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How Could Potential Steel And Aluminum Tariffs Affect Houston’s Economy?

Steel and aluminum are a big component of projects in Houston’s energy sector.

A worker cuts steel in Qingdao in China’s eastern Shandong province. President Trump says he plans to impose tariffs on U.S. imports of steel and aluminum.

Pres. Donald Trump is proposing hefty tariffs on U.S. imports of steel and aluminum. The proposal's getting a lot of pushback from many sectors of the economy, including the energy industry.

As the energy capital, what could this mean for the Houston economy?

Houston Matters talks it over with Ed Hirs, an economist at the University of Houston, and Loren Steffy, a columnist for

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