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Trump to Nominate Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry as DOE Secretary

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Rick Perry, former governor of Texas, has been selected by President-elect Donald Trump to serve as secretary of the Energy Department, the New York Times reported Tuesday.

Coral Davenport writes Perry is former Texas agriculture commissioner before he served as governor of the state from 2000 through 2015.

He graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in animal science and authored the 2010 book “Fed Up! Our Fight to Save America From Washington,” Davenport added.

Juliet Eilperin and Steven Mufson also report for the Washington Post that wind power capacity in Texas rose to 14,098 megawatts in 2014 from 200 megawatts in 2000 during Perry’s tenure as governor.

The American Wind Energy Association told the publication that Perry helped support the development of transmission lines for the distribution of wind power-based electricity.

Perry, who ran for the Republican nomination for president in 2012 and 2016, is a member of the board of directors of Energy Transfer Partners, Eilperin and Mufson write.

He is likely to advance the development of fossil fuels once he assumes the DOE chief post, the Washington Post added.

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