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Maui Council unanimously approves resolution seeking Jones Act waiver -- Hawaii County Next?
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:47 PM :: 1069 Views :: Hawaii County , Maui County, Jones Act

Maui County unanimously approves resolution seeking Jones Act waiver

The county becomes the first of Hawaii’s four counties to request such a waiver, which would allow the use of foreign-flagged ships to import oil to the islands

News release from Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, April 1, 2022.

HONOLULU, April 1, 2022 >> The Maui County Council unanimously approved today a resolution urging the federal government to grant Hawaii a temporary waiver from the Jones Act for oil imports.

In doing so, it became the first of Hawaii’s four county councils to request such a waiver, adding its voice to similar requests submitted by U.S. Rep. Ed Case of Hawaii and the nonprofit Grassroot Institute of Hawaii.

“This is a historic moment in grassroots efforts to obtain relief for Hawaii from the burdensome federal Jones Act,” said Keli‘i Akina, president and CEO of the institute. “Especially now, with Hawaii losing access to as much as a third of its oil imports from Russia, Hawaii residents need speedy and inexpensive access to U.S. oil sources, which the Jones Act has made uneconomical because of its rules against shipping competition.”

Resolution 22-90, introduced by Councilmember Mike Molina, says because of Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine in early March, the Maui County Council “supports actions by the United States to implement sanctions against Russia, including the ban on imported oil.”

However, it notes, “the people of Hawaii are being asked to bear a disproportionate share of the burden [of those sanctions] because of artificially high prices caused by the Jones Act, a federal law that requires the transport of goods exclusively on a limited number of domestic vessels, resulting in higher costs for Hawaii consumers.”

Hawaii’s only refinery, Par Hawaii, has said it will be replacing those Russian imports with crude oil from “South and North America.” But, says the resolution, “for both strategic and economic reasons, the best replacement for Russian oil imports is domestic supply.”

Hawaii should “no longer be forced to rely on foreign actors for energy in the current geopolitical climate,” says the resolution, “and its citizens should not be excessively impacted when there is an ability to mitigate the harm.”

Thus, the Council wants the federal government to “waive Jones Act requirements and allow foreign-flag vessels to engage in coastwise trade in the interest of national defense.”

In addition, it says, “temporarily exempting Hawaii from Jones Act requirements could help stabilize costs for fuel, building materials, affordable housing, delivery costs for small business, household items like batteries, canned food and toiletries and other goods and services.”

On other Jones Act fronts …

Hawaii County Council member Matt Kanealii-Kleinfelder said today he also is planning to introduce a resolution soon seeking a Hawaii waiver from the Jones Act.

“As finance chair for Hawaii County and a small business owner, I have seen firsthand the impacts of rising costs associated with COVID-19 and other global concerns,” said Kanealii-Kleinfelder. “An exemption from certain requirements of the Jones Act for Hawaii could provide significant positive change across many different economic sectors in our state.”

In Washington, D.C., White House officials said yesterday that President Joe Bidenis planning to release 1 million barrels of oil per day for the next six months from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to help shore up global supplies.

But transporting SPR supplies to Hawaii also would benefit from a Jones Act waiver, to make available adequate transport vessels and keep down operational costs.

“Given the historic volumes we plan to release, it is also possible that Jones Act-qualified vessels may not always be available to carry additional shipments in a timely manner,” said a senior administration official.

“When that is the case, the administration stands ready to promptly process Jones Act waiver requests to ensure orderly and timely delivery of oil.  Several agencies have already coordinated to make this process work smoothly. We will be receiving requests seven days a week, and we will work to process any waiver requests quickly with the goal of providing a response within two days.”

The Grassroot Institute’s testimony

In written testimony submitted to the Maui County Council on Resolution 22-90, Ted Kefalas, Grassroot Institute director of strategic campaigns, said, “Our islands already are suffering from a run up in fuel prices” because of the fuel shortages. AAA Hawaii reported yesterday that the average regular unleaded gas price for Hawaii is $5.20, which is 11 cents higher than last week and a new record for the state.”

A waiver from the Jones Act, he said, “would give Hawaii much-needed purchasing flexibility and help ensure its energy security. This would allow Hawaii to access less expensive oil from other U.S. states as opposed to foreign countries.”

In oral testimony, Kefalas suggested a few amendments to the resolution, but, “otherwise,” he said, “we feel that this resolution excellently conveys the severity of the current situation.

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GRIH Testimony: Kudos to Maui County resolution seeking Jones Act waiver

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