Trump Continues Packing Cabinet with Polluter Allies by Naming Perry for Energy Department

WASHINGTON  – President-elect Trump today named former Texas Gov. Rick Perry as his Energy Department secretary.

The following is a statement by Rhea Suh, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council:

“The cabinet choices become more absurd every day. Yet again, Trump has chosen an unqualified individual who is at war with the central mission of the agency he is being nominated to lead. Remember, Perry could not even recall the name of the Energy Department during the 2012 debates and once he did, he renewed his vow to kill it.

“By nominating Perry, President-elect Trump is continuing to pack his cabinet with allies of big polluters who put profits over people. The American people didn’t vote to return to the dirty old days when smog choked our cities. And we didn’t vote to turn a blind eye to the dangers of climate change.

“We oppose Perry and this entire special interest take-over of the American government.”


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