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Trump Taps Gov. Perry for DOE Secretary, AG Pruitt for EPA Admin


President-elect Donald J. Trump recently announced his intent to name former Texas Gov. Rick Perry as secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy and Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to serve as the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.

“As the governor of Texas, Rick Perry 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,” said President-elect Trump. “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.”

Gov. Perry said, “As the former governor of the nation’s largest energy producing state, I know American energy is critical to our economy and our security. I look forward to engaging in a conversation about the development, stewardship and regulation of our energy resources, safeguarding our nuclear arsenal, and promoting an American energy policy that creates jobs and puts America first.”

In announcing his intention to appoint Pruitt as EPA administrator, Trump said, the EPA has had an “out of control anti-energy agenda” and he believes Pruitt will instead “restore the EPA’s essential mission of keeping our air and our water clean and safe.”

Pruitt said, “The American people are tired of seeing billions of dollars drained from our economy due to unnecessary EPA regulations, and I intend to run this agency in a way that fosters both responsible protection of the environment and freedom for American businesses.”

Pruitt agrees with Trump to rescind all job-destroying executive actions and eliminate all barriers to responsible energy production.

As Oklahoma’s Attorney General, Pruitt established the state’s first “federalism unit” to combat unwarranted regulation and overreach by the federal government. He also joined a coalition of state attorneys general in a lawsuit challenging the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan.