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President Gives Green Light and American Jobs to Foreign Owned and Operated Ships in U.S. Waters

June 23, 2011

Today, President Obama waived the Jones Act, thus importing foreign workers to take more American jobs.

It is mind boggling that the President would jeopardize national security by letting foreign owned and operated ships transport oil from our Strategic Petroleum Reserve to and from American ports. (Ironically, the President had earlier cited Libyan unrest as a national security emergency in order to tap those reserves.)

For more than a year, the Obama Administration has had a stranglehold on energy development in the Gulf of Mexico, which has put tens of thousands of Americans out of work. The Administration talks incessantly about the importance of safety and environmental compliance by industry, but when those regulations stand in the way of the President’s agenda, he doesn’t hesitate to do the opposite. Foreign-flagged vessels do not have to comply with U.S. safety and environmental standards. They do not pay U.S. taxes. And most certain, they do not employ U.S. workers.

Sometimes you just can’t explain stupid.

Jim Adams

Jim Adams
President and CEO, Offshore Marine Service Association

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