Published: Sat, March 04, 2017
Markets | By Lucia Cruz

Everything you need to know about Energy Secretary Rick Perry

Everything you need to know about Energy Secretary Rick Perry

Perry's nomination was approved 62-37, with nine Democrats voting in favor.

The statement said Alexander met with Perry on January 5.

"New Mexico's economy and the jobs of thousands of New Mexicans are deeply connected to the U.S. Department of Energy".

Rick Perry was confirmed as Secretary of Energy, putting the former Texas governor at the head of an agency that deficit hawks want see out of the business of boosting innovative technologies.

He also expressed regret for a statement he made during his 2012 bid for president calling for the elimination of the Energy Department.

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Perry's rise to America's top energy official came against opposition from Democrats anxious about his ties to oil companies, his doubts about the science of climate change, and the fact that he once called for the department's total elimination - a comment he has since said he regrets. However, during his confirmation hearing, Perry said he believed that both natural and man-made activity were contributing to climate change. Here's everything you need to know about the new.

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.

"We're anxious to get him up to North Dakota", said Sen. "Make no mistake, the Sierra Club is committed to fighting for our families, our communities, and our environment, and we will challenge any environmentally destructive policy Donald Trump, Rick Perry, or any of Trump's reckless cabinet members throw our way".

"He is going to have to defend the budget proposal from some cuts pushed by OMB", said Dan Reicher, who served as the department's Assistant Secretary of Energy during the Bill Clinton administration.

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