Saturday, June 12, 2010
The Jones Act and BP Deepwater Spill
On Fox and Friends the claim was made the Jones Act is hindering the cleanup of the BP Deepwater oil spill because foreign vessel which could be used in the cleanup are not allowed to assist .
A scene is shown of some vessel apparently idle because of the Jones Act.
It's all bogus- here is a report from Media Matters.
Anyone making this claim should either supply specifics, what is the name or names of any vessel that can assist but has been prohibited or - how about a nice cup of coffee?
Here is a Journal of Commerce article: Jones Act Supporters Deny Opposing Oil Spill Waivers
Update: I think it would be difficult to make it more clear then this.
From: SF Gate
In an official statement by the Unified Command's Lt. Erik Halvorson, Chief, Joint Information Center of the Unified Area Command said:
I am not aware of any instance in which needed foreign ships or technology have not been accepted due to the Jones Act. The Jones Act is not preventing us from getting the technology that we need.