Washington: US President Donald Trump said that he would impose tariffs on oil imports to protect the American energy sector if necessary, showing support for the industry battered by rock-bottom prices amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“If I have to do tariffs on oil coming from the outside or something to protect tens of thousands of energy workers in our great companies that produce these jobs, I will do what I have to do,” Xinhua news agency quoted Trump as saying during Saturday’s White House briefing.
Ryan Sitton, a commissioner of the Texas Railroad Commission, the state agency that regulates the oil and gas industry, was quoted by Axios as saying that he disagreed with imposing tariffs.
“My hope is that we don’t get to that, my hope is that the market gets balanced through good leadership on behalf of major oil producers,” said Sitton.
Oil consumption has dramatically decreased as more countries implement restrictive measures and shut down large swaths of the economy in order to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. (IANS)