5. Drain almost every river in Alaska, British Columbia and the northwestern U.S.!
The water was supposed to be directed into a reservoir, then pumped into the Mojave Desert.
6. Send nuclear waste to the sun on the space shuttle!
James Schlesinger, chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, hatched this wacky plan in 1973. Radioactive waste would be loaded onto the shuttle, then shot into the sun from outer space. Cooler heads nixed the project and prevented a disaster that would have taken place a few years later – when the shuttle Challenger exploded.
7. Dump toxic waste in the middle of the Atlantic!
This plan was hatched in the 1980s, but it was never implemented.