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.
A poll conducted for the American Petroleum Institute reports that 80 percent of respondents support the expansion of new energy infrastructure, and 70 percent support construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, FuelFix reports.
The U.S. Export-Import Bank officially took on a new set of guidelines to limit financing for coal-fired power plants in foreign nations, with exceptions for plants with carbon-capture systems and those built in poor countries without alternatives, National Journal reports.
Speaking at a summit on energy and infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan said his department is at the forefront of the administration's climate action plan, developing plans for disaster recovery and climate-resilient infrastructure, National Journal reports.
The Nuclear Energy Institute criticized the exclusion of nuclear energy from President Obama's recent executive action ordering the federal government to purchase more power from low-carbon sources, saying the move represents a "missed leadership opportunity," Platts reports.
Dallas will have some of the tightest rules in the country on fracking, following a City Council vote Wednesday that critics say virtually imposes a ban on the practice, the Dallas Morning News reports.
There have been 87 earthquakes in Oklahoma in the past week, and thousands in the past three years, The New York Times reports, and scientists are looking at oil and gas water disposal wells as a possible cause.