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Waiving the Jones Act helps alleviate fuel shortages

GasBuddy Blog -- When the nation was squarely focused on the presidential election it was easy to lose sight of the urgent problems facing thousands of New York & New Jersey victims of Hurricane Sandy. Death. Destruction. Homelessness. Power outages. Shortages of food, water, gasoline. After President Obama made his visit and promised help in any way necessary, FEMA assistance was all but invisible, prompting former Mayor Rudy Giuliani to say that FEMA’s response in New York has been no better than it was in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, for which it was lambasted.

But, there was one thing the federal government did right –post Sandy-- that many of us may have overlooked. It issued a temporary blanket waiver last week of the Jones...


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2012 7:25:33 AM

seems like Katrina and other storms, the media has moved on and many of Sandy's innocent victims are still without much help.
gasokie
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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2012 4:47:28 PM

Yeah...people were glad to get whatever help they could get. Oh wait! Union thugs in NJ ran off non-union utility workers who had been sent to help. Oh me.
honda0105
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More: have fun seceeding. You'll find it's a lot more expensive than you and many others thought.
Cheepo
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 2:43:19 PM

Bravo MOREDJEG!!!!!!!!!!!!!
MOREDLEG
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 12:08:50 PM

SOS, FEMA is a bloated bureacratic inefficient arm of govt that should be thrown on the ash heap of history. Get rid of FEMA, empower the states, (SEMA) and we all will be better off.
CapriceWagon
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 10:18:52 AM

"He did just enough to take credit for something without having done anything (but play golf.)" - WRInc

Exactly.
bady777
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 9:23:26 AM

ok
mrpc90
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 7:34:34 AM

This is what happens when you have way too many people living in way too small of an area... and their elected leaders (such as Bloomberg) are idiots. When things go wrong, they go really wrong.
NotTom
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 5:05:02 AM

Yea but home heating and diesel are also needed....
greshams
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 5:02:43 AM

seems like they would know how to handle these things by now.
Ziggy1962
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 5:00:43 AM

A little late.
JacksonLittle
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 4:59:24 AM

Action sparked by trying to keep their own jobs. Go figure. Now they just really need to focus upon ensuring that those restrictions are mandated properly and not idlely.
CarefreeVT
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I agree with WR-INC, how many vacations is that...
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 4:56:34 AM

removing artificial market restrictions improved supply and delivery. Imagine the possibilities.
WR-INC
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 4:53:18 AM

He did just enough to take credit for something without having done anything (but play golf.)
jci25946
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 4:52:55 AM

One thing right out of many wrongs!
tomok
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 4:52:52 AM

Waiving the Jones Act helps alleviate fuel shortages, need more fuel and electricity in the affected hurricane areas. People need to drive and have electrical service for their lives to continue as it did before the storm.
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle, Produce and ‘Drive’ vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
XII/XXII/MMXII!
SavingInNC
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 4:52:02 AM

Right gabbygusIN!
gabbygusIN
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 4:49:41 AM

He showed up at the right time for votes... that was all!!
BigDogOH
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 4:48:30 AM

Too little too late
vulcan96
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 4:45:06 AM

wow - imagine that.....
TravelinMan52
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 4:43:28 AM

Whatever it takes to assist in that area, is a good thing...
ponyNJ
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 4:43:27 AM

Keyword here is TEMPORARY.
Tiput
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 4:39:18 AM

old
fratt
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 4:35:49 AM

Old news.
mrjames1818
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 4:34:27 AM

So what happens after Nov. 13 - do prices begin to climb again?
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 4:24:06 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 4:18:52 AM

Old
gaseye2010
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 4:16:28 AM

It was to get votes, shows how much he cares talk is cheep.
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 4:12:42 AM

A needle in a haystack!
pepinoNC
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 4:10:15 AM

Do what is necessary.
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 4:08:00 AM

old news
nightworker998
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 4:07:24 AM

There's not too many regulations since the government doesn't enforce them
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 4:06:50 AM

In this timeframe leaders should lead and not blame others.
lenasdude
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 4:06:05 AM

Lots of talk, not a lot of action.
SteveMartin
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 4:02:31 AM

Too many regulations.
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 3:59:19 AM

Agree with findcheap.........
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 3:58:57 AM

ok
wkb03
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 3:55:14 AM

Temporary is a key word here...
chuckwthompson
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 3:54:24 AM

SilliesRock is absolutely correct!
Pozole
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 3:52:02 AM

...1st I heard of Jones act was when the Russians made emergency delivery through the ice to northern Alaska last winter...
rbutterw
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 3:49:05 AM

Here's a clear example of gov regs which have clearly been in the way all along
SBlouch
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 3:48:34 AM

This is the first time I heard of the Jones Act.
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 3:48:06 AM

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gamalerin
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 3:45:46 AM

We need to give them time.
findcheap
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 3:44:01 AM

This blog has its facts completely wrong. The media extensively covered Sandy, & for a long time. FEMA was right there. But it cannot be everywhere instantly, which is what the blog suggest was expected.The NY mayor was talking the usual political talk and maintain his favor with the people.
Brucevanf
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 3:43:41 AM

OK
lgwhitlock
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 3:41:17 AM

We need to look at all our laws and consider what we really need versus what is nice to have. It seems to me we have to much regulation and maybe this is one of those times...
djgunrunner
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 3:38:54 AM

This was a good thing.
goldseeker
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 3:38:13 AM

Your kidding.
twobroke61
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Message Posted: Nov 15, 2012 3:34:29 AM

never heard of the jones act until now
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