LCV Statement on Rick Perry’s Senate Confirmation Hearing for Secretary of Energy

Jan 18, 2017

Washington, D.C.—In anticipation of today’s Senate hearing on Rick Perry’s nomination for Secretary of Energy, LCV President Gene Karpinski issued the following statement:

“This is yet another nominee who embodies President-elect Trump’s rigged cabinet. Former Governor Rick Perry is clearly unfit to run the Department of Energy as he is an adamant climate change denier who eagerly supports dangerous drilling on our precious public lands and off our shores. Throughout Perry’s career, he has attacked our bedrock environmental laws while receiving contributions from the very same fossil fuel interests that benefit from overturning environmental and public health protections. In 2011, he infamously forgot that he wanted to eliminate the exact department he is now hoping to run.  We urge senators to vigorously challenge his record of putting polluter profits over our clean energy future.”