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Published: Tue, March 07, 2017
Business | By Patricia Jimenez

Trump Lied: Keystone XL Now Allowed to Be Built Using Imported Steel

Trump Lied: Keystone XL Now Allowed to Be Built Using Imported Steel

The Keystone XL oil pipeline will not use American-produced steel during its construction despite President Donald Trump's insistence after signing the controversial directives back in January and referencing the move in his address to Congress, the White House confirmed on Friday.

"It's specific to new pipelines or those that are being repaired", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters on Air Force One, when asked about a report by Politico that Keystone would not need to use USA steel, despite Trump's executive order issued on January 24. The Dakota Access Pipeline, another project Trump insisted would be built with American steel, will only be 57 percent American-made. Sanders said it would be hard to do an about-face on Keystone because it's already under construction and the steel has been acquired.

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That measure came the same day Trump signed orders reviving the Keystone XL project, a pipeline that would bring crude oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast, which then-President Obama shot down in 2015. I guess American steel mills will benefit from Trump's executive orders as much as coal workers will.

Former Democratic president Barack Obama rejected TranCanada multi-billion dollar Keystone XL pipeline, saying it would not benefit US drivers and would contribute emissions linked to global warming. It has been speculated that the lawsuit was suspended rather that dropped to ensure that TransCanada was not required to use US steel despite Trump's public statements that it would be. The Dakota Access line would move North Dakota oil to IL, and that project is almost complete.

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