"You only need about 100 miles by 100 miles of solar panels to power the entire United States."

Elon Musk wants to power the U.S. entirely on solar

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Mon, Jul 17th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to Inverse, at the National Governors Association Elon Musk informed the state governors that the United States could be powered by solar alone, and that doing so would only require a small amount of land. The batteries require even less, just one square mile.

“The Earth is almost entirely solar-powered today, in the sense that the sun is the only thing that keeps us from being at the temperature of cosmic background radiation, which is 3 degrees above absolute-zero,” he said. “If it wasn’t for the sun, we’d be a frozen, dark ice ball. The amount of energy that reaches us from the sun is tremendous. It’s the 99 percent-plus of all energy that Earth has.”

After all the sun’s a mind-bogglingly big energy ball, anyway: “People talk about fusion and all that, but the sun is a giant fusion reactor in the sky. It’s really reliable. It comes up every day. If it doesn’t we’ve got bigger problems.”

While he was there, Elon also insisted that AI be regulated before it is too late.

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