From the CNN Blog on Senate Appointment hearings today...
Perry says he regrets recommending getting rid of the Energy department
From CNN's Dan Merica
Perry said in his hearing that he regrets saying in the past that he wanted to get rid of the energy department.
Here's the full remarks:
"I have learned a great deal about the important work being done every day by the outstanding men and women of the Department of Energy. I have spoken several times to Secretary Moniz about the operation. I have spoke to his predecessors. And if confirmed, my desire is to lead this agency in a thoughtful manner, surrounding myself with expertise on the core functions of the department."
"My past statements made over five years ago about abolishing the Department of Energy do not reflect my current thinking. In fact, after being briefed on so many of the vital functions of the Department of Energy, I regret recommending its elimination."
Perry on nuclear testing
From CNN's Rene Marsh
Perry said it's important to have a nuclear arsenal that's "modern and safe."
The exchange with Sen. Bernie Sanders was as follows
Sanders: I'm looking for assurance department of energy will not test nukes because it’s a “dangerous idea.”
Perry: It's important to have a nuclear arsenal that’s modern and safe. I will rely on the observations of the scientist at the department of energy and in private sector on whether there is clear technical ability to use what (nuclear weapons) we have today. If we never have to test a nuke, that would be a good thing.
Perry on cyber threats to grid and protecting climate scientists
From CNN's Rene Marsh
Cantwell asked: What’s your commitment to protecting scientists (who are researching climate change) at the department of energy and how much of an effort will you make to defend our nation against Russian cyber attacks?
Perry's response: “I’m going to protect all the science” whether it's having to do with climate or anything else the US is working on.
On cyber threats in the US:
Perry: “If they are trying to penetrate into Americans lives, you will see me engaged in activities at department of Energy ... I feel very comfortable we have the technology and ability to stop the cyber snooping."
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