Rick Perry currently serves as the 14th Secretary of Energy.
Earning a degree in Animal Science from Texas A&M University, he later became the Governor of Texas. He has made millions of dollars.
He is a lifetime member of the NRA and appeared on Dancing with Stars.
Perry was very surprised when he heard about the actual Job Description – he thought he was going to be an Ambasador for Oil ( See NY TIMES Perry)
In 2011, he called for the abolition of the DOE…oops!
Rick Perry’s Department of Energy wants to prove that those old, mean, Regulations kill coal. The only problem: that’s not what the Data shows.
Perry has been very Surprised by scope of job:
The Energy Department oversees a Wide Array of Priorities:
It Maintains the Nation’s very important Arsenal of Nuclear Weapons,
And runs National Laboratories that conduct scientific and energy technology research, including Research and Development focused on Renewable Energy.
The National laboratories play a critical role in driving U.S. Scientific Innovation.
The Department is also responsible for Environmental Cleanup Efforts, sets energy efficiency standards, and grants authorizations for Natural Gas Exports.
Perry’s predecessor Secretary, Ernest J. Moniz, who was chairman of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Physics Department
and directed the linear accelerator at M.I.T.’s Laboratory for Nuclear Science.
Before Mr. Moniz, the job belonged to Steven Chu, a physicist who won a Nobel Prize.
“The work of The Department is so important that President Obama instructed 50 people inside the agency to prepare briefs to deliver to his successor. Bush had done likewise for him. For the morning after the election, the department set aside 30 parking spaces for the people the new president would send over, and it scheduled 75 days to brief them.
On the appointed day, according to former D.O.E. officials, no one showed up. No one showed up the next day or in the days following.”
Trumps Cabinet is made up of up millionaires. (Forbes)