What Has Secretary Perry Been up to Lately?

What Has Secretary Perry Been up to Lately?

June 2, 2017

by Margarita Fournier, Copyright 2016 by Competitive Assets, LLC.  All rights reserved

It seems that the new Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Rick Perry is really enjoying his job. Based on a report in EE News, “[f]or the past few weeks, Perry has been touring the operations of the Department of Energy, an agency he once sought to dissolve. His Twitter feed shows him gunning it behind the wheel of a 3-D-printed car and leaving his John Hancock on supercomputers at national laboratories, praising the work of scientists and staffers at DOE.” He recently said that the job is the coolest one he’s had in his life. Not all is rosy, though, as “some lawmakers are concerned that Perry has yet to tackle the tough questions at DOE regarding the agency’s vision and its approach to climate change. Meanwhile, his counterparts from around the world will be looking to Perry for insights about the Trump administration’s approach to clean energy and other issues as he sets off next week for high-level meetings in Japan and China. The agenda includes the second Mission Innovation ministerial in Beijing, where energy officials from other countries may press him on why the United States isn’t holding up its end of the agreement calling for 20 nations to double clean energy research and development funding.” And now, he’ll also have to answer questions about the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement.

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