Rick Perry has made loud and clear that he’s a climate change denier, and he believes that the Energy Department should be eliminated. In fact, Perry released an energy plan some dubbed a “wish list for the oil and gas industry” and he is currently serving on the boards of energy companies behind the Dakota Access Pipeline. He is unfit and unqualified to run the Energy Department as Energy Department secretary. Read what people are saying:
Washington Post: Juliet Eilperin and Steven Mufson: Trump taps former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to head Energy Department he once vowed to abolish
President-elect Donald Trump has picked Rick Perry to head the Energy Department, said two people familiar with the decision, seeking to put the former Texas governor in control of an agency whose name he forgot amid a presidential debate even as he vowed to abolish it…The former governor has repeatedly questioned scientific findings that human activity is helping drive climate change. In 2011 during a presidential debate, he compared the minority of scientists who challenged this assumption to 17th-century astronomer Galileo, who was persecuted by the Catholic Church after suggesting that the Earth revolved around the Sun, rather than the reverse.
Associated Press: Matthew Daly and Will Weissert: From ‘oops’ to DOE chief; Rick Perry is pick for Energy
He ran for president twice, but Rick Perry may be best known for two made-for-TV moments: uttering “oops” when he forgot the Energy Department was one of the agencies he pledged to eliminate and being a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars.”If confirmed by the Senate, Perry is likely to shift the department away from renewable energy and toward oil and other fossil fuels that he championed during a record 14 years as governor.
NBC News: Hallie Jackson and Kristen Welker: Trump Picks Energy Department Opponent Rick Perry for Energy Secretary
President-elect Donald Trump has selected former Texas Gov. Rick Perry — who famously once forgot that he wanted to abolish the Energy Department — to be secretary of energy, two sources familiar with the transition process told NBC News on Monday night. Perry, a rival of Trump’s during the Republican presidential nominating campaign, met with Trump for about 90 minutes earlier in the day at Trump Tower in New York. Perry dropped out of the race and endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz, a fellow Texan. Before he left the race, he denounced Trump’s candidacy as “a cancer on conservatism” and criticized Trump, himself, as a “barking carnival act.”
Wall Street Journal: Amy Harder and Michael C. Bender: Donald Trump Picks Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry as Energy Secretary
President-elect Donald Trump has tapped former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to lead the Energy Department, according to two transition officials, selecting a climate skeptic who led the nation’s biggest energy-producing state for nearly 15 years…Mr. Perry has mounted two failed presidential campaigns, including as a rival to Mr. Trump in the last primaries, before dropping out early. He faced ridicule in 2011 after forgetting, during a debate, that the Energy Department was one of three federal agencies he promised to eliminate were he elected president. Mr. Perry listed the Education and Commerce departments, before drawing a blank on Energy and saying, “Oops.”
CNN: Jeff Zeleny, Jim Acosta and Theodore Schleifer: Rick Perry is Donald Trump’s choice for energy secretary
President-elect Donald Trump has selected former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to be his nominee for energy secretary, multiple transition sources told CNN Tuesday, which would make him head of an agency he once sought to eliminate. Perry, twice an aspirant for the White House and for decades a swaggering figure in the Texas Republican Party, returns to the national limelight after his career in politics withered amid scandal and embarrassment.
USA Today: Steph Solis: Rick Perry, who said he wants to scrap Energy Dept., may lead it
President-elect Donald Trump will nominate former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to serve as secretary of Energy, according to reports by CBS News and NBC News…The Energy Department is the same federal agency Perry wanted to eliminate — and then forgot to name when asked which departments he would shut down. “I will tell you, it is three agencies of government when I get there that are gone: Commerce, Education, and — what’s the third one there? Let’s see,” Perry said during a Republican presidential primary debate in November 2011.
Reuters: Steve Holland: Trump picks former Texas Governor Perry as energy secretary
President-elect Donald Trump has chosen former Texas Governor Rick Perry to head the U.S. Department of Energy, a source close to the transition said, putting him in charge of an agency he proposed eliminating during his bid for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. The choice of Perry adds to the list of oil-drilling advocates skeptical about climate change who Trump has picked for senior positions in his Cabinet, worrying environmentalists but cheering an industry eager for expansion. The department is responsible for U.S. energy policy and oversees the nation’s nuclear weapons program. Perry has advocated lighter regulation on the fossil fuel industry, and has called the science around climate change “unsettled.”
Politico: Darius Dixon: Trump picks Perry to lead Energy Department he once vowed to kill
On a presidential debate stage five years ago, Rick Perry blanked on the Energy Department’s name when trying to include it in a list of agencies he promised to abolish — memorably concluding with “oops.” Now Donald Trump has chosen the former Texas governor to lead the sprawling department, which oversees the security of the nation’s nuclear weapons and has played major roles in President Barack Obama’s climate agenda and nuclear deal with Iran. Three sources close to the transition confirmed the choice Tuesday.
Donald Trump’s transition team, for its part, has generally signaled that it wants to tilt the Energy Department’s focus away from renewables and back toward programs that support oil and gas drilling (and possibly nuclear power). And Rick Perry — an inveterate climate denier who was governor for 15 years of one of America’s most important oil and gas states — is a natural fit to do just that.
NPR: Scott Detrow: Reports: Donald Trump Taps Rick Perry To Head Agency He Once Forgot
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 that was probably the most high-profile moment of his troubled 2012 presidential run.
Foreign Policy: Emily Tamkin and Robbie Gramer: Rick Perry Tapped to Run U.S. Energy Department He Doesn’t Believe Should Exist
Rick Perry, former governor of Texas, two-time presidential candidate, and one-time Dancing With the Stars contestant, is reportedly President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to run the Department of Energy — an agency that in 2012 he forgot existed before vowing to dismantle it…In 2011, Perry accused scientists of manipulating climate change data for their own financial gain — a view that climate change-skeptic Trump shares.
Dallas Morning News: Todd J. Gillman and Jamie Lovegrove: Reports: Rick Perry to lead Energy Department in Trump Cabinet
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is President-elect Donald Trump’s choice to lead the Energy Department, according to The Associated Press sources early Tuesday. The former Republican campaign rivals met for about 90 minutes Monday. It’s unclear when the pick will be announced. Energy is the department that Perry vowed to eliminate during the 2012 campaign but couldn’t remember in his infamous “oops” moment — a memory lapse during a 2011 GOP debate that hobbled his presidential ambitions. It’s unclear whether his mission in Trump’s administration would include disbanding the department.
San Diego Union-Tribune: Evan Halper: Rick Perry wanted to eliminate Energy Department — now he is said to be Trump’s pick to run it
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry holds the Department of Energy in such low regard that he famously couldn’t even remember it was on his list of federal agencies to eliminate altogether. Now Donald Trump has chosen Perry to run it, according to multiple news reports. In Perry, Trump would have another oil industry ally and climate skeptic in an administration that is shaping up to be dominated by them. And like other Trump picks for Cabinet posts, Perry is deeply skeptical of the department he would lead.
The Independent: Matt Broomfield: Climate change denier Rick Perry picked by Donald Trump for Energy Secretary
A climate change denier, who once forgot the name of the Department of Energy when announcing plans to scrap it, has been chosen to head the agency by Donald Trump. Rick Perry, the former governor of Texas, has repeatedly championed the oil industry and questioned science that shows that greenhouse gas emissions contribute to climate change, while deriding what he called “the secular carbon cult.” At a presidential town hall in 2011, he said: “I think there are a substantial number of scientists who have manipulated data so that they will have dollars rolling into their projects.”