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Biden must hold firm on steel import tariffs

resident Joe Biden’s administration has yet another opportunity to prove whether it is more interested in the appearance of climate awareness or genuinely doing something positive for both our environment and domestic jobs. As talks are under way with the European Union about dropping tariffs on its steel exports, it seems a no-brainer that the U.S. would hold firm on the trade measures.

Since 2018, the Trade Expansion Act has imposed 10 percent and 25 percent tariffs on some aluminum and steel imports, which have become a bit of a one-way street. European Union exports of steel to the U.S. are almost 24 times as much as what all of North America sends to the EU.

Here in the Buckeye State, the steel industry accounts for as many as 39,000 jobs. But employment isn’t the only factor to consider, as U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Howland, points out.

“We have an opportunity to resuscitate the steel industry if we hold the line on this,” Ryan has said. “As we move to wind and solar and electric vehicles, we want to green the planet. So we should use the greenest steel and the cleanest steelmaking process in the world, and that’s here in the United States.”

Why in the world would the Biden administration want to jeopardize American jobs AND further shift steel production to a less environmentally friendly region? If both the health of our planet and the well-being of the people living on it are truly priorities for Biden and crew, the answer to the EU’s request to relax steel tariffs should be a simple one: No.

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