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Scientists pitch a new border security idea: an energy corridor

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As an alternative approach to securing the border, a group of scientists and engineers have proposed the U.S. and Mexico build a sprawling "energy park" of wind turbines, water desalination plants, solar panels and natural gas pipelines.

The big picture: An energy corridor could offer the benefits of a secured physical barrier, since the infrastructure would be well protected, while also creating job opportunities for both migrants and U.S. workers. It has some potential for bipartisan appeal, and President Trump even suggested a similar idea in 2017.

Trump to sign executive order to speed up pipeline development

Trump signing an executive order
Trump signing an executive order. Photo: Aude Guerrucci - Pool/Getty Images

President Trump is expected to sign an executive order imminently to expedite pipeline development, according to sources familiar with the plans.

Details: White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow said the executive order could come as soon as next week, while speaking at a closed-door event Wednesday hosted by conservative think tank American Council for Capital Formation, according to two sources with direct knowledge.