Dutch Koseq Sweeping Arms vs. Obama’s Jones-Act Disaster
Koseq rigid sweeping arm systems – the best oil recovery equipment for offshore. The only tool for recovery of oil on open sea that works even under severe weather and sea conditions.
Updated: The Dutch offered to loan the U.S. four of these systems on day 3 of the Gulf disaster, but Obama said, “thanks but, no thanks.” Now it’s too late. How long did it take to waive the Jones-Act? Fifty some-odd days? How many lives, jobs, and businesses have been ruined unnecessarily? How much marine life could have been saved had Obama acted sooner? All Obama had to do was waive the Jones Act. All he needed to do was put America first.
Now he owns it. This is Obama’s Jones-Act Massacre.
By the way, since we have several thousand active oil wells in the Gulf of Mexico, exactly how many modern day oil skimmers do we have, on standby, in the region?
I think we need a six-month moratorium on Obama’s big mouth, and then some real change in 2010 and again in 2012.
2 thoughts on “Obama’s Jones-Act Massacre: Updated”
Even two years after the accident I consider this was a bad decision. While the Jones Act has the power to support a powerful national maritime industry, it is clear that has its flaws, as this accident revealed and by the way I heard that not only the Dutch help was refused based on the Jones Act, but other countries help as well. While I was reading more about the Jones Act I found that this Act also covers the rights of seaman for compensation, as it is explained here but I was wondering is this the same Act that only allows US built/owned/flagged/crewed vessels to operate in U.S.? Perhaps someone could clarify this for me.