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Environment & Energy

The Jones Act and Crude Oil

With the recommendation from the Hawaii Refinery Task Force and the push to persuade Gov. Abercrombie to work towards a Jones Act exemption, we might have finally found the Act’s Achilles heel …oil. It may be  frustrating that the other economic woes the Act causes Hawaii’s citizens don’t have quite the

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Want energy independence? Waive the Jones Act

(Grassroot Institute Note: The unsustainability of the Jones Act is becoming more and more apparent as it runs headlong into the energy debate. This article from AEI scholar Mark Perry is especially interesting in light of the recent recommendation from the Hawaii Refinery Task Force that the state seek a

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Hawaii Refinery Task Force Recommends Jones Act Exemption

The Hawaii State Department of Business Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) released its Hawaii Refinery Task Force Final Report on April 28, 2014.  The report recommends, among other things, the State seek a Jones Act exemption to prepare for permanent closure of the State’s two small petroleum oil refineries. Hawaii Governor Neil

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The Jones Act vs. the Oil Industry

Perhaps it is the complexity of cabotage laws that has led so many to ignore the ramifications of the Jones Act until its consequences are brought home in a real (and expensive way). After all, we in Hawaii have been among those most disadvantaged by the Jones Act, and many

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Grassroot Testimony on GMO Labeling

March 20, 2014 To: House Committee on Agriculture Rep. Jessica Wooley, Chair Rep. Richard H.K. Onishi, Vice Chair   From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina, Ph.D.   RE: SB 2435 HD1 PROPOSED — RELATING TO AGRICULTURE   Dear Chair and Committee Members: From ancient times the Hippocratic Oath

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The Jones Act Strikes Oil

When a law has as broad a reach as the Jones Act does, you’re likely to run into it in some unlikely places. Just a few weeks ago, it was a barrier for New Jersey in getting the road salt it needed to keep highways safe during an unusually tough

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The Brighter Side: Honoring Human Achievement

By Malia Hill Tomorrow, March 23, some people here in Hawaii (and around the world) will be shutting off their lights and sitting in darkness in order to honor “Earth Hour”—a largely symbolic plea to the governments of the world to take action on climate change.  And it’s likely to

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The Jones Act and Crude Oil

With the recommendation from the Hawaii Refinery Task Force and the push to persuade Gov. Abercrombie to work towards a Jones Act exemption, we might have finally found the Act’s Achilles heel …oil. It may be  frustrating that the other economic woes the Act causes Hawaii’s citizens don’t have quite the

Read More →

Want energy independence? Waive the Jones Act

(Grassroot Institute Note: The unsustainability of the Jones Act is becoming more and more apparent as it runs headlong into the energy debate. This article from AEI scholar Mark Perry is especially interesting in light of the recent recommendation from the Hawaii Refinery Task Force that the state seek a

Read More →

Hawaii Refinery Task Force Recommends Jones Act Exemption

The Hawaii State Department of Business Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) released its Hawaii Refinery Task Force Final Report on April 28, 2014.  The report recommends, among other things, the State seek a Jones Act exemption to prepare for permanent closure of the State’s two small petroleum oil refineries. Hawaii Governor Neil

Read More →

The Jones Act vs. the Oil Industry

Perhaps it is the complexity of cabotage laws that has led so many to ignore the ramifications of the Jones Act until its consequences are brought home in a real (and expensive way). After all, we in Hawaii have been among those most disadvantaged by the Jones Act, and many

Read More →

Grassroot Testimony on GMO Labeling

March 20, 2014 To: House Committee on Agriculture Rep. Jessica Wooley, Chair Rep. Richard H.K. Onishi, Vice Chair   From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina, Ph.D.   RE: SB 2435 HD1 PROPOSED — RELATING TO AGRICULTURE   Dear Chair and Committee Members: From ancient times the Hippocratic Oath

Read More →

The Jones Act Strikes Oil

When a law has as broad a reach as the Jones Act does, you’re likely to run into it in some unlikely places. Just a few weeks ago, it was a barrier for New Jersey in getting the road salt it needed to keep highways safe during an unusually tough

Read More →

The Brighter Side: Honoring Human Achievement

By Malia Hill Tomorrow, March 23, some people here in Hawaii (and around the world) will be shutting off their lights and sitting in darkness in order to honor “Earth Hour”—a largely symbolic plea to the governments of the world to take action on climate change.  And it’s likely to

Read More →