Trump Picks Energy Secretary Who Wanted to Eliminate Department
The selection of the longest-serving governor in Texas history by President-elect Donald Trump to lead the U.S Department of Energy was confirmed Tuesday by "three sources close to the transition," reported Darius Dixon, energy reporter for POLITICO Pro.
Almost anyone Trump selected for DOE was expected to shift away from the Obama administration’s emphasis on addressing climate change, and Perry fits the bill. Where Trump has called climate change a “hoax,” Perry has gone even further by alleging a profit motive, asserting that “a substantial number of scientists ... have manipulated data so that they will have dollars rolling into their projects.”
Undoing President Obama's climate agenda:
While the levers of energy regulation are limited at DOE when compared to agencies like EPA, Perry could slow-walk the department’s appliance efficiency mandates and de-emphasize its research on climate science. Those efficiency regulations account for half of the greenhouse gas reduction targets that Obama made part of his Climate Action Plan in 2013. And there's no undoing them in one fell swoop: Dozens of rulemakings are involved and would require a massive, years-long effort to go after them one by one.
"[Perry's] ideological obsession with promoting dirty fossil fuels and ignoring the climate crisis means he is just as unfit for this position as the other climate deniers Trump is promoting for key posts," stated Michael Brune, Sierra Club executive director.
However, Planetizen noted in 2014 that Perry signed a bill that was more generous than California in the incentives it provided to cleaner motor vehicles.
Dixon also revealed an interesting part of Perry's past as a Democrat: he "served as Al Gore's state chairman during the 1988 presidential campaign." His defense in 2011: “This was Al Gore before he invented the internet and got to be Mr. Global Warming.”