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Ben Geman Mar 7
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Energy Secretary: scope of steel tariffs an "ongoing conversation"

Rick Perry
Rick Perry speaks at the Energy Policy Summit in 2017. Photo: Drew Angerer / Getty Images

HOUSTON — Energy Secretary Rick Perry signaled Wednesday that White House deliberations about the shape of looming steel tariffs are ongoing.

“I think this is an ongoing conversation, a debate if you will, an internal discussion."
— Rick Perry to reporters at CERAWeek

Why it matters: Perry was asked to respond to oil-and-gas concerns that trade penalties will raise pipeline costs and could prompt other countries to retaliate with measures that hurt U.S. energy exports. He cautioned that was not speaking for President Trump, but said, “I don’t think the president has made a decision with great specificity.”