The satellite — which doesn't actually exist yet — cannot be weaponized, the company patiently explained.
Marjorie Taylor Greene has been trending all week over a range of colorful reasons, be it harassing school shooting survivors, calling for Democrats to be executed or just plain old pushing QAnon.
But on Thursday another resurfaced gem threatened to eclipse them all: the Jewish Space Laser.
An (alas since-deleted) Facebook post from 2018 saw the Congresswoman theorize that the deadly Camp wildfire in California that killed 85 had been ignited by space solar generators firing the sun's energy back to Earth.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company ultimately were found liable for the fires, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and were forced to file for bankruptcy. However, no evidence of space laser-ing was ever found.
Linking to an old Alternative-energy-news.info article about the theoretical space lasers, Greene explained: "The idea is clean energy to replace coal and oil."
"If they are beaming the suns energy back to Earth, I'm sure they wouldn't ever miss a transmitter receiving station right??!! I mean mistakes are never made when anything new is invented."
"What would it look like anyway? A laser beam or light beam coming down to Earth I guess. Could that cause a fire? Hmmm, I don't know. I hope not!"
She concluded the post with the boast "But what do I know? I just like to read a lot [shrug emoji]."
But, as Solaren — the company behind the supposed galactic weapon pointed out on Friday — the self-declared bibliophile clearly didn't read everything about the project.
For one, Solaren hasn't quite gotten to the launching satellites into space stage yet.
Secondly, the contract between Solaren and PG&E dissolved in 2015 — three years before the fires started — because they were never able to generate the financing for it.
Thirdly — as the article Greene referenced clearly stated — the theoretical satellites would convert the solar energy to radio waves before transmitting them to Earth... which are both harmless and invisible, thus making them the unlikely source of those blue laser beams, much less the cause of any fires.
Thanks to their newfound viral fame, the company was forced to explain that its satellites — which do not even exist yet — "cannot" be weaponized.
"Solaren uses a different technology than described in the Facebook post, as we do not transmit power via lasers," it patiently explained. "Solaren uses radio frequencies to transmit power from Earth Orbit to a Receiving Station on Earth. Radio frequencies are what cell phones, radios and satellites use to transmit their signals."
"The Facebook post infers that lasers or blue beams of light caused the fires to erupt. As Solaren Space Solar does not use lasers for power transmissions, the described light phenomena 'as seen by witnesses in 2018' nor the fires could ever have been caused by Solaren Solar Power Satellites either then or in the future."
Ok.. this is gonna sound crazy but try to stay with me here.. I’m starting to piece together some things about that “unprovoked” attack on Rick Moranis back in October. (1/63)#JewishSpaceLaserpic.twitter.com/FxggiYMR5H