Monday, July 6, 2015

The U.S. Government Spent $2 Billion Building This Massive Facility…And Then They Never Opened It (18 Pics)

A supercollider is a large ring designed to accelerate particles of protons and anti-protons until they collide. Its purpose is to create large amounts of energy in a controlled and monitored environment.

In the mid 1980’s, the United States wanted to construct the largest particle collider in the world. But when the escalating costs across multiple revised estimates became financially insurmountable, the project was terminated before completion. Now, nineteen years after construction was terminated, it still sits abandoned and vacant.

Costs Kill Plan

What was to be called the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) began as an idea in 1983. Four years of lobbying resulted in the 1987 Congress approval of a bill earmarking a $4.4 billion dollar budget for the project.

A site in Texas was chosen, and in 1991 construction began on what was supposed to become the world’s largest super collider.

By 1993 the cost projection had risen to over $12 billion. With limited financial resources, the U.S. government was forced to choose between funding the International Space Station (ISS) or the super particle collider.

Congress approved funding for the ISS and on October 21, 1993, the SSC project was cancelled.

When the project was cancelled, 14 miles of tunnels and 17 shafts had already been dug, as well as all surface structures completed.

Total spent: $2 billion.


dougdiggler said...

Yeah, well Switzerland and France went forward with the Large Hadron Collider and now they are the center of advanced particle physics research. Way to go beancounters! What other sciences or technologies that the US pioneered will now be led by foreign nations so we can balance the books in order to compensate for massive Wall Street bailouts? We've already lost automotive decades ago, what next? Aerospace? Computers? We can have a productive economy or we can continue to bail out criminals who own congress. Remember: civilizational decline isn't destiny, it's a choice made by any civilization's ruling class. It's time for Americans to fire their ruling class!

Raoul said...

The Texas legislature just passed and the governor just signed a law to repatriate Texas' one billion dollars worth of gold from out-of-state banks. Most of the billion is in Manhattan. Texas has become the first state to pass such a law. Our gold will be returned. And what's more, the law stipulates that the U.S. federal government will have no authority to seize the gold. It will be held and protected within the state.

This raises the problem of storage. A massive vault will be needed. I propose that we use the supercollider site as that vault. Do some additional work to fortify, and we have an underground storage facility that's enormous and defensible against attack.

Once the rest of the world realizes that gold can be stored in Texas, and it's not subject to the thieving hands of the U.S. government, the bullion will begin to flow into the state like a gushing golden river. The supercollider site is a PERFECT place to construct the bullion vault.

Winyan Staz Wakien said...

May I suggest we save it for a prison for after the trials for those who robbed America blind?????

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