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 was rising early Friday on the back of the Energy Information Administration reporting a drop in U.S. crude inventories. West Texas Intermediate crude for July delivery gained 64 cents to $58.32 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent was up 59 cents to $63.17, The Wall Street Journal reports.
A $250 million solar project in Minnesota that will see panels installed in 21 different locations -- Geronimo Energy’s Aurora Solar Project – has won approval from the state Public Utilities Commission, the StarTribune reports.
The insistence that oil companies be able to drill relief wells in the event of an emergency is a major sticking point when it comes to the Obama administration plan to allow Arctic drilling, according to comments filed by groups including the American Petroleum Institute, FuelFix reports.
In one of a number of efficiency successes reported by Business Insider, Kohl’s department store chain is saving up to 18 percent of its energy costs after installing software that enables it to monitor energy meters remotely, according to installer Environmental Systems Inc.
The Energy Spark program being put together by Washington state offers homeowners a reduced mortgage rate if they buy an energy efficient home or make efficiency improvements to their existing house, KIRO reports.
The market for home battery systems that cost thousands of dollars is presently very small, The Wall Street Journal reports, noting that Tesla’s Elon Musk and his competitors are banking on swift growth as they push to develop energy storage systems.
U.S. ethanol stocks dropped to a low for the year of just under 20.1 million barrels last week, despite a production increase of 11,000 barrels per day, according to Energy Information Administration data, Platts reports.
Specifically excluding some wetlands and ponds from Environmental Protection Agency jurisdiction under the agency’s new water rule is “a pretty big deal” and “a huge concession,” present and former EPA officials have told E&E.
A Maine legislative committee has killed several energy proposals brought forward by Republican Gov. Paul LePage, including a measure that would have dismantled net metering and another that would have helped utilities with financing natural gas pipelines, the Portland Press Herald reports.