- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday announced that he plans to nominate former Texas Gov. and one-time 2016 GOP presidential rival Rick Perry to be the next secretary of the Department of Energy.

Mr. Trump said Mr. Perry created a business climate that created millions of new jobs and lower energy prices and that he’d bring the same approach to the new position.

“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,” Mr. Trump said.

Mr. Perry said it was a “tremendous honor” to be selected. He still faces a Senate confirmation process.

“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,” he said.

Mr. Perry is the longest-serving governor in Texas history and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He ran for president in 2012 and 2016.

In a GOP presidential debate in November 2011, he famously could not name the energy department as the third federal government department he wanted to eliminate in a stunning “oops” moment that helped torpedo his candidacy in the 2012 primary cycle.

He called Mr. Trump’s candidacy a “cancer on conservatism” last year before dropping out of the race for the GOP nomination in September 2015.

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