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    Trump Chooses Rick Perry for Energy Secretary

    Trump Chooses Rick Perry for Energy Secretary

    Perry served as Texas governor from 2000 to 2015.

    President-elect Donald Trump has chosen former Texas Governor Rick Perry as his Secretary of Energy.

    Perry served as agriculture commissioner in Texas before he became governor in 2000. His term ended in 2015. He ran for president in 2012 and 2016.

    Texas is filled with natural resources, but as The New York Times points out, there is more than that to the Department of Energy:

    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.

    The administration manages the country’s nuclear weapons stockpile and runs American programs on nuclear nonproliferation and counterterrorism. The two men who served as President Obama’s energy secretaries were physicists, one with a Nobel Prize, the other a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    Ironically, Perry said he would have chosen to eliminate this department if he became president. During a debate, he forgot the name of it, making it an oops moment, and ending his 2012 ambition:

    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.”

    A few minutes later Mr. Perry belatedly added, “By the way, that was the Department of Energy I was reaching for a while ago,” but the moment effectively ended his campaign.

    He recently competed on Dancing With The Stars, too. Our very own Kemberlee had a great time watching him compete!


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    snopercod | December 13, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    Willis Eschenback over at WUWT has written a great analysis of that “memo” that the transition team sent the DoE. It sure sounds like Perry is going to clean house with a lawnmower. The DOE vs. Ugly Reality

    Henry Hawkins | December 13, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    Sweet gig for Perry, after being a state governor. Basically answer the red phone and delegate. Good for him. I always felt an affinity for Perry.

    I fear that Trump’s jusdgement has been exposed by hiring the Texas A&M Yell Leader who barely got through four years and never realized his dream to be a veterinarian.

    He is either a very stupid man or he didn’t give a damn about learning anything in college. Here is his famous grades transcript.

      Ragspierre in reply to gad-fly. | December 14, 2016 at 8:50 am

      TAMU can be a very different place to people who know shit-all about it.

      And it can be a very different place for different kinds of students. Being a full-tilt rah-rah Aggie is a VERY demanding role, and the Corp Of Cadets knows this so well, they have a very organized support mechanism for their members. But it can still take a heavy toll on grades.

      Just FYI, getting into vet school is HARDER (i.e., more demanding) than getting into medical school. A “C” in a class is a failing grade for pre-vet people, and getting in on your first application is rare. It’s just a matter of supply and demand. Look up how many vet schools there are in the US.

      Perry is WAY smarter than your average GOP candidate, and has a vocabulary that is some multiple of the Great God Cheeto’s.

      Barry in reply to gad-fly. | December 14, 2016 at 12:38 pm

      “He is either a very stupid man or he didn’t give a damn about learning anything in college. Here is his famous grades transcript.”

      While he certainly didn’t have an “honors” career at TAM, the course of study undertaken, per the transcript, indicates a man of reasonable intelligence that may or may not have been trying very hard.

      Only someone very stupid could find Perry to be “stupid” based upon that transcript.

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