James Coleman: The Jones Act

September 13, 2017

James Coleman, Professor of Law and Southern Methodist University. Before Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida, the Trump administration took precautionary measures and temporarily waived the Jones Act in order to maintain energy supplies in Florida. The Jones Act regulation dates back to 1920 and requires all shipping between U.S. ports be done by American-made and American-steered vessels. With the provisional lift in place, one must ponder if the strict environmental regulation imposed by the Jones Act provides any substantial benefits after all. 


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