The U.S. House approved Senate amendments to the Coast Guard reauthorization with several tweaks that the Louisiana congressional delegation considers favorable to offshore industry.
new provisions are measures like the “Notice of Arrival” so domestic
ships will not have to inform the United States Coast Guard as much as
they do now while moving from different oil rigs. The provisions could
make Louisiana-based vessels and companies more competitive for
offshore energy projects.
In another provision, U.S. Reps.
Cedric Richmond, D-New Orleans, and Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson, claimed
joint victory for a change they authored to eliminate burdensome
Transportation Worker Identification Credential, or TWIC, rules.
goal is to ease the application and renewal process for the
Transportation Worker Identification Credential that must be obtained
by thousands of merchant marines and other similar professions. The
issue is that workers must often appear twice in person at regional
offices in order to complete and renew the credentials. This is
particularly problematic, Scalise said, when people involved are on
ships far overseas and cannot immediately return to the country.
U.S. Rep. Jeff Landry, R-New Iberia, helped push for several of the
successful changes, one of his key amendments was opposed by the oil
and gas industry and was stripped off.
In the aftermath of the
Deepwater Horizon explosion and resulting BP oil leak, Landry had
tacked on an amendment requiring secondary “standby” vessels a certain
distance from oil rigs to more quickly rescue workers in the event of a
The Obama administration has denied any plans to
propose such a tax, which is a fee on corporations that release
greenhouse gases. The president has previously supported an alternative
“cap-and-trade” plan, which allows companies with emissions below their
permitted cap to sell the extra capacity on their permits to companies
releasing more pollutants.
“There’s a lot of talk in
Washington about raising taxes, and finding ‘revenues’ in creative
ways, to avoid going over the fiscal cliff,” Vitter said in the
announcement. “But a carbon tax — which would force more financial
hardship upon family budgets, energy consumers and job seekers — needs
to be completely taken off the table. Our resolution would enshrine
The resolution comes in response to growing pressure for
Congress to consider a carbon tax. At a recent press gathering, White
House Press Secretary Jay Carney said there was no intent to propose
any such fees.
Some groups with environmental ties are already pushing back on Vitter’s resolution.
Roy, vice president of strategic outreach at the non-profit Center for
Climate and Energy Solutions, said closing the door on any
revenue-neutral carbon tax swap is wrong.
“Our country faces
huge fiscal challenges and can’t afford to take options for meeting
those challenges off the table,” Roy said. “One option would be to
reduce taxes on things we want more of,Our technology gives rtls
systems developers the ability. like hard work and investment, and pay
for those tax reductions with a tax on something we want less of:
pollution. A revenue-neutral carbon tax swap could be designed to boost
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pocket or handbag. protect working families, and safeguard the
Lntroduced a resolution this past week that would
reject any efforts of the executive branch to remove the necessity of
congressional approval on federal debt ceiling increases.
resolution comes in the wake of Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner
arguing that Congress should not have debt ceiling authority. President
Barack Obama, meanwhile, has warned congressional Republicans not to
use the debt ceiling as leverage in the so-called fiscal cliff
Fleming said many Republicans would support
raising the debt ceiling if Democrats make key sacrifices on
“entitlement reform.” But Fleming said he would still oppose any debt
ceiling increase even in such a compromise.
The federal debt
ceiling has been raised more than 70 times in the past 50 years,
including 18 times under President Ronald Reagan and three times under
Obama thus far.
The concentration of shipping vessels and oil
tankers also make it a prime target for Somali pirates, since about a
fifth of the world's oil exports pass through the Strait and the Indian
The UAE pledged its commitment to countering regional
threats when it led the CTF 152, a joint international coalition
against piracy in 2009.
"This was the first time the UAE
ventured outside the Gulf to help in the fight against piracy, to
protect merchant vessels and control security in the region," said Rear
Admiral Al Musharakh.
Thirty-three countries now contribute
naval forces to deter piracy in the Gulf of Aden and the eastern coast
of Somalia. The international effort has sharply reduced the number of
The number of piracy attacks fell from 176 last year to 35 until October this year,A specialized manufacturer and supplier of dry cabinet, with nine ships and 154 seamen being held by pirates, according to International Maritime Bureau statistics.
Navy operates corvette class warships, frigates, missile and patrol
boats, as well as technologically advanced vessels such as the Stealth
Falaj 2 and ships armed with anti-submarine and electronic warfare
weapons,Largest gemstone beads
and jewelry making supplies at wholesale prices. mostly built locally
by Etihad Ship Building and the Italian company Fincantieri.
a developing nation has proved a challenge to manpower, according to
Rear Admiral Ahmed Al Sabab Al Teneiji,Argo Mold limited specialize in
Plastic injection mould manufacture, the former chief of the Navy.
in the UAE is constrained and not just in the Navy," he said. "There
is recruitment, of course, but we have one source and only so many
users. We are not a large country so it's important to think technology
rather than attracting more people.