Stand firm on steel tariffs | News, Sports, Jobs
President Joe Biden’s administration has another opportunity to prove whether it is more interested in the appearance of climate awareness or if it is really doing something positive for our environment and our domestic jobs. While talks are underway with the European Union on lowering tariffs on its steel exports, it seems clear that the United States would firmly maintain trade measures.
Since 2018, the Trade Expansion Act has imposed tariffs of 10% and 25% on some aluminum and steel imports, which have become a bit one-sided. Steel exports from the European Union to the United States are almost 24 times what all of North America sends to the EU
Here in Buckeye State, the steel industry employs up to 39,000 jobs. But employment isn’t the only factor to consider, as US Representative Tim Ryan, D-Ohio points out.
“We have an opportunity to revive the steel industry if we hold the line on this point”, Ryan told another media outlet. “As we move to wind, solar and electric vehicles, we want to green the planet. So we should be using the greenest steel and the cleanest steelmaking process in the world, and it’s here in the United States. “
Why on earth would the Biden administration want to jeopardize American jobs AND move more steel production to a less environmentally friendly region? If the health of our planet and the well-being of the people who live there are really top priorities for Biden and his crew, the response to the EU’s demand for easing steel tariffs is simple: no.