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.
Oil dropped again early Friday, retreating from previous gains, as traders decided news of a drop in Saudi supplies didn't signal a cut in OPEC production. West Texas Intermediate crude for December delivery fell 74 cents to $81.35 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent slid 1.2 percent, trading $1.02 lower to $85.81, Bloomberg reports.
A microbe that eats carbon and releases methane in its place – Methanoflorens stordalenmirensis – is multiplying in the Arctic melt and accelerating the global warming process, according to scientists writing in the journal Nature this week, The Washington Post reports.
Californians for Energy Independence, a political action committee backed by the oil industry, has raised $7.6 million to fight Measure P in Santa Barbara County and Measure J in San Benito County, which prohibit hydraulic fracturing, FuelFix reports.
Despite a negative assessment from an administrative law judge, the Illinois Commerce Commission has approved Commonwealth Edison’s plan to build the Grand Prairie Gateway transmission line, which could bring 1,000 more megawatts of power to the north of the state and grid operator PJM Interconnection when it’s completed in 2017, Platts reports.
Southern Co. subsidiary Southern Power has bought the Solar Gen 2 plant in California from First Solar Inc., and will sell the electricity from it on to San Diego Gas & Electric, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Scientists in New England, in a study published in the Journal of Economic Geography, have found that people were more likely to install solar panels on their roof if they live nearby someone else who had done so, The Washington Post reports.
Climate analyst Rick S. Piltz has died from cancer at age 71, he quit the George W. Bush administration after he claimed his bosses were tweaking report language to play down climate change risks, The New York Times reports.