REPORT: Trump Considering Climate-Change Denying Rick Perry For Key Environmental Position
Just when you think Donald Trump’s administration picks can’t get more ridiculous, he up and proves you wrong. Take former Texas Republican governor Rick Perry, for instance. Perry is being considered for a federal agency he wanted to disband — and famously forgot the name of.
Perry thinks the EPA is a ‘cemetery for jobs’
That’s right — the Trump team has him in the running for Secretary of Energy — the top post in the Department of Energy — which he wanted to get rid of when he ran for president in 2012.
During a presidential debate in 2011 Perry forgot the name of the Department of Energy while naming three agencies he wanted to disband.
“It’s three agencies of government when I get there that are gone commerce, education, and the uh … what’s the third one, there? Let’s see… The third one, I can’t” Perry said, adding “Oops.”
You can watch the stupidity go down in this video below
Apparently not realizing some things are best tried only once, he took another run at the presidency in 2015 and crashed and burned yet again.
But wait! There’s more
Perhaps fitting for the head of the Department of Energy in a Trump administration, Perry is a stalwart climate-change denier. While he campaigned in 2012, Perry consistently questioned climate science and claimed it hadn’t been settled.
“There are a substantial number of scientists who have manipulated data so that they will have dollars rolling into their projects,” Perry contended during a campaign stop in New Hampshire. And the Environmental Protection Agency, he noted, is a “cemetery for jobs.”
That Rick Perry. What a card (ha-ha). He’s nothing if not consistent.
During his most recent attempt at campaigning, he attended a round-table organized by the Christian Science Monitor in Washington D.C. last year. He used this occasion to trot out the “I’m not a scientist” gambit while at the same time saying the science surrounding global warming wasn’t clear. Then he claimed that President Obama’s plans to cap carbon emissions would hurt the economy.
“I don’t believe that we have the settled science by any sense of the imagination to stop that kind of economic opportunity … Calling CO2 a pollutant is doing a disservice to the country, and I believe a disservice to the world,” he said.
But what it was mainly doing, was benefiting his campaign’s checking account — to the tune of $66,425 for this election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Now, heavier hitters like Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders received more than Perry, but one can safely guess this guy knows which side his toast is buttered on.
But he hasn’t stopped there. He wants y’all to know that he’s just a regular smog fightin’ kinda guy — and touted his rock ‘em-sock ‘em smog fightin’ record. Even though he still wants the Keystone Pipeline to be resurrected.
“The point is, you can have job creation, and you can make your environment better,” he said. “That ought to be our goal in this country, and it all starts with energy policy. Open up the XL pipeline, create jobs.”
And poison the water supply and kill small, helpless animals — you know, that kinda thing.
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And he’s a regular ankle-biter with the EPA. Attacking environmental regulations was one of his favorite hobbies. It was one of his ways to show everybody how he gives the feds the finger.
“Perry has engaged in an outright war against EPA for years,” National Journal reported in 2011, according to Mother Jones. He doggedly attacked the EPA over the Clean Air Act and in 2010, Perry and former-attorney general Greg Abbott teamed up to sue the EPA, attempting to scupper the agency’s plans to regulate greenhouse gases.
“Texas is aggressively seeking its future in alternative energy through incentives and innovation, not mandates and overreaching regulation,” Perry said in a statement.
But the DC Circuit Court of Appeals had a different opinion than Perry, and sided against Texas in 2012. And the Supreme Court nixed the idea of hearing the state’s appeal. Despite that, the case wound up costing Texas $342,000.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, logic-impaired former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and oilman Harold Hamm are also in contention for the job. Perry is also under consideration for secretary of commerce and secretary of agriculture alongside current Texas Secretary of Agriculture Sid Miller.
That’s right. These are the people Trump wants making huge and important decisions that will affect virtually every part the U.S. and the world.
Don’t you feel safer now?
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