Donald Trump names Rick Perry to head Energy department

The selection of Rick Perry who once demanded scrapping of the Energy Department has come as a huge shock for environmentalists. Perry is a well known climate change denier, and his selection has stirred fears among environmentalists that Trump administration is likely to favour fossil fuel lobby in the future

Donald Trump names Rick Perry to head Energy department

Former governor of Texas, Rick Perry has been named energy secretary, according to latest media reports. Rick Perry has met trump recently and the duo had a discussion on the appointment, reported media quoting sources close to Trump.

The selection of Rick Perry who once demanded scrapping of the Energy Department has come as a huge shock for environmentalists. Perry is a well known climate change denier, and his selection has stirred fears among environmentalists that Trump administration is likely to favour fossil fuel lobby in the future.


Perry faced the wrath for not remembering the name of Energy Department during his a 2011 Republican debate, considered one of his "oops" moment in his public life.

Addressing the Convention, he asked, “It’s three agencies of government when I get there that are gone, “ as his rivals in party tried to help him find the correct one.

However, the incident caused major embarrassment for him as he failed to name the department. Perry became the governor of rich-oil producing state, Texas in 2000 after succeeding former President George W Bush. He remained in the position till 2015 and unsuccessfully contested for President post two times.

He is well known for the huge number of  jobs created during his tenure in Texas, the second most populous city in the entire US.

Perry was initially against Trump and even contested against him in the primaries and described as "cancer on conservatism" once. He was known to be a friend of Trump's major critic in the party, Texas Senator Ted Cruz.

But, he later dropped out of the US Presidential race after endorsed Trump. After making truce with Trump, Perry described Mr Trump as “the people’s choice”. In yet another high profile appointment, Trump is likely to appoint Rex Tillerson, the chief executive of oil firm Exxon Mobil Corp, as US secretary of state.