopped it because it was a waste of money and none of the goals of the green deal was fulfilled.

    1. The Guardian News:England/UK Green deal scheme did not deliver energy savings, audit finds
    Only 1% of households took out loans under now abandoned scheme, which auditors say failed to deliver ‘meaningful benefit’
    https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/apr/14/green-deal-scheme-did-not-deliver-energy-savings-audit-finds

    2.Washington Examiner: Australia Green deal failed to live up to its promise
    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/alexandria-ocasio-cortezs-green-new-deal-already-failed-in-australia-and-the-uk

    The Democrats Green deal has nothing to do with what these engineers are proposing to implement on the border wall. These guys are talking about erecting solar energy machines and wind farms in the border while democrats are talking about banning plane travel and stopping cows from pooping. lol

    9 out of 10 Republicans support the wall. 89% of Republicans support the wall. Conservatives compromise 2/3 of the American population of 300,000,000. This is why conservatives are called the silent majority in America. 89% of that 2/3 support the wall.
  • Well, Australia and England are not America... deal with it!.. GND is the way to go!
  • Whats the thinking there @visafree? Both countries tried it and it failed. And it will also fail if its implemented in America. Two Democratic western countries tried it and it failed. That's the cold hard truth.
  • Pentagon finds $12.8 billion for Trump's border wall
    by Pete Kasperowicz
    | March 19, 2019 08:01 AM
    The Defense Department has identified $12.8 billion in possible funding that it could use to fulfill President Trump's call for a border wall.

    Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., released the 20-page spreadsheet on Twitter Monday night.

    Trump last month declared a national emergency at the border, and said he wants to use $3.6 billion for border wall projects. The Pentagon's list said it has found possible funding sources that are "in excess of the amount needed."

    But it's not clear which projects the Defense Department will draw from. Some states that have been allocated big chunks of money that haven't been spent could see a hit.

    California, for example, was identified as having more than $700 million in unused Army and Navy military construction that could be used. Hawaii has more than $400 million that could be used.

    More than $200 million in similar funding allocated for Hawaii, Maine, New York, North Carolina, Guam, Germany, Guam, and Guantanamo Bay Cuba are also on the list.

    Reed warned in his tweet that "military bases in your state could be negatively impacted" by Trump's border emergency.

    Trump Admin finally releases its list of at-risk #milcon projects that could be put on the chopping block in order to divert billions to pay for Trump’s ineffective #borderwall. Take a look - military bases in your state could be negatively impacted.
    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/pentagon-finds-12-8-billion-for-trumps-border-wall
  • Trump National Emergency to build the wall to help with the crisis at the border will now amount to $16 Billion from the DOD alone not including the other $8 billion it has identify to use to build the life saving wall. The total will come out to $22 billion dollars. More than enough to pay for a coast to coast wall. MAGA

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