Whether you think it’s a good thing or a bad thing, if you live in Hawaii, your cost of living is going up! The EPA has ordered all ships visiting Hawaii to burn low sulfur fuel when they enter waters within two hundred miles of the islands. This will have a significant impact on costs to deliver all goods to Hawaii.
Perhaps it’s time to go down and buy those goods you wanted before the markup shows up on the sticker price, everything from homes, cars, food, and more.
Most of us understand that this is the beginning, not the end, and we should expect the EPA to extend those limits in increments. Some have calculated that this first move will cost 3% or more, and don’t we all know, that gets passed on to consumers.
DIYers, we all understand that the Marine Fleet lives or dies according to the efficiency of their vessels, and this is exactly why so many Maritime steam plant ships have been beached and salvaged in third world countries. Marine Diesels are remarkably efficient, if there was anything more efficient, it would be in the water now.
We might ask.. how will the Maritime fleet respond? We are all aware that there are ripple effects to decisions like this, and perhaps there are opportunities for investors who anticipate what will come out of this mandate?
Will the higher cost of building homes soon be reflected in home values in Hawaii? Will we see a new fleet of sailing ships operating between the mainland and Hawaii? How about Maritime Nuke boats? No doubt in my mind they can be made safe, and Marine Nuke power plants have an excellent safety record, why not?
The hybrid diesel electric Cargo Ship? Imagine the Room aboard for battery packs? Imagine your opportunity to place a WEB ad for Investors in your design? You think it’s not a workable idea? Since when did that matter? Consider all the Solar Companies going bankrupt, they are doing so because the major reason to invest in Solar was to capture the subsidies. When subsidies are rolled back or cut after a Country finds they are up to their necks in solar and debt, we should expect the suppliers to go bankrupt. Germany is an excellent example, read the current news articles.
The Maritime Fleet has always embraced efficiency, they do it in order to stay profitable, and we need ask.. what happens if they are no longer profitable?
The Nuke powered cargo ship is in our future, perhaps we should anticipate who will build it and invest? It may be a chance to buy something that could appreciate as much as Apple stock.
But thoughtful people will study the ripple effect further, where does all that used motor oil go now? As the EPA ratchets up their demands to burn nose bleed high low sulfur fuel, won’t the demand for used oil products that have been blended into Maritime fuels in the past to go down? Perhaps you sell your stock in companies who collect this stuff before there’s no market for it at all? All those people saving used oil, all the people making money collecting it, if the demand goes down, then what?
But don’t we know there are opportunities when there are mandates. Imagine the need to verify the compliance of these new EPA laws, maybe we’ll need a new department within the EPA? I’d call it the ‘Department of Maritime Compliance’. Maybe we put a circle of boats around Hawaii at the 200 mile limit, Force all traffic entering to take aboard a compliance officer, he takes a sample of the fuel, and the owner pays a huge fine if the fuel doesn’t pass the lab test. Of course he stays on board and sniffs the stack to assure the fuel is in use right up to the dock.
So, what are we going to do with all that cheap waste oil if we don’t use it in the Maritime fleet? Or perhaps I’m wrong, maybe they never used it for fuel?
Now that we have clean coal plants, will we see the maritime fleet return to coal for power? Don’t we know, the ripple effect is real, so many will attempt to figure out how to make money by predicting the winners and losers.
A sure winner is the EPA, they’ll need more money and more people, and as we heard the President Speak about the highest Court in our land this week, it appears the Justices role in our Government is near obsolete, why would they dare overturn anything a partition majority would vote into being? Maybe all those law clerks, and the justices themselves should consider applying to the EPA for jobs? But.. perhaps it’s not necessary, many who vote believe the EPA is already the higher authority, so perhaps the Supreme Court Justices already work for the EPA?
If you think you’re back in the 1930s, welcome aboard! If we find the new health care law is deemed Constitutional, we should assume the Federal Government has the authority to regulate the size of our families as well. So if you wanted that family of five?…. you better get busy while it’s still legal Son.