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Reports: Donald Trump Taps Rick Perry To Head Agency He Once Forgot

Posted by on Dec. 13, 2016 at 1:53 PM
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Reports: Donald Trump Taps Rick Perry To Head Agency He Once Forgot

December 13, 201611:17 AM ET

SCOTT DETROW

It's a good thing former Texas Gov. Rick Perry once forgot he wanted to eliminate the Department of Energy, because President-elect Donald Trump is nominating him to lead the agency. That's according to reports by multiple news outlets.

Perry, who served 14 years as governor of energy-rich Texas, blanked on the Department of Energy's name during a televised gaffe in a 2011 debate that was probably the most high-profile moment of his troubled 2012 presidential run. It's become known as the "Oops Moment":

Perry ran again in 2016. But in an early sign of the electorate's anti-establishment mood, he and several other multiple-term governors dropped out of the race in its early stages, while Trump, a man with no prior political experience, rushed to the head of the Republican primary pack.

Perry was critical of Trump, warning that he was a "cancer on conservatism," but he eventually endorsed him.

And in one of the many only-in-2016 twists, the former Texas governor appeared on Dancing With The Stars this fall as the onetime-Apprentice Star contended for, and ultimately won, the White House.

If confirmed, Perry would oversee a broad-reaching department with ties in everything from funding energy research and providing loans for alternative energy efforts, to tracking and analyzing American energy production and consumption, to securing the safety of America's nuclear weapons.

(Despite the popularity of Netflix's summer hit Stranger Things, the Department of Energy does not explore parallel universes. It actually put out a statement about this during the show's cultural peak.)

The current energy secretary, Ernest Moniz, a nuclear physicist, played a major role in negotiating and crafting the Obama administration's controversial nuclear deal with Iran. Under Obama, the department has been a big booster of alternative energy like wind and solar power.

A questionnaire the Trump transition team sent to Department of Energy employees is raising a lot of questions about how the incoming administration would change the department's priorities. As NPR reported:

"It wants to know who at the Department of Energy attended domestic and international climate talks. It wants emails about those conferences. It also asks about money spent on loan-guarantee programs for renewable energy. ... The Trump team questionnaire also asks about the Energy Department's role in the Iran nuclear deal, which Trump has called 'stupid.' And it asks for the 20 highest paid employees at the department's national laboratories."

The questionnaire alarmed Democrats, like Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey, who sent a letter to Trump raising concerns that "this request suggests that your administration may intend to retaliate against career employees who faithfully executed their responsibilities."

Trump has repeatedly expressed skepticism about wind power's cost and effectiveness. But under Perry, Texas heavily promoted wind. Massive wind farms dot Texas's landscape, and wind energy now produces more than 10 percent of the energy the state consumes.

http://www.npr.org/2016/12/13/505397228/donald-trump-taps-rick-perry-to-head-agency-he-once-forgot

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Bookwormy
by Ruby Member on Dec. 13, 2016 at 3:09 PM
It's a good thing former Texas Gov. Rick Perry once forgot he wanted to eliminate the Department of Energy, because President-elect Donald Trump is nominating him to lead the agency. That's according to reports by multiple news outlets.

Good Lord, have mercy...
Bookwormy
by Ruby Member on Dec. 13, 2016 at 8:53 PM
Is this only important & interesting to me? I'm guessing so.
msb64
by Platinum Member on Dec. 13, 2016 at 9:03 PM
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Perry, who also briefly pursued a 2016 presidential run, serves on the board of directors of Energy Transfer Partners, the company involved with the controversial Dakota Access pipeline. Last month, environmental groups successfully pressured federal authorities to halt the pipeline’s construction. However, Trump, who has owned shares in the company, said that he would push for the pipeline’s completion.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/rick-perry-energy-secretary_us_584f779ee4b0bd9c3dfe7dc0

GloriousChaos
by Silver Member on Dec. 13, 2016 at 9:15 PM
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Yes it's important

But quite honestly, so secondary to using an Exxon executive as SOS.

Or the woman who used her money to force Detroit into a privatized school structure and to avoid oversight for those schools as Secretary of Education.

Or Kelly as head of homeland security

Or Puzder in charge of labor

But hey let's replace a nuclear physicist with someone who clearly can't do the job. Why would the energy department be any different?

Quoting Bookwormy: Is this only important & interesting to me? I'm guessing so.
francee89
by Gold Member on Dec. 13, 2016 at 9:37 PM
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Rick Perry: C and D student, BS in Animal Science from Texas A&M. Career politician until his recent (2015) board of directors stint for an energy company.

Preceded by Dr. Ernest Moniz: BS in Physics from Boston College, PhD in Theoretical Physics from Stanford. MIT department head and researcher, in addition to decades of government energy policy work.

Preceded by Dr. Steven Chu: BA in Math and BS in physics from University of Rochester. PhD in Physics from UC Berkeley. UC Berkeley and Stanford professor and researcher. Nobel Prize winner in Physics.

It's actually just laughable at the point.
Bookwormy
by Ruby Member on Dec. 13, 2016 at 9:48 PM
I wish that the admin had featured this thread of mine instead of my opinion thread about possible impeachment. But such is life. This one is eminently more interesting & intellectually stimulating.

But it doesn't have all the entertaining gifs. Yet...
wymama610
by on Dec. 13, 2016 at 9:51 PM
It could be a good way to transition out the dept of energy.
Bookwormy
by Ruby Member on Dec. 13, 2016 at 9:55 PM
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Truly pathetic. Same as education, and others as well. Truly pathetic.

Quoting wymama610: It could be a good way to transition out the dept of energy.
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