Questions have been raised in Congress about the inability of some Americans to consume U.S. liquefied natural gas. Answers recently provided by the Jones Act lobby, however, were an exercise in misdirection.
It is frequently claimed that the Jones Act is a vital asset to U.S. national security. As a new paper explains, such claims should be met with a skeptical eye.
Policymakers must consider either major reform of the law or outright repeal.
Just as the U.S. should not shun goods made abroad, neither should the government effectively place its thumb on the scale in favor of imports through misguided policy such as the Jones Act.
Despite its current energy boom, the United States is set to import Russia‐originated liquefied natural gas. The Jones Act is the reason why.
Four years after the El Faro’s sinking, old ships are still abundant in the Jones Act fleet.
President Trump should use trade negotiations with the United Kingdom as an opportunity to push for relief from the Jones Act.
To expand the number of U.S.-flag ships the United States should repeal the Jones Act’s domestic‐build requirement.