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December 14, 2016

Governor Rick Perry, Who Once Considered Scrapping the Energy Department, Will Now Lead It

The liberal media is aghast at the irony.

I'm not. The most important attribute for the exercise of power is an understanding of the restraint that must be imposed on any exercise of power -- and feeling that a department is kind of bullshit is an excellent start to knowing that restraint.

It should be noted that under Obama, many agencies were perverted, Orwell-like, to perform the exact opposite function of their original mission. The Department of Energy, created to promote the generation of energy, was perverted into an agency largely considered with strangling initiatives to generate energy.

I don't think Rick Perry will roll that way.

Drill, baby, drill.

President-elect Donald Trump has selected former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to be his nominee for energy secretary, the transition team announced Wednesday, which would make him head of an agency he once sought to eliminate.

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If confirmed by the Senate, Perry will inherit a department that has focused on promoting clean energy and reducing dependence on fossil fuels, but has also seen domestic production of oil explode. And his selection is a nod to the traditional GOP emphasis on energy sources like coal and oil.

"As the Governor of Texas, Rick Perry created created a business climate that produced millions of new jobs and lower energy prices in his state, and he will bring that same approach to our entire country as Secretary of Energy," Trump said in a statement. "My administration is going to make sure we take advantage of our huge natural resource deposits to make America energy independent and create vast new wealth for our nation, and Rick Perry is going to do an amazing job as the leader of that process."

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"I've never understood why, with all of our own reserves, we've allowed this country to be held hostage by OPEC, the cartel of oil-producing countries, some of which are hostile to America," Trump wrote in his book "Crippled America."

The article notes the current "controversial" policy of DoE loans to boondoggles like Solyndra.

I think Perry might be interested in some accountability on that front. And I don't think he'll be interested in more boondoggle loans.

This quote from a Canadian Minister of something or other is apropos:




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