2tuna2furious t1_ix8hkam wrote

US merchant marine employment is like 10,000 people and they wouldn’t necessarily be unemployed by a repeal in the Jones act

Domestically shipped goods are rarely shipped between US ports because the Jones Act makes it expensive compared to truck and rail. This congests the roads and increases carbon emissions. Areas like Puerto Rico and Hawaii don’t have truck or rail connections so they get screwed bigly

The Jones act has been in place for 100 years and the US merchant marine and shipping industry has been decimated anyway. It has been an abject failure