It is reported this morning that Donald Trump will nominate Gov. Rick Perry to head the Department of Energy as Energy Secretary.
Get ready to have energy independence folks! The United States is sitting on some of the largest oil reserves anywhere in the world.
As Energy Secretary, Rick Perry will open up more drilling, more pipelines and get things moving again!
There’s no reason we can’t also continue great strides in solar, nuclear and clean coal along the way! With all of these tremendous developments, will we see gas at under $1.00/gal at the pump again soon? We might!
The choice of Rick Perry may bring up memories for the 2012 election, in which Rick Perry said he would eliminate three government departments. One of those was the Department of Energy. We like the way you think Rick!
More from CBS News:
Donald Trump has selected Rick Perry to be energy secretary, according to two sources directly involved in the transition and selection process.
He had been summoned to Trump Tower for a meeting Monday to discuss the position after having been contacted over the weekend. The meeting was only finalized on Sunday.
The other contenders for the position were Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, and Ray Washburne, a key Trump fundraiser, former RNC finance chair, restaurateur and investor in oil and gas operations.
The former Texas governor sits on two corporate boards – one of them is Energy Transfer Partners – and that may present a confirmation issue. Energy Transfer Partners has a subsidiary known as Dakota Access LLC, which is attempting to build the Dakota Access Pipeline. That Dakota Access Pipeline has been the subject of public protests over its potential environmental impact and damage to Native American lands.
Mr. Trump once invested in Energy Transfer Partners and supports completion of the Dakota Access Pipeline. He told Fox News Sunday that he would intervene if the matter is not resolved before he is inaugurated.
“When I get to office, if it’s not solved, I’ll have it solved very quickly,” he said.