Lack of cruise ships relying on shore power from Alaska Electric Light and Power will not affect customers, said an AEL&P vice president on June 29, 2020. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Lack of cruise ships relying on shore power from Alaska Electric Light and Power will not affect customers, said an AEL&P vice president on June 29, 2020. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Opinion: How about blaming the cruise industry itself?

Don’t blame Canada, but don’t blame the U.S. either.

Don’t blame Canada, but neither should you blame America for the cruise industries woes. It is obvious that the Canadian and American governments are in a political tit-for-tat over cruise ship traffic vs. Keystone pipeline jobs. I find irony in the fact that many people that supported the Biden administration to shut down Keystone are suddenly incensed that a major polluting industry like the cruise industry is now hamstrung. Overturning the laws that would allow the ships to travel north this year would have devastating collateral damage to other industry. How about laying the blame at the feet of the cruise industry itself. They could re flag in the United States, after all they expect taxpayer bailouts. Oh, sorry l forgot! They would then need to pay minimum wage to their on-board workers. There always seem to be a catch.

Robert Blough,

Hoonah

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