WASHINGTON (AP) — Veterans groups that planned trips to the World War II Memorial on the National Mall are being granted access despite the government shutdown, while the Republican National Committee offered Wednesday to pay for guards to keep the site open.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Scrapping a disputed design for a planned Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial near the National Mall and developing an alternate concept over the next five years would cost about $17 million, analysts have found.
As critics of a planned monument honoring Dwight D. Eisenhower object to everything from its giant scale to its depiction of the Cold War president and famed World War II general as a "barefoot boy from Kansas," new images and documents released to The Associated Press reveal other key elements overshadowed by the furor and show how the controversial project developed.
The work by Frank Gehry, to be built as a memorial park just off the National Mall, would feature two stones in "heroic scale," carved with bas reliefs. Based on new images recently released to The Associated Press, the carvings would depict a famed photo of Ike addressing his troops on the eve of D-Day, and another of the Republican president studying the globe.
Most of the attention and criticism has focused on large metal tapestries, proposed by Gehry to portray Eisenhower's Kansas roots, and a statue of a young Eisenhower.
Thanks to light bulb maker Osram Sylvania and help from Pepco, the energy-draining National Mall will be illuminated by efficient, long-lasting LED lighting, reducing the government's electricity bill, The Washington Post reports.
Although Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy hasn’t yet moved to lower limits on ozone levels following a recommendation from EPA's scientific advisers to do so, the National Association of Manufacturers is ramping up its campaign against the prospect with ads in the election battleground states of Kentucky, North Carolina and Colorado criticizing what it calls “unrealistic new ozone regulations,” The Hill reports.
A multimillion dollar campaign to promote the Keystone XL pipeline, which was funded by the Canadian taxpayer, had little impact on Americans who saw the ads, according to a government-mandated survey, CBC reports.
Stronger U.S. economic data Thursday – more home sales, fewer jobless claims and a higher manufacturing index – pointed to increasing demand, which boosted oil prices. West Texas Intermediate crude gained 51 cents to settle at $93.96 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, while in London Brent crude ended the trading session 35 cents higher to $102.63, Bloomberg reports.
The Environmental Defense Fund has joined with seven oil and gas companies on a project to develop better monitors for methane emissions, and will test four or five technologies at the Southwest Research Institute, FuelFix reports.
Three quarters of those who spoke out at a hearing on fracking before North Carolina’s Mining and Energy Commission Wednesday were against the practice, WNCT reports, noting that three more sessions are scheduled and the commission will make recommendations on modifying any regulations to the General Assembly in January.
The North Carolina Utilities Commission was justified in permitting Duke subsidiary Progress Energy to raise its electricity rates in 2013 and 2014, the state’s Supreme Court ruled Wednesday, The Associated Press reports.
The Missouri Public Service Commission voted 5-0 on Wednesday to deny a complaint from Noranda Aluminum, which was seeking a restructuring of Ameren Missouri’s electricity rates, but regulators suggested the companies continue to work on reaching a compromise, and also said the state legislature could weigh in on the matter, E&E reports.
The future for Direct Energy, a U.S. arm of British conglomerate Centrica, lies with bundling electricity services together with high tech equipment that helps customers to better control their energy usage, as well as generating their own with rooftop solar, CEO Badar Khan told Bloomberg, adding a prediction that utilities will increasingly face disruption to their traditional business models.
A district court judge in San Diego is due to decide Aug. 25 whether a group of around 110 U.S. military personnel who were deployed to assist Japan as it coped with the disaster at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant can sue operator TEPCO for lying about radiation from the accident, The Guardian reports.