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Rick Perry Wanted to Abolish the Energy Dept., Now He Runs It

Rick Perry Wanted to Abolish the Energy Dept., Now He Runs It

The vote to confirm Perry came after the Senate confirmed retired neurosurgeon Dr.

During his bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2011, he said he planned to scrap the energy department.

Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) issued the following statement opposing the confirmation of former Texas Governor Rick Perry, President Trump's nominee for U.S. Department of Energy Secretary. Perry has not commented publicly on the SPR and declined to comment on the Iran deal, which President Donald Trump has said he wants to scrap, during his confirmmation hearing in January.

The Senate confirmed Perry on a 62-37 vote following a brief floor debate. "He should start his new job by assuring the department's scientists, policy experts and other civil servants that he supports them and their work - including their past work on climate change - and that he will ensure they won't be penalized or a target for political persecution". Ben Carson as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development earlier in the day.

Fellow Texan, U.S. Sen.

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Perry will oversee the security of the USA nuclear weapons, the nuclear deal with Iran, as well as climate change policies among other issues as energy secretary.

"Rick Perry has earned his reputation as a hard worker and legislator who's not afraid to make the hard choices for the right reasons", Duncan said, in a Tech System news release.

But Perry's foes criticized his tepid acknowledgment of climate change, his strong ties to his state's oil and gas industry, and his lack of experience with the department's main budgetary area: the maintenance of the nation's nuclear stockpile.

Cantwell also noted that most Americans may "remember him for his famous quip about wanting to get rid of an agency but then not remembering the name of the agency, and the agency he was talking about was the Department of Energy".

As energy secretary, Perry will head an agency he once pledged to eliminate at a time when the Trump administration has proposed slashing spending at government agencies by billions of dollars.

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