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Thursday
Dec152016

Former Texas governor, Rick Perry, could head the "Oops" Department, but it's no laughing matter

Truth in advertizing under a Trump administration?!Former Texas governor, Rick Perry, has been tapped to run the federal agency he swore to abolish, if only he could remember which one it was. Perry's leadership of the Department of Energy could jeopardize the Iran nuclear weapons deal, with national defense (almost entirely nuclear weapons related) constituting around 65% of the DOE's mission and budget, while 21% is allocated to energy-related functions. The Iran deal has already been condemned by president elect Trump and many Republicans. Perry professes skepticism on climate change, yet has overseen a boom in wind power in Texas. He is alleged to have received millions in donations from Harold Simmons, founder of Waste Control Specialists, which is due to take irradiated waste fuel from U.S. reactors to a site in Andrews County, Texas, under the "Consolidated Interim Storage" scheme that Beyond Nuclear strongly opposes. Perry also sits on the boards of Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco Logistics, owners of the Dakota Access Pipeline.  Readers should contact their U.S. Senators and urge them to block Perry's appointment. Find your two U.S. Senators here.  Then either write, fax or call your Senators via the U.S. Capitol Switchboard: 202-224-3121. Read more about Perry here and here.