Keystone builder TransCanada will be allowed to skirt an executive order calling for US steel to be used in new pipelines, repairs, or retrofits. Does the move herald a broader evolution for Trump’s ‘America First’ stance?
—From the start of President Trump’s election campaign, two aspects of his political identity – the businessman and the populist – have dueled for dominance. At least in the case of the Keystone XL pipeline, the businessman appears to be winning out. Speaking to reporters onboard Air Force One on Friday, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that the pipeline,
“The value of a pipeline is that we have a pipeline that can be used. Which steel it is made from is an entirely subsidiary question, and if American steel is best to use then use that, if not American is better then use that instead. What we want is the pipeline that can be used at the least overall cost ”
Tim Worstall, Senior fellow at the Adam Smith Institute.
which has been in the works for a decade, will be exempt from an executive order Mr. Trump signed in January requiring new pipelines, repairs, or retrofits to use US steel “to the maximum extent possible.” The justification for that decision: The pipeline is already under Read more