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Trump Picks Former Texas Governor Perry as Energy Secretary

  • Rick Perry named to lead agency he once vowed to shut down
  • Perry is the third cabinet pick considered friendly to oil
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Trump to Nominate Rick Perry as Energy Secretary

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Former Texas Governor Rick Perry, a onetime rival of Donald Trump in the Republican primary, will be nominated by the president-elect as energy secretary, joining other cabinet picks considered friendly to the oil industry.

As the longest-serving governor in Texas, Perry, 66, was an advocate of "American energy," and oversaw a state that is a powerhouse in both fossil fuels and renewables. It is the nation’s biggest producer of oil and, thanks to a wave of turbine installations, has the capacity to generate more wind energy than any other state.