In the year 2100 the population of the United States is close to near one billion people (thanks to refugees from the Great Islam War in Europe). Advanced seismic technologies have detected that the Yellowstone supervolcano will experience a major eruption in the next 30-50 years.
In a speech that steels the resolve of all humanity the President of the United States commits to defend the fate of the nation and the world with spectacle of public works never before seen at this scale. The simplicity of the plan may be it's downfall: dam it!
The plan is to build a great reservoir - 30 miles (50km) in diameter, directly above the projected site of the eruption. The reservoir would be feed via a massive (1100 mile - 1800km) pipeline, named the "Duluth Deluge", of fresh water pumped from (and expected to partially drain) Lake Superior. The Duluth Deluge with be feed by 8-10 nuclear powered pumping stations. The projected average depth of the dam will be 80 feet (24m). The projected cost of the project with be $US12T.
There is a one year debate and proposal negotiation period.
Will this proposal contain the eruption of the supervolcano?
Is there a cheaper, easier or better proposal?