Trump Pledges Support for American-Made Steel in Pipeline Projects - ABC News
Jan 25, 2017
President Donald Trump signed several executive orders on Tuesday, that could benefit steelworkers in the Northland.
Two of the orders advance the controversial Keystone and Dakota Access pipelines. Both projects were blocked by the Obama administration.
Another order signals he wants American-made steel to be used in the pipeline projects.
"From now on, we're going to start making pipeline in the United States. We build it in the United States, and we want to build the pipe. It's going to put a lot of workers, a lot of steelworkers back to work," Trump said from the Oval Office.
On Monday, Trump met with manufacturing leaders, including the CEO of U.S. Steel, Mario Longhi.
U.S. Steel is preparing to restart the long-idled Keetac.
Keetac's union president, Cliff Tobey, said, "Keetac produce taconite that is primarily used in the production of tubular goods, so we're supportive of any efforts to produce pipeline with American steel."
However, he praised Democratic Congressman Rick Nolan's efforts. Nolan just reintroduced his American Pipeline Jobs and Safety Act, which calls for American-made steel and American iron ore. Nolan, through a video message, said he's thrilled to have Trump's support on this issue.
"We simply cannot rebuild our economy and our infrastructure with foreign steel," Nolan explained.
Congressional Republicans are also on board.
But environmentalists are already concerned, saying Trump is proving to be the dangerous threat to our climate we feared that he would be.