Former long-time Texas Governor Rick Perry will head the Department of Energy. Perry met with President-elect Donald Trump recently in New York.
This is a bold, conservative choice for Trump, as perry is a staunch defender of more oil drilling and is willing to challenge the pseudo-science behind so-called “global warming.” In addition, the Department of Energy is one of the 3 departments Perry famously promised to eliminate when running for President in 2012.
As the liberal New York Times reports, the position will put Perry in a leading national security role:
President-elect Donald J. Trump plans to name the former Texas governor Rick Perry as his secretary of energy.
The selection of Mr. Perry to lead the energy agency would offer a rich paradox: During a televised debate in 2011, when he was seeking the Republican nomination, Mr. Perry intended to list the Department of Energy among agencies he wanted to eliminate, but he could not remember its name.
While Texas is rich in energy resources and Mr. Perry is an enthusiastic advocate of extracting them, it is not clear how that experience would translate into leading what is also a major national security agency. Despite its name, the Department of Energy plays the leading role in designing nuclear weapons and in ensuring the safety and reliability of the nation’s aging nuclear arsenal through a constellation of scientific laboratories.
About 60 percent of the Energy Department’s budget is devoted to managing the National Nuclear Security Administration, which defines its mission as enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science.
— 🎙Wayne Dupree (@WayneDupreeShow) December 13, 2016
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