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Several states have passed or discussed “Buy American” rules for steel and other materials on public works projects recently, in addition to President Donald J. Trump’s executive order calling on pipeline companies to use U.S.-made materials. Are these laws a step in the right direction?

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Yes 69%
No 30%
Other (please explain in the comments section) 1%

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Tagged categories: Carbon Steel; Government; Program/Project Management; Regulations

Comment from Simon Wadsworth, (8/15/2017, 10:13 AM)

Protectionism will only work in the short term. Long term it will make the US steel industry even less competitive in global markets. Instead sort out other countries 'dumping' excess production when negotiating trade deals.

Comment from M. Halliwell, (8/16/2017, 11:19 AM)

It's a great goal to want to protect your local industries, but in a globalized world and marketplace, innovation is a bigger help than protectionism. You can wall off the US to prop up industry, but you potentially lose access to other markets to sell to or sources of goods and raw materials. International trade is a trade off....and I just hope that the rhetoric and chest thumping won't carry over into the new NAFTA negotiations.

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