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Recent Opinion Pieces by Tony Munoz

In case you missed them, here are the most recent Op Ed's from MarEx's Editor-in-Chief, Tony Munoz.

The US Drilling Moratorium --The Economic Impact
(Crude Awaking -3)

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

OPED by Tony Munoz, Editor-in-Chief of the Maritime Executive Magazine and MarEx Newsletter

The September 16, 2010 US Inter-Agency report on the economic effects of the deepwater drilling moratorium on the Gulf Coast economy begins by stating there has been little impact. This is based on conversations with rig companies and review of unemployment insurance claims (UI) that show only about 2,000 rigworkers have ... Read More>

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The American Recovery Act: A Foreign Stimulus Bonanza
(When Good Things Go Bad – 2)

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

By Tony Munoz, Editor-in-Chief of the Maritime Executive Magazine and the MarEx Newsletter

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 and its $787 billion were supposed to stimulate the U.S. economy, revitalize manufacturing and create jobs throughout the country. Today, while unemployment still continues to hover around 10 percent, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported the U.S. only got a slight reduction in the rate of 0.7 to 1.8 percent for its massive ARRA infusion into the ... Read More>

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The Obama Infrastructure Plan, and Another Shipyard Closes

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

OP-ED by Tony Munoz, Editor-in-Chief of the Maritime Executive Magazine and the MarEx Newsletter

As President Obama announced his robust infrastructure investment program touting an immediate infusion of $50 billion for improvements to the nation’s infrastructure, images of a newly revitalized U.S. maritime industry swirled around me in a twilight zone moment. The six-year plan is estimated to cost about $350 billion to fix 150,000 miles of broken roadways, 233,000 miles of dilapidated railroad track, and 150 miles of aging ...Read More>

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Maritime Domain Awareness: Global Maritime Information Sharing

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

OPED by Tony Munoz, Editor-in-Chief, Maritime Executive Magazine and MarEx Newsletter

Securing commercial shipping lanes and harbors has been at the forefront of national security long before the US declared its independence in 1776. In fact, Thomas Jefferson as second president of the newly established United States sent the US Navy to protect American shipping and its citizens from the scourge of pirates from the North African states of Tripoli, Morocco and Algiers also known as the Barbary Coast. Closer to home, ...Read More>