President Elect Donald Trump Officially Nominates Rick Perry For Energy Secretary…

The primary role of the energy department surrounds nuclear technology, research and the maintenance of nuclear resources, including atomic weaponry.  The Department was created in 1977 by President Jimmy Carter who spent part of his early career as a nuclear engineer.

(New York, NY) — President-elect Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to name former Texas Governor Rick Perry as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy.

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Gov. Perry was the chief executive of one of the country’s largest states and one of the largest economies in the world. He is also one of the most successful governors in modern history, having led Texas through a sustained period of economic growth and prosperity by developing the state’s energy resources and infrastructure, and making low-cost energy available to companies and families.

Rick+Perry+GOP+Candidate+President+Rick+Perry+FYrvTk1dp5Hl“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.”

“It is a tremendous honor to be selected to serve as Secretary of Energy by President-elect Trump. I am deeply humbled by his trust in me,” said Gov. Perry. “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.”  (read more)

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169 Responses to President Elect Donald Trump Officially Nominates Rick Perry For Energy Secretary…

  1. filia.aurea says:

    Bravo. But who will oppose Cruz in 2018?

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  2. First the condemning the false promise of Globalism.

    Next up, the false premise of Extreme Environmentalism.

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    • Tejas Rob says:

      Next up, the false premise of Extreme Environmentalism.

      I’m sure they will, even though Perry supported and built massive wind and solar powered facilities while governor. He wasn’t anti-“Green energy”, just didn’t believe in selling out to it totally. As much as the eco-nuts want to extol the virtues of green energy, it just isn’t up to the task. Maybe some day in the future, but not now.

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      • All of that crap exists in an artificial environment. I believe Trump will not allow the dismal efficiency & horrid ROI of all the supposed “Green” energy scams.

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      • Awaken says:

        There is nothing wrong with green energy… where and when it can be done effectively and efficiently. (on time and under budget… 🙂 ) It’s when you try for force the square peg in the round hole because you think you should that the friction starts. By all means, we should be using “green” energy, where and when it makes sense to. We should not however ignore all the other forms of energy available to us that may be a better fit for certain times and places.

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        • lisaginnz says:

          There is PLENTY wrong with “green” energy. False premise that human’s tiny amount of C02 impacting planetary warmth or cooling to begin with. Huge wind mill monstrosities produce f&k all energy. Chops up bats, birds when they are running. Huge solar fields: incinerate birds. Where are the “eco friendly” greenies when all the birds are being incinerated or chopped to bits? There some charts showing how insignificant the amounts of power produced by anything other than coal, oil or gas. Also: coal, oil, gas ARE ALL NATURAL earth made products! They are “green” in all sense of the word.

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          • Jeff C-C says:

            Lisa, I think you are confused. Birds are incinerated by live electric wires, not by wind farms or huge solar fields. If you want to stop birds from being incinerated, we need to remove the entire electrical infrastructure from our country.

            Also, pet cats kill birds at an extraordinary rate. Are you taking steps so that people keep their cats inside all day? This is by far the best way to protect birds; that and not convert forested areas into agricultural fields or housing developments.

            Finally, houses and cars each kill birds at about the same rate as wind turbines (one per year each). Should we eliminate cars and houses too?

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            • Avi says:

              cats don’t kill eagles

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            • Final wind-turbine rule permits thousands of eagle deaths
              12/14/2016, 2:51:46 PM · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies
              SFGate.com ^ | 12//14/16 | Matthew Daly – AP
              WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration on Wednesday finalized a rule that lets wind-energy companies operate high-speed turbines for up to 30 years — even if means killing or injuring thousands of federally protected bald and golden eagles. Under the new rule, wind companies and other power providers will not face a penalty if they kill or injure up to 4,200 bald eagles, nearly four times the current limit. Deaths of the more rare golden eagles would be allowed without penalty so long as companies minimize losses by taking steps such as retrofitting power poles to reduce the risk of…

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              • dwluckieyahoo says:

                Poor Birds! They have to do their best to avoid vehicles and airplanes. Now birds have the challenge of these Wind Farms. What is Next for the birds?

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            • texasfence says:

              With all due respect, Jeff, you are sadly misinformed about bird deaths due to inceneration by massive solar mirror arrays that focus the sun’s energy into a narrow high-energy beam that incenerates everything in its path – birds, bats, insects – everything!

              And have you noticed all the birds lined up comfortanly side by side on power lines? They are not electrocuted by those lines because there is no ground available.

              And if you ever visit a wind farm, onsite, not 10 miles away as you speed by on an interstate highway, you will be amazed by three things: the noise, the blight on once beautiful countryside, and the number of large bird carcasses, especially during migration seasons.

              Arguably the worst indictment of wind energy generation, Jeff, lies in the economics, in the event you care about such mundane issues. The most generous estimation of the economic life of these windmills is 20 years, and maintenance is exceptionally expensive. But even using the most optimistic models which include generous government grants and tax credits, along with ludicrously high estimates of electricity produced, none of those projects will be even marginally cost effective!

              Add to that, Jeff, who will pay for all those government grants and tax credits, as well as the inevitable demolition and removal costs later? I damned sure don’t want that junk scarring our Country’s beautiful landscape forever!

              Oh, Jeff, did I mention that 90% of those ugly windmills were made of US scrap metal purchased by the Chinese and shipped to China to be melted down and used to manufacture them to be sold to us and shipped back here?

              Jeff, Lisa is not misinformed. You, sir, are either grossly misinformed or a liberal poseur who needs to go back home to mommy!

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              • Windmills have destroyed the landscape & view of many a beautiful countryside. Just look no further than Palm Springs. At times maybe 75% of them or more not even functioning.

                TOTAL SCAM. SCAM SCAM SCAM.

                Oh, did I say scam?

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                • Juzjon says:

                  Bluto, I pass by palm springs all the time. Generally the strong desert winds are blowing at 30mph or higher and you’re right, only about 40% of them are turning. Talk about ROI !!!!!
                  I’ve been told by many down here that the parts to fix them are no longer available.

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                • dwluckieyahoo says:

                  Obama invested nearly billions into these Wind Companies and most went belly up, but the leaders became filthy rich and richer. First of all you have to have wind. I do not believe that these things produce its wind. It is a SCAM.

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              • Thank you, texasfence, for your response. When I read Jeff C-C’s response my blood was boiling over. When I drive through Cali near the mountain town of Tehachapi I see those monstrosity wind mills creating a blight on the once-beautiful scenery. Plus what they do to all of the winged animals who make the mistake of going near them. Outside of Las Vegas where I live we’ve got Harry Reid’s solar farms. They fry every winged animal that goes near them. What do the Greenies, PETA, and other “animal loving” groups have to say about this. CRICKETS!!! I despise them all.

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            • JoAnn Leichliter says:

              I think lisaginns was referring to the giant solar field in California that concentrates sunlight. It does fry birds. I do not think that it follows that because cat predation kills lots of birds, cars occasionally do, and windows certainly do, it is ok to add yet another significant hazard. The large wind chargers kill a great many birds and bats and have to be exempted, for exsmple, from laws protecting raptors (especially Bald Eagles). The statistics are far, far greater than you apparently think.

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      • Hillbilly4 says:

        No less than a great science team hired by Google to research ‘green energy’ found that the current & foreseeable ‘green technology’ simply was not worth the effort. Barring some stunning research to change the green-energy paradigm there is no reason to get gaga over the solar, wind, and geothermal resources. Sure, research should continue, but be practical, efficient and provide the fossil-fuels needed. There may yet be an “Einstein’ of green-energy who will revolutionize things, but that remains to be seen.

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        • Tejas Rob says:

          No less than a great science team hired by Google to research ‘green energy’ found that the current & foreseeable ‘green technology’ simply was not worth the effort.

          It’s not, because it doesn’t have the capabilities to produce what we need. Here in Texas, Perry invested in wind and solar power, where it was practical, like West Texas. There are some large “wind farms” out there, but they mostly help supplement electrical needs.

          But Perry didn’t try to hinder fossil fuel generated electricity, and even helped expand it. Wind power had more practicality in say West Texas, but not here where I live in East Texas, where we don’t really need it anyway. We have a couple of large Lignite mines which power electrical generating plants. Those Lignite fueled plants have great fishing lakes too, but I shouldn’t give away my secret spots. Go to Fork, or Toledo Bend, like the rest of those idiots, ignore what I said about the power plant lakes.

          I’d say Perry did an excellent job while Governor when it came to electricity if nothing else. Texas is the only state with it’s own independent, self-sustaining power grid. We also have some of the lowest rates in the nation. I pay less now that I did back in the ’80’s, way less. We all used to live in fear of the summer when the AC would run up our bills sky high. There are also low-cost programs, one of which my mom, being a senior citizen, qualifies for. They cap your monthly bill, which helps even with our low rates.

          We also have competition among energy companies, you can choose your provider, that as much as anything helped bring the rates down. A lot of this happened under Perry, so if he can do for the rest of the nation what he did for Texas, everyone should be happy. Everyone that is except the Dems.

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          • maiingankwe says:

            See? This is why I like coming here, I learn. Thank you for the post, Tejas Rob, it was very informative.

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          • ebrown2 says:

            Ironically enough, “green energy” would work well in Africa and other 3rd world areas that get plenty of sunlight. It would provide individual power for efficient, rugged electronic devices and limited illumination, and the proposals for that have existed for years.

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            • Tejas Rob says:

              Solar energy sucks and from what I know is more of a waste than wind power, else most of the SouthWestern US would be powered by Solar panels.

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              • I get Sunshine 366 days out of 365 in So. California. I looked into solar panels. Ran the numbers. Ran the numbers again. Ran the numbers a 3rd time. ZERO advantage to me as a homeowner. In fact too many negatives – even with the Tax Incentive (total Bullsh*t! stealing from people to fund my solar panels, but that’s another story).

                The ONLY reason to install Solar Panels is so I could tell people I installed Solar Panels.

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                • booger71 says:

                  People don’t realize either that for individual harnessers of wind or solar you have to make a large investment in deep cell batteries for storage

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                • The Boss says:

                  Saying one has solar panels will soon not be cool cocktail party conversation at all!

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                • Your Tour Guide says:

                  Looked into install them to heat our neighborhood swim club pool. It’s a big old school monster: 150,000 gallons worth. It would have taken a space the size of a soccer field for the panels alone. The panels were $15,000, and that was without some of the other components needed to actually make it work. It would have ran about 17-18k and been
                  atrociously ugly.

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                • piper567 says:

                  BINGO, Bluto, ^^^.
                  No one EVER talks about the fri**ing Batteries, either !!!
                  The cost is totally prohibitive, and the home owner is supposed to be impressed by the fact there will be 100% ROI in 27 yrs. !

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            • but, but I don’t live there…so how’s that matter?

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          • Yes to all that anti-Green stuff above. But why do the Greenies persist in pushing it? Bc is is part of the Climate Change religion. Example from Oregon: Legislature passed a law a few years ago aiming for something like 25% of all energy being produced should be “green” and “renewable” by 2025.
            Legislatures love these cute little number games. 25 by 25 – get it?
            Anyway, despite pleas from the power companies, they specifically excluded hydropower, which we get so much of from our dams on the Snake and Columbia rivers that we sell some of the electricity produced to California! We get about 30% of our electricity from hydropower produced by both public and private power companies.
            Doesn’t make sense, does it?

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        • Kroesus says:

          I live near a military base where 40% of their electricity is provided by geothermal, Tehachapi Power runs a wind farm through the pass an hour away and Tonapah solar does indeed fry birds in its solar arrays an hour away the other direction. All of them get some form of federal subsidy or they would have never been built, Until Green energy can compete on their own two feet with just tax deductions like depreciation it deserves no place in the market. CA forces consumer to purchase a 15% share of electricity to date with this mandated amount set to increase until 2030.

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      • jbrickley says:

        Right, green energy works but it’s a drop in the bucket to Gas, Coal, Oil, and Nuclear. Hydro-electric works where it’s available. Green energy works best locally to supplement and enhance power by putting excess energy back into the grid and reducing the amount of energy from mainstream power production. That reduction is rather small. Solar panels on homes reduces the strain from air conditioners and helps prevent brown outs. Wind can do the same. But enormous solar plants and wind farms are a failure. Material science has yet to come up with a solar cell that is efficient enough to compete with the energy found in gas, coal, or oil. Nuclear is the best option but it’s beset by fear. We have the technology to make it a thousand times safer and better but no one is going to build reactors unless there is some serious change. I rather liked that TED Talk by the young genius, Taylor Wilson who designed a new small reactor that would be buried inside a vault deep underground and merely shutdown and sealed and a new one installed nearby. It is a brilliant smart design. It is a molten salt reactor operating at twice the temperature, and twice the efficiency at double the fueling cycle, without high pressurized water cooling, and it’s buried deep making it many times safer. It’s easier to shutdown and seal it off safely against leaks and you can install a new one cheaply right next to the old one. Plus is runs on expired weaponized-plutonium which is no longer useful in weapons but is still very useful in this reactor design. You can get 30 years out of a single fueling and not waste that energy rotting away in a nuclear weapons dump. Its absolutely brilliant, the figures back up the claims.

        I have no issues what so ever in any green energy. What I despise is the extremist view that all energy must be green and then implement insane policies to make it happen. Ultimately the goal being a transfer of wealth with unproven ideas that appear absolutely insane and would do enormous damage economically if fully implemented. What we need is innovation and smart thinking not faculty lounge weirdos who think they are smarter than everyone else. Those who cannot do, teach and those who have never done anything should be patted on the head and ignored.

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    • Pam says:

      Amen Bluto. Governor Perry is a good man and he had an excellent record as governor. This position is perfect for him.

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  3. Congratulations to governor Rick Perry. He is the perfect choice

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  4. noritadek says:

    I love Rick Perry. Even I voted for him when I was in TX. I always thought he was under appreciate just because he speak like a texan. Lame. He is a very capable man. Thank you Mr. Trump! MAGA

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  5. EV22 says:

    I’m very happy for Gov. Perry. Nice to see him rewarded after all that despicable Travis County claptrap he had to live through. Of course, he’ll be great at his job as Energy Secy. too!

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  6. Atticus says:

    “WINNING”

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  7. Guy K. says:

    The same Rick Perry who hired Steve Schmidt to run his 2016 campaign and who opposed Trump vigorously and vociferously in 2015 before his campaign completely died? That Rick Perry?

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  8. M33 says:

    This couldn’t be more important!
    The state of our nuclear arsenal is embarrassing…
    Some still use 5″ floppies!
    Ridiculous!
    Very glad Trump mentioned during his campaign how vital it is for us to upgrade the whole lot.

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  9. I would have preferred Sarah Palin, but then I would have preferred Sarah for Secretary of the Interior. Hoping Rick Perry does the right thing and cleans out this corrupt and anti energy department.

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    • Hillbilly4 says:

      agreed!

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    • psadie says:

      I think Sarah is history.

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      • sundance says:

        Unfortunately, I think so too. Unfortunate.

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        • Tejas Rob says:

          Yep, I still think she would have been great as Secretary of the Interior.

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        • Hi Sundance, When you think the timing appropriate, very much look forward to your overall take on Sarah… her current status as well as longer term relationship, roles with Mr. Trump.

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        • andymilken says:

          That’s true. However, it is not “smart’ to show off your potential boss when he just got the job. BTW, her “complaint” about Carrier was way off. She forgot to look at her own state, and how it generates its revenue to support about 80% of the state budget w/ the true subsidies it is getting for the sector.

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        • Yes, very unfortunate. She exposed a lot of corruption by the huge oil companies who were purchasing our representation, a bunch of them went to jail, and she really cleaned things up for a while.

          Unfortunately, the ESTABLISHMENT did all they could to smear her and run her out, so now we have the same problem again, the oil companies are getting huge tax breaks, and the governor steal the permanent fund dividend from the people rather than stop this corruption..

          We need more citizens and politicians like Sarah who was willing to take on this corruption, but the establishment republican okiedokes stood by and let her get beat up and smeared, and used her as an example to any other honest citizen as to what would happen to them if they decided to follow in her footsteps and attempt to stop their dishonest actions and corruption.

          Our oil corporations were allowed to merge in 1999 by Bill Clinton, and this was a huge mistake and did not benefit the people. Now they do not compete, they have too much power and money, and collude. They should be broken back into their pre merger components and compelled to COMPETE, not collude. We should also break back the too big to fail banks, and the media, which is now almost solely owned by SIX corporations. Where are our anti trust laws when they are needed? This is why we have such a corrupt government now, it is much easier for politicians to get bribes from big companies, that a bunch of smaller companies that are competing and lean and mean..

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      • The Tundra PA says:

        I agree, psadie, at least for anything that would require either election or Senate confirmation. And as Sundance says, it is unfortunate. She is a talented, smart, dedicated woman who brings a servant’s heart to government service. She could still be appointed to a non-confirmation post, and I would love to see Mr. Trump do that, but it might not be worth the sh*tstorm the media would raise about it, either to her or to Mr. Trump. She continues to do amazing good as an observer and commenter on the daily political parade, and in helping good people to get noticed and elected.

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      • Phil aka Felipe says:

        Maybe. But I think Sarah, Newt, Laura, and Rudy can all be just as or perhaps more effective on the outside of the Administration. They’ve got inside contacts and can operate as Watchmen on the Wall to alert us and the Administration when it is getting off course.

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      • Avi says:

        if she runs for senate she can redeem herself , otherwise she is finished.

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      • amjean says:

        Unfortunately, Palin wrote her own demise.

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        • haoleboy says:

          No, I think it is more that the lower 48 just can’t handle the rough and tumble ways of those who are successful in Alaskan lifestyle. They are a breed apart. Kinda like having a1980’s mountain man in the parlors of Savanna, Georgia.

          She is who she is and a fighter to the max.

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  10. El Torito says:

    Impressive how Trump laid out his intentions, and then selects the very people most qualified and passionate to deliver. This amazing ride just keeps getting better. Well wishes to all my fellow Tree dwelling, Trump loving VULGARIANS and as always, my hat’s off to Sundance!

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  11. james23 says:

    Good Choice! for 3 reasons……

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  12. M33 says:

    Cant wait to see all thise Generation4 Nuclear Plants get approved now!!!
    They can only either produce power or shut down.
    They are completely unable to meltdown by the laws of physics.
    And it can continue to reuse its own waste to produce more energy.
    It really is the greenest tech for the 21st century until we figure out fusion.

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  13. TwoLaine says:

    Good. I hope that means he’s also in charge of getting to the bottom of the illegal nuclear deal ILLary made with her Russian pals, and undoing it at the very least.

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    • El Torito says:

      Sessions is going to be busy convicting the Clintons, and convicting the Clintons, and then, convicting the Clintons…

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      • TwoLaine says:

        Nothing would please me more. Well, except for the conviction of BHO too. 🙂

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      • haoleboy says:

        The list of those deserving conviction is practically endless, once they see a real sheriff the Swamp may be self-draining, but halfway measures encourage crime. “Enforcement is critical to peaceful existence for once a less than honest soul sees there is ambiguity
        in law he will inevitably , all the while thinking it is only fair , seek advantage.”

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  14. psadie says:

    Gov. Perry wanted illegals to have “free education.” I am not sold on him.

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    • Tejas Rob says:

      Thankfully as Energy Secretary he will have no dog in that fight.

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      • NickD says:

        That was my thinking upon hearing this. First, he’s shown some softness on illegal immigration, second, that will have no bearing on his work in Energy

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    • texasfence says:

      Cite reference please. I am a Texan, keep up to date more than most, and have never heard of this. Not calling you out, just asking for enlightenment. Thank you!

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      • Whatevv says:

        The “free education” is actually the law of the land nationally for K-12 aged illegal aliens, so that isn’t what Rick Perry was referring to.
        However, I’m pretty sure what psadie’s comment refers to is Rick Perry pushing for college-aged illegal aliens in Texas to have “in state” tuition rates (also sometimes referred to as “Dream Act” in Texas, although that Dream Act label has referred to various different things at different times in different places).

        So I think the spirit of what psadie commented is correct – that Perry strongly (and stupidly, I believe) pushed for an undeserved educational benefit for illegal aliens. It was in-state tuition rates for college age illegals for which Perry does deserve blame and criticism, not “free education” for K-12 (which does happen but isn’t unique to Texas and isn’t Perry’s fault).
        Not only did Perry push for in-state tuition for college-age illegals, but he brutally attacked (verbally) anyone who disagrees with them on the topic – saying anyone who opposes it “has no heart”.
        Regarding a link, there are many reports of this from the 2011/2012 time frame when Perry ran for president the first time. It was a big story and controversy at the time. Many news reports can be found with a Google or Bing search for:
        Rick Perry in-state tuition no heart
        Here is one link as an example, but again there are many and he said it openly and repeatedly, on video, etc – it isn’t something taken out of context or twisted; he really said it plainly
        http://thehill.com/video/campaign/183467-perry-dream-act-detractors-have-no-heart

        A related point is Perry also often spoke against the idea of a border wall, actually mocking the idea by saying no matter how tall a wall would be, the illegals could simply get a taller ladder. Quite d dumb and untrue claim from him, aside from being obnoxious.

        In sum – Perry is not only soft on border and immigration issues, but he’s arrogant, obnoxious and snarky about it. Sad to see Trump reward such a person, even if Energy is a separate topic. There are plenty of alternative possibilities who would be as good (or better) as Energy Secretary and who don’t have the stain of Perry’s immigration/border softness and his insulting over-the-line remarks against Trump. Awful hire, in my view.

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        • Whatevv says:

          Shorter way of putting it:

          Rick Perry repeatedly said, essentially, that people “have no heart” if they disagree with his policy that illegal alien Mexicans should have cheaper tuition at Texas universities and colleges than do U.S. citizens from Oklahoma, Kansas, or any other non-Texas state who have to pay the higher “out of state” tuition.

          Not only was his policy crazy and illogical, but anyone who criticized it was commended by Perry as “having no heart”.

          Disqualifying, I think, plus his crazy untrue statements that a border wall could always be defeated by a ladder.

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        • texasfence says:

          Thank you, Whatevv . I remember that from the 2012 cycle now, an obvious play for the large Hispanic voting bloc here in Texas, and I was never happy with it then. As our governor, he didn’t push that agenda here in Texas. Thanks for the clarification!

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  15. True Colors says:

    Rick Perry was not a terrible governor for Texas, but he certainly was not a great one, either.

    Exhibit A….. Perry openly supported giving discounted college tuition rates to illegal aliens.

    TC

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    • Rick Perry will not be running the Department of Education, nor that of Homeland Security. See Puzder, Andrew.

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    • rashamon says:

      If a governor is stuck with illegals because his President will not deport them, and actively welcomes them, then you want them educated to take jobs vs. going on welfare. I’m not for the freebies either, but The 0 made life impossible for those trying to deal with reality.

      Perhaps now, if the darn media ever gets over non-stop complaining, our “We The People” President will be able to address these issues and the rule of law.

      Rick Perry will be a solid supporter of our President Trump.

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    • amjean says:

      In Texas the governor doesn’t have as
      much power as in other states; the
      legislative branch does.

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  16. giddyup says:

    perry was a good governor,. he created jobs. if it wasn’t for the jobs that perry created obummer job creation would be in the negative.

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  17. NJF says:

    Happy for him. Only 3 more appointments left?

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  18. Rudy Bowen says:

    This is Trump’s worst pick, out of the entire Cabinet. Bah. I hope he dumps him before he screws too much up.

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  19. dianeax says:

    A display of Trump’s perfect wit!

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  20. andi lee says:

    Best wishes forward, I will be praying, crossing my fingers, this works out well for the Gov’nor, for all Americans, especially for President Trump.

    God bless Govenor Perry, please!

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  21. Grace Anne says:

    Congratulations to Rick Perry. You are joining a winning team. Makes us proud!

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  22. MfM says:

    Perry campaigned for Trump. I know he made a swing through PA campaign offices on Nov. 5 with Huckabee and another former Governor who I’m blanking on.

    Perry may not be the best choice, but like many others there are reasons for Trump’s picks.

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  23. teaforall says:

    Congrats Gov Perry another Great Choice

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  24. toriangirl says:

    This has been a great week for Texans with the announcement of Perry & Tillerson. One of the wonderful things about Trump is that he draws his talent from all over the country and not just East/West coast. We have a lot of very amazing, talented business folks here in Texas.

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  25. helmhood says:

    Those of us who live and work in New York look upon Texas with envy.

    I wish Perry was my governor. But I’ll take him as my Secretary of Energy.

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    • andi lee says:

      Governor Abbott is our redemption after the governorship of Perry.

      Texas almost went bankrupt and I’m surprised my fellow Texans do not remember. The Austin toll road fiasco about nailed us to the wall and remains incomplete to this day. The “rainy day” fund mystery. 5 major cities in dire straits; the pensioners funds robbed. The mysterious arson fire at the Governors mansion destroying $150+M renovation. $11,000 mo. rent living accommodations for 13 years. $500 wk haircuts. But, whatever. We survived.

      ~I ❤ my Governor Abbott!

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      • Tejas Rob says:

        Governor Abbott is our redemption after the governorship of Perry.

        Texas almost went bankrupt and I’m surprised my fellow Texans do not remember. The Austin toll road fiasco about nailed us to the wall and remains incomplete to this day. The “rainy day” fund mystery. 5 major cities in dire straits; the pensioners funds robbed. The mysterious arson fire at the Governors mansion destroying $150+M renovation. $11,000 mo. rent living accommodations for 13 years. $500 wk haircuts. But, whatever. We survived.

        ~I ❤ my Governor Abbott!

        I like Abbott too but you sound like one of those damn Austin hippies.

        I don’t know what the hell that Austin toll road had to do with Perry but if you want to bitch about that Trans-Texas Corridor BS I’m all with you.

        What rainy day fund mystery? They dipped into it so not to raise taxes and the past several years it has been flush with cash, so maybe that’s why no one remembers it.

        5 major cities in dire straights? That’s five cities run by Democrats so to hell with them. We know what Democrats do to big cities.

        The Governors mansion fire? You have GOT to be kidding me? What the hell does that have to do with Perry? He didn’t even live there. Some nut job tries to burn it down and it’s Perry’s fault.

        Nope, you are definitely an Austin hippie because you hit all their bitch spots. Put down that Austin American Statesman.

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  26. Mike24 says:

    Great pick! I really hope he gets rid of windmills for energy. They cause headaches and each windmill kills about 4000 birds a year, many of them bald eagles or the more rare golden eagles. Ridiculous 30 feet monuments to man’s demise. Going down the highway, seeing nature and bam! Windmills that look like crap. We’ve got enough natural gas, clean coal and now with the just discovered west Texas oil find to get rid of these headache inducing eyesore monoliths. T. Boone Pickens got a lot of Obama money for these eyesores. Now he can tear them down.

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  27. PREDICTION: 18 months into his term as head of DOE, Perry suddenly says “Oops!” and summarily fires everyone and resigns, thereby “getting rid of the DOE” as he promised to do in 2012./sarc

    This is great: Trump appoints another pro-growth, pro-business Cabinet Officer. All of these alphabet soup agencies that have been the playground of radical environmentalists will be reborn as economic development agencies.

    Cliven Bundy for BLM?

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  28. dginga says:

    I seem to recall that it always amused me that Jimmah “Worst President Evan” Carter was a nuclear engineer who could not correctly pronounce the word “NUCLEAR!!!”

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  29. Bull Durham says:

    “And #3 is, #3 is . . .”

    Trump has a great sense of humor. Rick Perry gets #3!

    And the Governor will do a fine job. All forms of energy. Cut waste and fraud and size of government.

    Perfect fit. Good man.

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  30. Athena the Warrior says:

    Perry is a solid pick for Sec. of Energy. He presided over Texas’ energy boom and kept us out of negative growth by allowing energy to grow. He’s not handling Education or Immigration. His focus is on Energy and in a sense Biz Development which he has great understanding of.

    He’s also very good from what I can tell at a distance from Texas of limiting the government’s interference in economic growth.

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  31. socabill says:

    My biggist hope is Trump will kick H. Reid in the crotch and a) direct Perry to re-open Yucca Mountain, b) kick our nuclear energy sector into high gear, c) open up Alaska and Western Fed lands for oil and gas drilling and d) open up ALL our offshore waters for drill, baby drill.

    Green watermellon heads exploding EVERYWHERE as their red core leaks out for all to finally see.

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  32. das411 says:

    …will Trump let Perry keep his glasses? 😀

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  33. ExmilUK says:

    Here’s a suggestion for the new Energy secretary’s inbox:

    Ask the NRC Introduce a LFTR (Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactor) approval process, one that runs in parallel to the standard PWR approval process.

    Why?

    ———Coolant Pressure————Coolant Temp———–Coolant type———
    PWR—– 70 atmos.——————— 300 C —————– Pressurized Water–
    LFTR—– 1 atmos. ———————- 600 C —————- Molten Salt ———

    It requires a pressure vessel of about 4000 tons to safely contain water at that pressure. Only Japan steel works can make them, a single source bottleneck of epic proportions.

    LFTR’s can be made 100% in the USA, if the NRC can be made to licence them. Only political leadership can make this happen.

    This company can make LFTR’s for Uncle Sam:
    http://flibe-energy.com/

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    • Keln says:

      LFTR is not the end-all be-all of nuclear energy like there seems an almost cult-like push for on the internet. I’d really love to know how this thorium worship got started.

      Yes, it is an option. But there are some pretty nasty things involved in it. I would like to see a full-sized test reactor operated for at least 10 years before making any sort of judgment on it.

      And, as someone who has operated reactors, your numbers for a PWR are waaaaay off. Where did you get those? That pressure is low. Your numbers would turn that coolant into steam.

      And come on, even if they ran at a measly 1000 psi…you can get pressure vessels and piping for that like everywhere. 1000 psi isn’t really that much. A basic nitrogen bottle is 2600 psi (177 atmospheres), which is higher than PWR coolant pressure.

      GE and Westinghouse both make coolant loops and pressure vessels just fine. And I can guarantee every square mm of the Watts Barr-2 unit (used for making weapons materials) is 100% US-made, as well as every reactor on a nuclear carrier or submarine. Because they have to be by law.

      Seriously, where did you get this stuff about all PWR pressure vessels being made in Japan? And what does the weight of a pressure vessel have to do with coolant pressure?

      I’ll answer that for you: almost nothing. The weight is due to the thickness and size, both of which are more dependent upon core size, containment requirements, and shielding requirements. And it also has to be a bit thicker than other pressure enclosures in the coolant loop to account for neutron embrittlement since it is exposed to a constant neutron flux which means it has to be a bit stronger.

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      • booger71 says:

        I read in Popular Mechanics (I think) a few years ago about small reactors with fuel enclosed in a housing of concrete with enough energy to run a small city for decades. Is this what you are talking about?

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        • Keln says:

          No. I know what you mean though. Those were modular pebble bed reactors. And I think they were rated for like 30,000 homes maybe? Bury them for like 15 years and then replace the whole thing.

          LFTRs (“Lifters”) are Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactors. It is a type of liquid molten salt reactor, where the coolant is a liquid salt and is also the fuel.

          They are a type of breeder reactor where the initial fuel consists of a small amount of fissionable isotope (U-238) and a fertile isotope (Th-232).

          The U-238 fissions at a relatively low rate but produces a neutron flux so that the Th-232 trans-mutates into Uranium 233 via neutron capture and -Beta decay. U-233 is fissile, like the major fissile fuel U-235.

          Once the fuel cycle is initiated, they just keep adding Th-232, which keeps trans-mutating into more U-233 fuel.

          The big advantages of this is:

          1 Thorium 232 is the most abundant isotope of Thorium (“natural Thorium”) and itself is an abundant element.

          2 The fissionable component in initial fueling, Uranium 238 is likewise “natural Uranium” (also that is what depleted Uranium is). No enrichment necessary.

          3 Molten salt reactors operate at low (atmospheric) pressure, so they pose less leak risks.

          Big disadvantages:

          1 Th-232 trans-mutates into Uranium-233 which is the actual fuel for these reactors. U-233 is almost as good as Plutonium-239 when it comes to use for weapons. So there is a serious weapons proliferation concern with LFTRs. U-233 is also a very very nasty waste substance.

          2 Without getting into detail, there is a laundry list of technical problems when it comes to LFTRs. The most glaring one is that there has never been a full power test reactor to actually test if the concept works well.

          3 There is currently no industrial infrastructure for LFTR components or fuel.

          4 PWR/BWR reactors have over 60 years of operational experience to build on and learn from, as well as a global infrastructure already in place to support building, fueling, and operating them.

          It’s kind of like electric vehicles vs combustion, except no huge advantage to electric if you can get it to work.

          I’m all for researching LFTRs, but the push for them, especially by people outside of any nuclear experience, is very strange to me. As I said…almost cult like. And people who bring up Thorium seem to have very little actual nuclear knowledge. Very odd.

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          • ExmilUK says:

            Keln: U238 is not a fissionable isotope (not outside the field of nuclear weapons). It is a fertile Isotope, used in fast breeder reactors but by itself it is not capable of creating a critical mass in a civilian nuclear reactor.

            To the best of my knowledge, LFTR’s have to be started with a fissionable isotope like U235 or Pu239, in the form of something that can be dissolved in the molten salt with the Thorium 232 in the FLIBE salt. That’s only the first one, because after that you can used excess U233 generated by the breeder cycle of a two fluid LFTR.

            FLIBE salt has a liquid range of over 1000 C, so it is actually a stable and easily contained fuel, solid fuel is much more complex to manage.

            U233 is a possible nuclear weapons material, and one was built by the US in the 1950’s but my understanding is that there is an isotope involved with its creation for this purpose which has a decay chain that involves hard gamma radiation, highly dangerous to workers assembling the cores of the weapons. I do not know the detail.

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            • Keln says:

              Uh…U-238 is absolutely a fissionable isotope. You are confusing the terms fissionable and fissile. Fissionable means it is capable of undergoing fission when absorbing a neutron of a high enough energy. U238 will fission if it absorbs a fast neutron.

              Fissile means it is capable of fission when absorbing a thermal neutron, or “slow” neutron. Uranium 235 and 233 are fissile. That is why they make better fuels.

              U-238, or natural uranium is generally used in heavy water reactors, like the Canadian CANDU reactor. Light water reactors use U-235.

              And of course, U-238 can be used in breeder reactors, as you pointed out. The “fast” in “Fast Breeder” indicates fission by high energy neutrons (high kinetic energy…they move fast).

              A “fertile” isotope is one that is not normally capable of undergoing fission, but under the right conditions (such as a neutron flux) can transmutate into a fissile isotope, such as the neutron capture to -Beta decay of Th-232 to U-233.

              My understanding of LFTRs is that they use either very low enriched (235 enriched) or natural uranium (pretty much 238). There are multiple designs and I haven’t really studied exactly how they get the breeder reaction started, but I’d assume they use a lot of reflection in lieu of heavy water. Or they use a heavy water reflector. As I said, not sure. There are lots of various ways to reflect fast neutrons (tennis ball against a brick wall concept).

              A full explanation about all of this is beyond the scope of our discussion, but there is plenty of materials to be found on the internet about it to explain the difference between fissile and fissionable.

              LFTRs are absolutely interesting, and I’d love to have a conversation about them, but it’s hard to do in this format. Feel free to send me an email at nukingpolitics@gmail.com and we can a full discussion about reactors. One of my favorite topics 😀

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            • Keln says:

              I wrote you an answer to this, but it got modded for some reason. Just email me at nukingpolitics@gmail.com and we can continue this discussion.

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      • ExmilUK says:

        I am not an engineer. I was quoting from memory, if I am in error what is you figure for the 2 new PWR’s in Georgia?

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        • Keln says:

          I don’t know much about any new PWRs in Georgia, but I’d be happy to research it tomorrow and get back to you. I’d have to assume they are AP1000 reactors, and I don’t have operational experience with those.

          As far as your general numbers, a basic PWR operates from 450-600F (230-315 C) T-hot, and 2200-2300 psi (150-157 atm), all depending on type.

          2300 psi is not a lot by any stretch of the imagination. Yes, compared to atmosphere it is, and it’s enough to kill you, but as far as industrial pressures go, it’s not much.

          The brakes in your car are applied with a pressure of 1200 psi, and I gave the nitrogen bottle example, to give you an idea of where PWR coolant is in the pressure realm.

          They actually make 40,000 psi pressure washers. That is over 2700 atmospheres. And big hydraulic systems? Forget it. Those go into insane numbers for pressure.

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  34. Keln says:

    As long as Perry refocuses the DOE on nuclear energy and nuclear security, then I’m all for this pick. The Obama administration has treated us in the nuclear industry like garbage for 8 years. He destroyed our ability to enrich uranium, limited our ability to service our weapons, presided over a regulatory commission that is now afraid to give any new reactor design a green-light, and blocked the Yucca Mountain waste repository.

    Now we have reactors all over the country getting close to that 40 year mark and working to get extensions to keep running. Somehow this ridiculous administration thinks it’s “safer” to force old reactors to extend their license instead of approving new generation designs (which are inherently safer by leaps and bounds).

    And on top of that, a single reactor plant pays tens of millions a year just to jump through all of the hoops and file the paperwork to meet what are the most massive pile of regulations that any industry has to face.

    I believe in regulating nuclear energy…and I work in and am normally averse to regulation. But what is in place right now is strangling us.

    It’s no wonder that France and Russia now lead the industry that the US created in the first place and led for most of the 20th century.

    Oh…and just a personal observation from working in nuclear. At the top, the DOE is flat-out hostile towards us. Fixing that alone by cleaning out senior positions would make a huge difference.

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  35. dwluckieyahoo says:

    I am no fan of Perry. He ran for President while under indictment. No different than Hillary running for President while being investigated. My belief is that a person, who dictates and abuses power can NOT be Trusted. What about Perry’s Executive Order: ” All 11 and 12 Years Old Girls get HPV Vaccine, ONLY in the name of cronyism. As a Female, I found this to be quite Sexist and Offensive. A mandate on little girls, would have been worst than Obama forcing Obama Care on the Country. However, Obama got away with his mandate, and Perry did not get away with his mandate.

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    • Attorney says:

      Agreed, was not the greatest on that issue. But overall, my God – after what we have had! Drill, baby drill!

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    • wheatietoo says:

      The HPV vaccine was very expensive ($400) and NOT covered by Insurance…unless it was on the ‘mandatory vaccine’ list.

      Perry’s wife, a nurse, introduced him to a young woman who was dying of cancer, a type of cancer that would’ve been prevented if she had had the HPV vaccine.

      Perry was lobbied and pressured by the women in his life, to make that HPV vaccine ‘mandatory’ so that it would be paid for by Insurance.
      There was an opt-out waiver available for parents who didn’t want their kids to have it.

      That “indictment” against Perry was purely political and had no merit.
      It was brought against him to serve as an impediment to his run for the presidency.

      As soon as Perry dropped out of the race…that ‘indictment’ went :::poof:::.

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  36. Attorney says:

    Donald, stop the winning! It hurts so bad! Stop it now, we are winning so much!

    Truly, it is amazing what the guy is doing. I have to say. He seems to be giving it 100% to change things. Pray that he makes it.

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