Commissioner Christian encourages Congress to review Jones Act

4/1/2018

AUSTIN -- Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian (R-Texas) today encouraged Congress to review the Jones Act of 1920. In his letter, Christian said a provision of the Jones Act that restricts cargo from being transported between U.S. ports unless it is carried on American-flagged ships has created a situation in which many parts of the northeastern United States are forced to buy natural gas from Russia instead of purchasing from domestic sources, like Texas.

"Energy security is national security," said Christian. "We should not have policies in place that encourage buying foreign energy when we have a surplus of natural gas in our own backyard."

In 2017, the U.S. exported more natural gas than it imported for the first time since 1957.

"Much like the former ban on crude oil exports, this provision is a relic of a previous time that serves no practical purpose in the modern world," continued Christian. "As the United States positions itself to surpass Saudi Arabia and Russia as the world's top energy producer, it is imperative we take advantage of this blessing and move closer to energy security."

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