Donald Trump picks Rick Perry for department he wanted to kill

Updated: Dec 15, 2016, 11:45 IST | Agencies |

President-elect Donald Trump yesterday named former Texas governor Rick Perry to head the US Department of Energy, handing the job to a climate change sceptic with close ties to the oil industry who once proposed abolishing the department

Rick Perry
Rick Perry

Washigton: President-elect Donald Trump yesterday named former Texas governor Rick Perry to head the US Department of Energy, handing the job to a climate change sceptic with close ties to the oil industry who once proposed abolishing the department.

The choice adds to a list of drilling proponents who have been tapped for top jobs in Trump’s administration, pleasing an industry eager for expansion but worrying environmental groups concerned by the US role in global climate change.

In a statement from Trump’s transition team, the president-elect cited Perry’s tenure leading Texas, the nation’s second most populous state and a major producer of oil, gas and wind power, from 2000 until 2015.

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