During the Trinity test, Enrico Fermi recalled Teller's idea of igniting the atmosphere. In an attempt to relieve some tension, he started taking bets on whether the test would destroy the world, or merely glass the State of New Mexico.
They did it anyway. CERN is another example, they do not know the outcome until its to late.
We take it on FAITH that science has not
been hijack for some unforeseen motivations, including monetary.
Question everything, its healthy.