The Eastern European or Russian hacking ring DarkSide’s cyberattack has wreaked havoc on the Colonial Pipeline, which transports a large percentage of the gasoline, jet fuel, and other refined petroleum into several states throughout the southeastern U.S. and mid-Atlantic.
Article by Patrick Tyrrell and Anthony B. Kim from Daily Signal.
News of the pipeline’s shutdown sparked a panic-fueled run on gasoline, and caused gas prices to spike and many filling stations to run out of gas in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and other states, and in Washington, D.C.
In response, the Biden administration has granted a waiver to a century-old law to allow one company to transport oil products between the Gulf Coast and East Coast ports until the Colonial Pipeline supply problems are remedied.
The law President Joe Biden waived is the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, also known as the Jones Act. But Biden’s waiver raises the question: If waiving the Jones Act facilitates domestic trade in a time of crisis, why restrict transport of legal and beneficial goods anytime?
The Jones Act requires that ships transporting goods between two points in the United States must be built in the United States, mostly U.S.-owned and mostly crewed by U.S. citizens.
The law is intended to protect U.S. shipbuilders from competition, but it imposes steep costs on Americans.
For example, shipping oil to the Northeast from Texas under the Jones Act costs three times as much as shipping oil there from Africa—a difference no one would pay voluntarily. Because it’s so expensive to use Jones Act-compliant ships between two U.S. ports, goods are often not transported that way.
Goods can also be transported by trucks and rail, but that comes with its own trade-offs, such as air pollution and wear and tear on U.S. highways. In the case of transporting oil, it’s less cost-effective than if moved by ship or pipeline.
Even as the Jones Act has raised costs reverberating through the economy for Americans, it has also failed in its original objectives of enhancing national security and maintaining shipbuilding capacity for the military.
In times of war since 1990, foreign-flagged commercial ships carried twice as much equipment as U.S. vessels. More than 300 U.S. shipyards have gone out of business since 1983. Building a U.S.-flagged ship costs as much as eight times as much as it costs foreign counterparts, and U.S. shipbuilding is less than 1% the size of the shipbuilding industries in China or South Korea as a result.
In addition to reducing barriers to more efficient oil supply, there could be additional benefits to repealing the Jones Act.
For example, the Jones Act unnecessarily complicates the process of, and increases the cost of, siting offshore wind projects.
The U.S. is facing a new era of high inflation now, and repealing the Jones Act would mitigate that threat to the economy by lowering the embedded transportation costs of goods that are sold in the United States.
The Colonial Pipeline cyberattack is a clear example of why the Jones Act should be repealed. It’s time to relegate the problematic law to history’s dustbin so that it no longer threatens America’s national security and the well-being of all Americans.
‘The Purge’ by Big Tech targets conservatives, including us
Just when we thought the Covid-19 lockdowns were ending and our ability to stay afloat was improving, censorship reared its ugly head.
For the last few months, NOQ Report, Conservative Playbook, and the American Conservative Movement have appealed to our readers for assistance in staying afloat through Covid-19 lockdowns. The downturn in the economy has limited our ability to generate proper ad revenue just as our traffic was skyrocketing. We had our first sustained stretch of three months with over a million visitors in November, December, and January, but February saw a dip.
It wasn’t just the shortened month. We expected that. We also expected the continuation of dropping traffic from “woke” Big Tech companies like Google, Facebook, and Twitter, but it has actually been much worse than anticipated. Our Twitter account was banned. Both of our YouTube accounts were banned. Facebook “fact-checks” everything we post. Spotify canceled us. Medium canceled us. Apple canceled us. Why? Because we believe in the truth prevailing, and that means we will continue to discuss “taboo” topics.
The 2020 presidential election was stolen. You can’t say that on Big Tech platforms without risking cancellation, but we’d rather get cancelled for telling the truth rather than staying around to repeat mainstream media’s lies. They have been covering it up since before the election and they’ve convinced the vast majority of conservative news outlets that they will be harmed if they continue to discuss voter fraud. We refuse to back down. The truth is the truth.
The lies associated with Covid-19 are only slightly more prevalent than the suppression of valid scientific information that runs counter to the prescribed narrative. We should be allowed to ask questions about the vaccines, for example, as there is ample evidence for concern. One does not have to be an “anti-vaxxer” in order to want answers about vaccines that are still considered experimental and that have a track record in a short period of time of having side-effects, including death. One of our stories about the Johnson & Johnson “vaccine” causing blood clots was “fact-checked” and removed one day before the government hit the brakes on it. These questions and news items are not allowed on Big Tech which is just another reason we are getting canceled.
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