“US Rep Jerry Costello, D-Ill said that “This is a perfect example of how our trade laws are failing our workers. At a time when thousands of local steelworkers are laid off, shipping steel from India for a project in our area is unacceptable and outrageous. It is precisely why I support strong ‘Buy America’ provisions and have voted against trade agreements. We can and should make that steel in the US and I will continue to work for fair trade policies that support good paying jobs here at home.”
“Another US Rep John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, said “I am shocked and saddened to learn that steel is being imported for this project. The pipeline is vital to our nation’s energy needs, but bringing in foreign steel is a slap in the face to the hard working men and women out of work from our local steel mills and finishing companies.”
Dei por este assunto em : http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/16/business/economy/16pipe.html?ref=business
“WHILE USW BROTHER AND SISTERS ARE LAID OFF, STEEL PIPE MADE IN INDIA”
“A Canadian pipeline company has defended the use of India-made steel for an oil pipeline project in President Barack Obama’s home state of Illinois after a protest rally by hundreds of steel workers. TransCanada said Wednesday that it was necessary to look to India for a large share of the pipe that is being used for the project that will transport Canadian oil to the US as an idled Illinois steel mill couldn’t have supplied the pipe needed for it.
A TransCanada spokesman said that the US companies will supply about 30 percent of the pipe for the project but contended that the US Steel plant in Granite City, Illinois, was unable to produce pipe to the necessary specifications.
Around 500 protesters gathered outside the Granite City Works to support “Buy American” policies at a rally organised by United Steel Workers near a lot where the India-made pipe for the project was being stored. The protesters demanded that the ‘Buy American’ policy be also implemented for the 2,000-mile Canada-US oil pipeline that would bring crude oil from Alberta to the Wood River refinery complex.”
E já agora, noutro registo, e um outro ponto de vista nesta discussão,
a New Yorker de 16 março (registo gratuito) traz um artigo com piada sobre o paradoxo do proteccionismo naquele país, visitando grandes lojas em Nova Iorque onde poucos ou nenhuns produtos são americanos: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2009/03/16/090316fa_fact_marx .
“What does the label “Made in the U.S.A.” mean, anyway? According to the FTC, it designates that “all or virtually all” of the product and its components were made in the fifty states, D.C., or any American territory or possession. Where else to begin the search for indigenous stuff but at Lord & Taylor, the first major emporium to spring up on Fifth Avenue?…”
E também Mittalji está com problemas, no Canadá…: (há uma semana) “Arcelor Mittal, the world’s largest steelmaker, says it will indefinitely shut down some of its operations in Contrecoeur, Que., affecting about 190 employees. ” Eles ontem aliás já haviam dito: ” The world’s leading steelmaker, Arcelor Mittal, has said it will delay the launch of two new plants in India by up to two years. The company said it was “only prudent” to announce the delay given the effects of the global economic crisis. “…