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Trump Waves Jones Act For Puerto Rico

September 29, 2017

President Donald J. Trump has issued a 10-day waiver on the Jones Act for Puerto Rico relief efforts. The 1920 maritime law prohibits foreign-flagged ships from transporting goods from one U.S. port to another U.S. port. After being devastated by both Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the U.S. island territory is in terrible shape. The Port of San Juan, pictured below, is open and functioning. However, some 9,500 cargo containers are piling up due to several problems. Aside from many roads still being blocked or damaged, only one-fifth of truck drivers in Puerto Rico have returned to work. In addition, diesel fuel is in short supply, making delivering supplies difficult.

 

 

 

After Hurricane Harvey had shutdown oil production and refineries in Texas and Louisiana, President Trump issued a temporary waiver to the Jones Act. This was intended to expedite delivery of gasoline and diesel fuel to Florida as Hurricane Irma approached. Over 1.5 million people evacuated from coastal dwellings, causing fuel shortages across the state. Now, the goal of this latest waiver of the Jones Act is to get more supplies, especially fuel, to Puerto Rico.

 

The Jones Act of 1920 became a subject of controversy during the BP oil spill in 2010. Barack Obama refused to issue a waiver, which would have allowed foreign-flagged vessels from The Netherlands and from Saudi Arabia to assist in clean up efforts in the Gulf of Mexico. The Dutch oil company Shell Oil has state-of-the-art vessels which can literally vacuum spilled oil from the sea at a rate far greater than any methods U.S. ships can. Much of the cleaning during the BP oil spill was done by fishing boats using archaic methods similar to just dragging towels across the surface to soak up oil, then get squeezed out at a site on shore. Had Obama relented against the Maritime unions, the Gulf would have been cleaned up much faster with less damage to the environment and the economy.

 

But, no, Obama did not, since he needed to count on union voters in elections. President Donald Trump, on the other hand, is more interested in achieving results. So, he has not been reluctant to waive the Jones Act in order to get things done quicker. Unlike Obama, President Trump is not worried about stepping on toes to get the job done. Bless his heart! The people of Puerto Rico face a massive undertaking, which some estimate could take upwards of 20 to 30 years to repair all of the damage Hurricanes Irma and Maria did. Thanks to President Trump, getting supplies to where they are needed should begin shortly as more diesel fuel arrives.

 

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