“An arcane American law protected by powerful interests is causing insane traffic jams”

Because the protectionist Jones Act makes coastwise shipping inordinately expensive, much freight moves in trucks along the interstates that parallel the coasts, contributing to congestion and fuel use [Erik Olsen, Quartz]


  • Then whatever happened to rail? The other alternative to “shipping”. Aren’t diesel electric locomotives as cost effective as ships? Isn’t steel rails less friction inducing than seawater? Can’t rail transport move more weight per man hour of labor than trucking? Just questions from the devil…