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    Rick Perry is Donald Trump's choice for energy secretary

    Rick Perry is Donald Trump's choice for energy secretary

    By Jeff Zeleny, Jim Acosta and Theodore Schleifer, CNN
    Updated 1:21 PM ET, Tue December 13, 2016

    (CNN)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.

    If confirmed by the Senate, Perry will inherit a department that has focused on promoting clean energy and reducing dependence on fossil fuels, but has also seen domestic production of oil explode. And his selection is a nod to the traditional GOP emphasis on energy sources like coal and oil.


    A hallmark of Obama's Energy Department has been the grants and loans it issues for research. The loan program was expanded to include renewable energy projects as part of Obama's economic stimulus package in 2009, and more than $30 billion in loans have been issued since then.


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    These loans have also been a source of controversy. In 2011, Obama administration had to defend its loan to Silicon Valley energy startup Solyndra when it filed for bankruptcy and taxpayers had to foot a $535 million bill. For all its support of green energy, the department has also presided over a massive oil boom.


    Obama's current energy secretary Ernest Moniz is a longtime supporter of fracking, which he sees as a "bridge" to a low-carbon future. He has lauded increased domestic production of oil and natural gas via the technique. Hydraulic fracturing technology, more commonly known as fracking, now accounts for more than half of all US oil production -- a massive jump considering fracking made up less than 2% of the country's oil output in 2000. The production of American crude has nearly doubled in the past decade, putting U.S. behind only Saudi Arabia and Russia in world rankings.


    Trump has made it clear he wants the US to play an even bigger role in the global oil ecosystem.


    "I've never understood why, with all of our own reserves, we've allowed this country to be held hostage by OPEC, the cartel of oil-producing countries, some of which are hostile to America," Trump wrote in his book "Crippled America."


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    Experts say pumping more oil could decrease the country's dependence on foreign crude, but there's also a risk it would send prices crashing again. Oversupply caused oil prices to plummet as much as 75% between 2014 and earlier this year.


    Perry's selection culminates a four-year effort to rebuild his political image in the aftermath of his disastrous 2012 run. A late entrant into the presidential primary, Perry was recruited as the sought-after alternative to eventual nominee Mitt Romney, but his policy stumbles failed to install confidence and his career sputtered.


    The crystallizing moment -- when Perry on a primary debate stage blanked and painfully could not recall the name of the third federal agency he vowed to eliminate as President -- none other than the Energy Department that he will now lead -- a gaffe that became known primarily for the word with which he ended his live misery:

    "Oops."

    Four years later -- under the threat of prosecution for allegedly promising to strip funding for a county agency if a local official would not leave her post -- Perry's campaign was more modest. He became one of the first candidates to attack Trump, labeling him at one point a "cancer on conservatism," but dropped out in September 2015 amid fundraising troubles. He eventually became an occasional surrogate for Trump during the general election.

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    In his first 100 days, Trump says he'll roll back Obama-era regulations on the fossil fuel industry, bringing jobs back to coal country. Many of these regulations fall under the Environmental Protection Agency , but leadership from the Energy Department could play a key role.


    Trump has also pledged to expand drilling on federal land, which would require approval from the Interior Department. The Army Corps of Engineers, which reports to the Department of Defense, oversees the permit process for the contentious Dakota Access Pipeline.


    Trump picked Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to lead the EPA last Thursday. He has not yet announced his choice for Interior secretary.

    http://www.cnn.com/2016/12/13/politi...ary/index.html

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    Another illegal alien amnesty backer appointed to Trump's cabinet. It is really NOT looking good for our team.

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    Will Rick Perry Be the Energy Departmentís Undoing?

    By THE EDITORIAL BOARD DEC. 13, 2016



    Rick Perry during a 2011 presidential debate. CreditScott Olson/Getty Images

    During a televised debate in 2011, Mr. Perry said he wanted to abolish the department but struggled to recall its name. That incident ó which helped doom his campaign for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination ó betrayed not only poor memory but also ignorance about the departmentís critical national security role. About 60 percent of the departmentís budget is dedicated to managing the nationís nuclear weapons arsenal and operating nuclear nonproliferation and counterterrorism programs. Much of the rest of its budget finances research in basic sciences, fossil fuels and newer sources of energy, like wind and solar power.

    Mr. Perry has denied that human activity is responsible for climate change, something that virtually all scientists agree on. Mr. Trump himself has described climate change as a ďhoaxĒ perpetrated by China, a preposterous claim backed by no evidence. This month, Mr. Trumpís transition team sent a questionnaire to the Energy Department asking for the names of employees who had attended certain climate change meetings. The Obama administration rejected the request, fearing that the employees would be marginalized or targeted for retaliation by the new administration.


    As governor of Texas, Mr. Perry was a champion of the oil and gas industry, but he also supported wind power, which boomed in the state under his watch. He backed policies requiring the use of renewable energy sources and a $5 billion investment in transmission lines to bring power from wind farms in remote areas to big cities. Wind turbines accounted for 12 percent of all electricity produced in Texas in 2015, up from 3 percent in 2007.

    Mr. Perry could prove his doubters wrong by expanding investment in breakthrough energy technologies like advanced nuclear reactors, high-capacity batteries and electrical grids that can better accommodate variable power suppliers. Doing so could bolster the economy, create good-paying jobs and reduce the cost of energy, according to a report published on Tuesday by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. Those efforts would also help avert the worst effects of climate change, something that would benefit large parts of Texas and the country that are vulnerable to more intense storms and droughts and rising sea levels.


    The big question, of course, is whether Mr. Perry and Mr. Trump have the interest or ability to pursue an ambitious agenda, or whether they are determined to carry on an ideological war against climate science.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/13/op...s-undoing.html


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