Lars Larson on Getting More Oil

Let’s talk about some new and cheaper ways to get more oil into America’s supply.

I had a fascinating conversation with an oil industry expert the other day, Jack Rafuse. I talked to him about a number of issues that I don’t hear anybody bringing up, Democrat or Republican. Like this one. Why aren’t we bringing more of that Alaskan oil down onto the West coast of America””say to the refineries in Los Angeles? Because of something called the Jones Act.

You can’t do it. The Jones Act says you can’t use a foreign flag tanker to bring oil from Alaska to any other U.S. port. If we wave that law, we would be able to bring more oil to America. That increases our supply from our oil wells in Alaska and puts the jobs of refining that oil into American hands.

Who’s behind the Jones Act? The unions. They don’t like the idea of allowing non-American flag tankers to call on U.S. ports. They think it protects union jobs. Well, it’s hurting the country. So let’s get rid of it.

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  • Steve Plunk

    It’s a sad state of affairs when obscure laws like this can have such effects and most of us are unaware. This is how are legislative bodies work these days. Short sighted and blinded by campaign contributions.

  • Rupert in Springfield

    I doubt you will get anywhere with the Jones act. Getting the Federal government out of its entanglement with unions proves very difficult. Think about how much the Davis Bacon act, which requires union wages be paid on federal contracts costs the average taxpayer?

    A different solution to try would be to simply stop taxing oil tankers as an asset. I’m not sure if it has changed, and it has been a while, but in my seafaring days most ships were Liberian flagged. Indeed Liberia has vastly more ships registered to them than any other country. The reason for this being they didn’t tax them.

    If you drop the taxes on sea vessels, I think you would find many ships reflagging.

    Frankly ending all taxes on equipment would go a real long way to improving the health of manufacturing in this country, When a business owner find the position of having paid off all his equipment to be a losing one, and then sells it to rent it back because it is better financially, that’s a ridiculous situation. Its actually fairly common though.

  • dean

    And what makes this rapidly depleting Alaska oil any “cheaper” than any other oil? I thought the price was set in a global market.

    • Steve Plunk

      Oil prices are set globally and it is a fungible commodity but transportation costs make a difference since the price is for delivered oil. Any supplies closer to home would help.

      The larger issue for me is this is another example of government getting in the way. As H. Simpson would say, stupid government.

    • Anonymous

      It costs two cents more a gallon more to bring fuel to Eastern Oregon from Portland because of added hiway use taxes, insurance, etc. Imagine the cost for additional crude.

  • Jerry

    Typical government screw-up with unintended consequences. Like always. Just get the heck out of the way. Man, these people could not run a business on their own if their lives depended on it.
    They are bad, bad people doing bad, bad things. That government which governs least governs best.
    Live free or cry!

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