Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Trump Picks Rick Perry to Head Department of Energy

President-elect Donald J. Trump plans to name the former Texas governor Rick Perry as his secretary of energy.

Notes NYT:
The selection of Mr. Perry to lead the energy agency would offer a rich irony: During a televised debate in 2011, when he was seeking the Republican nomination, Mr. Perry intended to list the Department of Energy among agencies he wanted to eliminate, but he could not remember its name...
About 60 percent of the Energy Department’s budget is devoted to managing the National Nuclear Security Administration, which defines its mission as enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science.
The administration manages the country’s nuclear weapons stockpile and runs American programs on nuclear nonproliferation and counterterrorism. The two men who served as President Obama’s energy secretaries were physicists, one with a Nobel Prize, the other a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


  1. Another decentralizer pick. Rex, Perry, keep it coming! Don't mess with Texas.

    FanBoy domination.

  2. I love the snooty bit at the end about Obama's guys. Maybe they should read Nassim Taleb's "The Intellectual Yet Idiot".
    On the other hand I hope Perry, being in charge of all those nukes, doesn't have an "Oops!" moment.

  3. I'm beginning to see a pattern. Trumpussolini is picking people who are deeply antagonistic towards the Departments they are to lead. If, and this is a BIG if, he decides to scupper multiple Departments and Agencies, he might actually be a decent president.