Duncan provided the following statement in support of former Texas Gov. Rick Perry's appointment as the Secretary of the Department of Energy, which was confirmed today [Thursday] with a bipartisan vote in the U.S. Senate. "Make no mistake, the Sierra Club is committed to fighting for our families, our communities, and our environment, and we will challenge any environmentally destructive policy Donald Trump, Rick Perry, or any of Trump's reckless cabinet members throw our way".
The genial Republican drew less fire from Democrats during his confirmation process than other Trump nominees, but Perry faces numerous same tough issues over regulations, the department's activities to slow climate change, and potentially deep cuts in manpower and spending. And they wonder whether he will be able to protect the department's national laboratories and other scientific research against those who would slash the budget.
"If confirmed, my desire is to lead this agency in a thoughtful manner, surrounding myself with expertise on the core functions of the department", Perry said.
Perry, 66, was governor of Texas from 2000 to 2015, making him the longest-serving governor of the oil-producing state in its history. He said he hoped Perry would rely on "these same principles".
The Department of Energy was the one he forgot to name.
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In his confirmation hearing, Perry said he regretted that stance and told lawmakers he would defend the DOE's mission, including agency programs for renewables, fossil fuels, and advanced nuclear energy, as well as basic and applied research and development. "We look forward to working closely with Secretary Perry to help us develop and commercialize technologies, like the Allam Cycle and Project Tundra, which promise to provide a true path forward for clean coal technology".
So, too, did the nation's appliance makers, whose products are regulated for energy efficiency by the Energy Department.
During his bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2011, he said he planned to scrap the energy department.
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The Senate voted 67-32 to confirm the affable Texan who after leaving public elected office appeared on the television series "Dancing With The Stars".