Donald Trump has added another top conservative to his cabinet: Former Texas governor Rick Perry:
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.
This is another great, outside the box pick by Team Trump, and predictably, it’s driving liberals nuts. The super competent governor of the nation’s largest oil producing state, where much of our nuclear arsenal is managed, who led an economic boom while the rest of the country was floundering is…not qualified. Ok then…the liberal fixation on credentials that cost them the election continues.