Past Features

June 22, 2017

Trump Solar Wall
Vulnerable to vandalism?

Artist's version of a cross-section of Trump's proposed solar-paneled border wall with Mexico. ---Gleason Partners LLC
Fox News -- June 22, 2017
Trump announces hopes for 'solar wall' along US southern border
    President Trump on Wednesday made his first public pitch to install solar panels on his border wall with Mexico.
    It was the first time that the president mentioned his plan publically. Earlier this month, two congressional Republicans told The Wall Street Journal about the plan after a private meeting with Trump.
    “Think of it,” Trump told the audience Cedar Rapids, Iowa. “The higher it goes, the more valuable it is. Pretty good imagination, right?”
    The president joked, “This way, Mexico will have to pay much less money, and that's good. A solar wall. Makes sense.”
In March, two experts wrote an opinion article in The Journal about the potential benefits of a solar wall. [...]
    Trump has been criticized by some of his supports for what they see as a lack of attention to one of his key campaign promises. Construction has not begun and there has been resistance from Congress. The White House insists that the plan is on track.
    Days after taking office on Jan. 20, Trump signed an executive order calling for a "physical wall along the southern border." But the order didn't include specific details or say how it would be funded or how much it might cost.
    Officials from the Homeland Security Department, which is overseeing bids for the wall, have said repeatedly they don't know yet the length of the wall the administration will ultimately want to build or how much it will cost.

Glenn Spencer -- June 22, 2017
I can't wait to see them
    President Trump is considering the construction of a border wall made up of solar panels. Due to the tilt of the earth, solar panels must face south.
    Forgetting Texas for the moment, the wall would most likely be built on the Roosevelt Easement - a 60-ft strip of land owned by the federal government that runs along the border from El Paso to San Diego. This would involve placing the solar panels within feet of Mexican sovereign territory - facing into Mexico.
    As I have asked before, what is to stop Mexican gangsters and outlaws from vandalizing the solar panels? Will these solar panels withstand multiple rounds from an AR-15 with a muzzle velocity of 3,300 feet per second? What about paint-ball guns fired from 600 feet away?
    There may be border wall designs with solar panels that cannot be rendered inoperative by vandals --- I just can't wait to see them.