Cut Florida in half, blow up Alaska with atom bombs or two icebergs to California, and what do you have? Some of the worst scientific schemes ever!
“Incredibly, these plans were designed by some of the top brains in government and science,” declared environmental researcher Marc Mowrey.
Here, Mowrey says, are the 10 worst ideas in modern U.S. environmental history.
1. Bomb Alaska!
Dr. Edward Teller, a key developer of the atomic bomb, wanted to create a new Alaskan harbor by exploding a series of A-bombs along the state’s coastline in 1962. The bombs were supposed to blow holes into the earth so ocean water would rush in and make an instant port.
2. Blow up Texas!
In 1975, the federal government spent $1 million examining a plan to explode two A-bombs a day in a huge cavern beneath Texas. The idea was that the blasts would super-heat steam, which would drive a giant turbine and provide electricity.
3. Tow icebergs to California!
In 1978, the California Senate approved a plan to tow icebergs across the Pacific to help relieve a state drought. Luckily, the plan later died.
4. Build a dam to flood the Grand Canyon!
A federal official came up with this grand plan in the early 1960s to generate hydroelectric power.