Tuesday, December 13, 2016

What did Donald Trump do today?

He asked Rick Perry to become the head of the Department of Energy, which Perry believes should be eliminated.

During the 2012 presidential campaign, the Department of Energy was one of three government agencies that Perry said "needs to be done away with."

Although Perry is the former governor of an oil-producing state, the DoE's main focus is on nuclear issues--regulating nuclear plants, funding reactor technology, and securing waste. It also oversees research and development of new energy technologies, particularly renewable energy. The last two Energy Secretaries have been nuclear physicists, one of whom is a Nobel winner.

How is this a problem?

  • Cabinet secretaries should probably be people who think their job should exist in the first place.