Offshore Wind may be on the cusp of taking off in the US. This green energy will be heavily subsidized by US taxpayers and electricity rate payers.
The offshore wind industry plans to install foreign made wind turbines using foreign flag vessels with European and Asian crews. The theory being that there are no specialized offshore wind vessels in the US, and no Americans that know how to run them. We need to put a stop to this.
American ship yards can easily build European designed offshore wind vessels. American Mariners can easily learn how to run them. American land wind turbine workers can learn offshore wind work.
MARAD should finance construction of a US flag offshore wind construction and service fleet.
Rather than merely subsidize offshore wind production, the US government should first sponsor offshore wind training for American workers.
The best way to do this would be to finance American companies to buy one or more foreign offshore wind installation and service companies. Then send American managers and workers overseas to learn learn how to do the offshore wind work.
Perhaps it might also be beneficial to finance US shipyards to buy a few foreign shipyards that are producing offshore wind vessels.
I might even favor a five year Jones Act waiver to allow foreign built offshore vessels to be reflagged US. This would give US shipyards time to crank up US construction of offshore wind vessels.
There is no way that American taxpayer and rate payers should be subsidizing offshore wind unless it is built by American workers.