In 2005, the USS America aircraft carrier was towed out to sea on her final voyage. Hundreds of miles (kilometers) off the Atlantic coast, U.S. Navy personnel blasted the 40-year-old warship with missiles and bombs until it sank.
The massive Kitty-Hawk class carrier — more than three football fields long — came to rest in the briny depths about 300 nautical miles (550 kilometers) southeast of Norfolk, Virginia.
Target practice is now how the Navy gets rid of most of its old ships, an Associated Press review of Navy records for the past dozen years has found. And they wind up at the bottom of the ocean, bringing with them amounts of toxic waste that are only estimated.
If there’s one accomplishment President Obama can take credit for during his first term in office, it’s expanding the size and reach of the federal government. While this may be good for government bureaucrats, the policies and regulations imposed by the Obama Administration are hurting American businesses and impeding economic recovery. Instead of focusing on creating new jobs, the administration has instead allowed the federal government to insert itself in places it’s never been and doesn’t belong.
One prime example of this, which has largely flown under the radar, is the President’s new plan to zone and regulate our oceans. Done unilaterally through Executive Order, the President’s National Ocean Policy will change how all federal agencies regulate activities impacting the ocean and Great Lake ecosystems. Without clear statutory authority, it sets up a new level of top-down federal bureaucracy with authority over the way inland, ocean and coastal activities are managed.
This has the potential to inflict damage across a spectrum of sectors including agriculture, fishing, construction, manufacturing, mining, oil and natural gas, renewable energy, and marine commerce, among others. These industries currently support tens of millions of jobs and contribute trillions of dollars to the U.S. economy.
In a video recorded for release at the U.N. Climate Summit, Britain’s Prince Charles said the issue was the greatest challenge facing mankind, and there’s no time to delay in dealing with it, The Telegraph reports.
Researchers at the main campus of the University of Illinois, who are studying the impact climate change may have on food crops in the future, are seeing some potential problems, The New York Times reports.
Tracking how much condensate is being exported, or even how much is being produced, is difficult because agencies don’t have standard definitions to go by, Energy Information Administration chief Adam Sieminski said Monday, Platts reports.
An increase in a Chinese manufacturing gauge beyond analysts’ expectations sent oil higher early Tuesday. West Texas Intermediate crude for November delivery gained 61 cents to $91.48 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent was 40 cents higher at $97.37, Bloomberg reports.
A decision on lowering OPEC’s output target won’t be made until ministers gather in Vienna in November, despite comments from the group’s Secretary General last week that a cut will likely be coming, the energy minister for United Arab Emirates said Tuesday, Bloomberg reports.
Chevron has hired an investment banking firm to see if buyers may be interested in acquiring its operations in Hawaii, including the Kapolei refinery that’s one of five the company operates domestically, FuelFix reports.
Trustees for the Port of Galveston have inked an agreement to set aside 185 acres on Pelican Island for NextDecade for six months in exchange for $100,000, as the company explores whether it’s feasible to build a facility there for LNG exports, FuelFix reports.
NASA ozone mapping has shown that particulates from smoke generated by half a dozen wildfires burning in northern California has travelled into the airspace of Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan, even reaching Canada, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Russia had been maneuvering to fill the gap when Germany retreated from developing nuclear power plants in Europe in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, but the effort has been stalled by sanctions imposed over the Ukraine crisis, The Wall Street Journal reports.