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Trump Has a New (Very Stupid) Idea For His Fantasy Border Wall

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Trump's fantasy border wall became even more fantastical yesterday during a meeting with Congressional Republicans.

Trump reportedly called for covering his non-existent wall with solar panels to fund its creation.

Trump floated the idea that the wall could be covered in solar panels and the electricity generated used to pay for the cost.

Trump said his vision was a wall 40 feet to 50 feet high and covered with solar panels so they'd be "beautiful structures," the people said. The President said that most walls you hear about are 14 feet or 15 feet tall but this would be nothing like those walls.

It's not clear how much money Trump believes is in the solar power generation business, but we can infer that he believes it's far more lucrative than it actually is. Selling electricity will never cover the cost of a $50 billion wall.

Financing aside, there are so many other problems with this idea.

Trump probably doesn't even realize it, but he's more or less calling for the creation of a government utility that would usurp all other utilities in the southwest. I imagine local businesses, municipalities, and states would not take kindly to that and a whole new sphere of legal objections could be raised in court.

Trump told the lawmakers they could talk about the solar-paneled wall as long as they said it was his idea. One person cautioned that the President wasn't presenting the solar-paneled wall as the definite solution.

Trump is dumb enough to think this would attract liberal support.

  • 1933john

    Spray Art would make short work of it.

  • muselet

    I guess it never occurred to Donald Trump, Super Genius, that soar panels work best when they’re, you know, exposed to the sun. That’s why they’re mounted on sloped, rather than vertical, surfaces. Otherwise, they shade each other and just make for a shiny surface (I know he likes shiny things, but this is excessive, even for him).

    Trump told the lawmakers they could talk about the solar-paneled wall as long as they said it was his idea.

    Yeah, no worries. Nobody’s going to steal the idea.

    –alopecia

  • Badgerite

    Oh God. The man, and I use that term loosely, is an idiot. Of course liberals won’t support this. It is stupid. There are so many problems with said wall. Cost is a big one but it is hardly the only one. Ecologically, the Bloated One’s fantasy project would be a disaster. Just an unmitigated disaster. And as to the alleged ‘war on drugs’ which is closer to a war on people, drug cartels are unbelievably lucrative. Rich enough to buy their way in one way or another. He really does live in fantasy land.

    • Even the idea of how to get all that power collected back to civilization would be a nightmare and cost tons more to build and maintain. There are so many problems with this idea…its absurd!

    • Tony Lavely

      Thinking the drug cartels might bid on building it, with, you know, *safety features* built in.

  • Aynwrong

    I say we plaster billboards all over it and let the wall will pay for itself.
    http://i.onionstatic.com/avclub/4048/97/16×9/960.jpg

    • ninjaf

      It’s what plants (like Trump) crave!

  • Georgie