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.
Nine states, led by South Carolina, filed suit in Georgia against the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water Rule, bringing the total number of states taking legal action over the regulation to 27, The Hill reports.
The permission the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service granted to Shell to operate two exploratory wells in the Chukchi Sea this summer will only allow drilling at one of them at any one time, FuelFix reports.
The U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standards did not throw out the rule itself, offering no legal guidance on the EPA’s attempt to limit power plant carbon emissions, E&E reports.
Hot weather has prompted the California Independent System Operator to issue a Flex Alert for the first time in two years, calling on electricity customers to cut back on their power usage, KRON reports.
The decision to extend the deadline on Iran's nuclear talks helped support oil prices Tuesday, which finished with a 25 percent overall gain in the second quarter. U.S. benchmark crude for August delivery soared 2 percent, rising $1.14 to $59.47 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London Brent jumped 2.5 percent to $63.59, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Ahead of Canada’s parliamentary elections, opposition leader Justin Trudeau has made several environmental promises, including a pledge to continue the country’s focus on climate change and one to spend hundreds of millions to support clean energy, the CBC reports.
Wisconsin Energy Corp. may have followed through on its decision to change its name to WEC Energy Group Inc., but it hasn’t found a new location for its headquarters, the Milwaukee Business Journal reports.
The narrow window for Shell to drill exploratory wells in the Arctic could become even smaller as a result of sea ice clogging the area around the Chuckchi Sea’s Burger prospect, where the company is planning to conduct its operations, FuelFix reports.