New York, NY — President-elect Trump is expected to name climate-denier and former Texas governor Rick Perry as Energy secretary.
350.org Executive Director May Boeve gave the following response:
“Another day, another climate change denier. Perry completes a cabinet of fossil fuel retrogrades, just when our country needs to be embracing a clean energy future. Perry’s tepid support for renewable energy targets doesn’t excuse his backing of climate disasters like Keystone XL and the Dakota Access Pipeline. An Energy Department run by the fossil fuel industry is a catastrophe our planet can’t afford.”
Perry has called climate change a “contrived phony mess” and efforts to tackle it nothing more than “hysteria.” He serves on the board of Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline, and has supported Keystone XL. Perry once vowed to abolish the Department of Energy.
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