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Jones Act reform need not be all or nothing

Barge on Mississippi River at Memphis The following article was published originally on July 10, 2022, in the Daily Memphian, based in Memphis, Tenn. ____________ The Fourth of July is a time of remembrance for Americans. We celebrate our country’s independence from English rule and the harmful laws and taxes

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‘Shipping security’ more Jones Act shibai

You probably have heard that the Jones Act ensures Hawaii’s “shipping security,” regardless of whatever else might be going on in the world.[1] This isn’t true. Most recently, Jones Act supporters have tried to buttress their “shipping security” claim by pointing to the recent port congestion along the U.S. West

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Hawaii needs Jones Act waiver for oil imports

With Hawaii reliant on a U.S. geopolitical rival for its oil, there has always been a risk that the islands could be cut off from their energy supplies in the event of a conflict. In 2014, the Hawaii Refinery Task Force predicted: “If access to foreign sources of petroleum products

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Young Brothers audit ignores the elephant in the room

The following article was first published Oct. 5, 2021, in The Honolulu Star-Advertiser. ____________ Young Brothers needs to get its act together, according to an audit released last month by the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission, which regulates the state’s only interisland waterborne cargo carrier. Conducted by independent consulting company Munro

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Jones Act reform need not be all or nothing

Barge on Mississippi River at Memphis The following article was published originally on July 10, 2022, in the Daily Memphian, based in Memphis, Tenn. ____________ The Fourth of July is a time of remembrance for Americans. We celebrate our country’s independence from English rule and the harmful laws and taxes

Read More →

‘Shipping security’ more Jones Act shibai

You probably have heard that the Jones Act ensures Hawaii’s “shipping security,” regardless of whatever else might be going on in the world.[1] This isn’t true. Most recently, Jones Act supporters have tried to buttress their “shipping security” claim by pointing to the recent port congestion along the U.S. West

Read More →

Hawaii needs Jones Act waiver for oil imports

With Hawaii reliant on a U.S. geopolitical rival for its oil, there has always been a risk that the islands could be cut off from their energy supplies in the event of a conflict. In 2014, the Hawaii Refinery Task Force predicted: “If access to foreign sources of petroleum products

Read More →

Young Brothers audit ignores the elephant in the room

The following article was first published Oct. 5, 2021, in The Honolulu Star-Advertiser. ____________ Young Brothers needs to get its act together, according to an audit released last month by the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission, which regulates the state’s only interisland waterborne cargo carrier. Conducted by independent consulting company Munro

Read More →