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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Rick Perry for DOE secretary?

  1. Trump Considering Gov. Rick Perry As Energy Secretary
    -Had pledged to eliminate DOE during 2011 debate.

    http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2016/11/16/oh-irony-trump-considers-rick-perry-as-potential-energy-secretary/

    President-elect Donald Trump’s transition efforts are in full swing, and with them an ironic twist in regard to former Gov. Rick Perry.

    There’s discussion of Perry as a potential Energy Secretary, according to the Wall Street Journal.

    If that happens, it means Perry would head up the very department whose name he forgot — the Department of Energy — during a GOP debate in 2011. He had also pledged to eliminate the federal agency during that campaign.
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  2. comment:


    I think they asked what three agencies he would eliminate and could not remember the second one, Ron Paul was giving him some hints saying energy...energy. Of course Ron Paul also had no idea that NNSA was part of the DOE.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

NNSA is not going away, but one could make a case for it being better situated in DOD, not DOE. If you take away NNSA, then you're left with a greatly shrunken DOE that is in fact somewhat ripe for being eliminated. At least re-focused and re-directed.

Anonymous said...

The DoD not DOE issue has been argued again and again since 1945. DoD has always lost. We want the nuclear weapon enterprise in civilian hands, always.

Anonymous said...

Perry is low life dog droppings. Dumber than Witch Hazel. Can't spell LLNL. Finslly. A fitting death for DOE.

Anonymous said...

The military already drives the priorities of the nuclear weapons enterprise, and military people are often in high positions in it. Alternatively, Trump could strip off everything in DOE that is not NNSA, and rename the department. But Perry can't be worse than some past secretaries. O'Leary and Richardson come to mind.

Anonymous said...

I think it is unlikely that Peery could be worse than O'Leary or Richardson but not a great choice.

>The DoD not DOE issue has been argued again and again since 1945. DoD has always lost. We want >the nuclear weapon enterprise in civilian hands, always.

Civilian hands yes, but not for profit hands.

Anonymous said...

NNSA is not going away, but one could make a case for it being better situated in DOD, not DOE. If you take away NNSA, then you're left with a greatly shrunken DOE that is in fact somewhat ripe for being eliminated. At least re-focused and re-directed.

November 19, 2016 at 1:52 PM


Sarah Palin said she wants the DOE/NNSA Secretary job, but that it would be a short-term assignment since she would "shut-down" DOE/NNSA.

Anonymous said...

Here's the real clear truth. The executive branch (i.e. President) can not do away with any part of the government established by the legislative branch (i.e. Congress). The US Congress would have to enact specific legislation to either eliminate or substantially change DOE. This is how NNSA came into being with the reorganization of the Office of Defense Programs. And no member of the congressional oversight or appropriations committees in either the Senate or House - republican or democratic - is going to do anything that cuts their power by reducing their specific committee's scope nor the budget it oversees or approves. This has always been the real reason DP (now NNSA) could not be moved from DOE to DOD. The Senate/House Energy committees are not about to give this big a chunk of their respective portfolios to their colleagues on the Senate/House Armed Services committees. Never.

Anonymous said...

Cherry Murray ! Much better choice.

Anonymous said...

You say Rick Perry doesn't have a clue what DOE is and what it does. That's the man we need at the helm, we don't want to change the tradition of a rudderless ship at this stage of the game do we? After all, the labs are still breathing and have a weak pulse.

OR

Bring back Hazel. She was one of a kind, the kind you hope they never make again.

Anonymous said...

Might be as well lead by a shoe.

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