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.
The House and Senate energy policy bills are both crafted to attract bipartisan backing and to avoid more controversial issues like the Keystone pipeline, lifting the crude oil export ban and reining in environmental regulations, Roll Call reports.
Instead of denying a threat from climate change, Republican presidential candidates like Jeb Bush and Carly Fiorina say the best hope of fighting it lies with industry and the private sector, National Journal reports.
“Real leadership means taking stands,” Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley said to supporters in an email Monday after rival Hillary Clinton once again refused to take a position on the controversial project to build the Keystone XL pipeline, The Hill reports.
The National Association of Manufacturers has launched an ad campaign to block moves by the Obama administration and the Environmental Protection Agency to lower the levels of ozone allowed in the atmosphere, The Hill reports.
Lawyers for Don Blankenship have filed a motion in court, asking U.S. District Court Judge Irene Berger to exclude testimony on the Upper Big Branch mine explosion from the former Massey Energy CEO’s perjury and conspiracy trial, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reports.
More losses from China's stock market continued to pressure oil prices early Tuesday. U.S. benchmark crude dropped 36 cents to $47.03 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent lost 78 cents to $52.69, Reuters reports.
Problems with nuclear plants being built from modules produced in the factory -- the Vogtle project in Georgia and the V.C. Summer plant in South Carolina -- have crushed hopes that the construction method would usher in a renaissance for new nuclear plants, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The problems with Japanese electronics giant Toshiba overstating profits and minimizing losses on its balance sheet stemmed in part from a Westinghouse project, most likely involving AP1000 nuclear construction in China, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
A $1.5 billion impairment charge and continuing low prices for oil and natural gas hurt the balance sheet for Southwestern Energy in the second quarter despite an increase in production. The company posted a net loss of $815 million compared to a $207 million profit in the period during 2014, Dow Jones reports.