What did you expect? He's a business man who is running a country that is $19+ trillion in the hole, a failing healthcare system, crumbling roads and infrastructure, failing social security system, etc etc, and he made stupid campaign promises..
Maybe incorporating solar would be a way to bring the divided sides (D's and R's) a little closer together; while also boosting our economy and spreading the use of solar in a way unseen of before.
He has said some dumb shit, but this is a little outside the box, in a potentially good way.
Building a plain, old fashioned wall would take years and 10-20 billion as per the loose estimates. Of course, since Trump "knows what hes' doing", he'll get it done for less :lol
Then the cost of maintaining it would keep adding to the overall budget
This solar wall? All hi tech & shit? Hundreds of billions, no ifs ands or buts about it.
Then the MUCH, MUCH higher cost of maintaining it. Just LOOK at this thing.
Every time someone puts a ladder on it to cross, they're gonna break it and that shit's expensive to install and replace. Maintenance would be a nightmare.
Actually, it looks like you'll just need a hammer to break through the first row of solar panels instead of climbing over.
Break-even would not happen in 20 years, if ever.
And back to your point of being trillions in the hole, is it logical to spend hundreds of billions (that you don't have) on something that isn't even a solution to any problem?
I'm all for outside the box but the wall? Low tech or hi-tech, a wall doesn't fix the problem. Illegals who crossed-over illegally are a small part of the problem. Almost half came in through a standard port of entry and just outstayed their welcome.
And for the ones who actually do cross illegally, a wall will only stop the ones who are too dumb & lazy to simply grab a ladder and a rope.
A) I am NOT a trumpster by any means, but I've occasionally seen some actual backbone to the guy and still seems like he wants to stimulate America and get it back to work.
B) There's no way in hell congress would approve of the budget to build the solar wall as is, BUT it may get both sides talking again and thinking of innovating ways to satisfy most the people of this country.
C) I doubt you or I know any actual numbers and cannot analyze the potential cost offsets by generating that much electricity, while also nudging America slightly away from the conventional power production.
D) It's Trump, when negotiating he always starts at one extreme, then when an agreement is made in the middle-ish, it's closer to what he wanted in the beginning. That's the basis of The Art of the Deal.
Either way, I thought it was a cool idea. That could just be the engineer inside of me, getting excited to hear of new innovating ideas to age old items.
P.S. can I come live with you in Canada if all hell breaks loose in America because of the Trumpinator??