Perry notoriously forgot the name of a federal department he’d like to eliminate during a 2012 presidential debate, later clarifying that the agency is, in fact, the U.S. Department of Energy—the same that he’s now been selected to lead. A climate denier, the former Texas governor has accepted more than $11 million in campaign contributions from the fossil-fuel industry over the course of his political career. During the 2016 presidential race, the chief executive of Energy Transfer Partners donated $5 million to a pro-Perry super PAC. After his White House run ended, Perry joined that company’s board.
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Trump’s Cabinet of Horrors
ExplainerUnited StatesBrian Palmer
Congressional hearings kick off for those who will lead our government’s top agencies. Earth has reason to worry.
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.