April 8, 2019

An energy park as a solution for the U.S.-Mexico border

By Jacqueline Isaacs

What if the U.S.-Mexico border was secured with a protected “energy park” instead of a wall? Sarah E. Hunt, the co-founder and CEO of the Rainey Center, says this idea could be a bipartisan and international solution that would provide clean energy resources and job opportunities instead of just a physical barrier.

This alternative idea was presented by a group of academics, scientists and engineers who envision “a sprawling ‘energy park’ of wind turbines, water desalination plants, solar panels and natural gas pipelines. In a recent article for Axios, Hunt elaborated how this proposal has “some potential for bipartisan appeal, and President Trump even suggested a similar idea in 2017.”

The project would require $1.1 billion dollars of funding from American taxpayers to get going, but in theory, would sustain its growth by creating partnerships with private energy investors and manufacturers. Hunt addresses that “there are many challenges that would need to be addressed, including the total public cost, security standards and potential risks like bribes offered to employees by drug traffickers.”

Explaining why this is an idea worth exploring, Hunt said, “an energy corridor could simultaneously strengthen U.S.–Latin America ties while improving border and energy security.”

Read the full article here.

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