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 Senate intends to try to override President Obama’s veto of the Keystone XL pipeline approval this week, while the House plans a vote on measures targeting the Environmental Protection Agency’s use of scientific data, National Journal reports.
Republicans from the Gulf region are angry about Obama administration proposals to cut the money states will get from offshore oil and gas drilling, and Alabama lawmakers Rep. Bradley Byrne and Sen. Richard Shelby say the proposal is "dead on arrival", The Hill reports.
Negotiations between refiners -– represented by Shell Oil. Co. -- and striking workers are set to resume Wednesday, as the walkout by United Steelworkers, now affecting 15 plants, drags toward its second month, Reuters reports.
A strong dollar and an increase in Libyan production helped to pressure oil prices early Monday. U.S. benchmark crude for April delivery dropped 95 cents to $48.81 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent fell $1.28 cents to $61.30, Reuters reports.
The administration of Pennsylvania’s new Democratic governor, Tom Wolf, is set to release plans to update drilling rules to address concerns about the health and environmental impact of natural gas drilling, The Associated Press reports.
Low natural gas prices have suppressed the demand for coal, Duke Energy Progress executive Brett Phipps told the Kentucky Public Service Commission in a filing, predicting that coal prices would remain stable in the short term but could become more volatile in the future as miners cut back production, Platts reports.