There are a lot of reasons why people are upset – and rightfully so – that President-elect Donald Trump has chosen former Texas Governor Rick Perry as the next energy secretary.
For starters, Perry is a climate change-skeptic, oil-drilling advocate. Also, he is about to lead a department he infamously wanted to abolish and couldn’t even name during a 2011 presidential debate.
However, what’s equally unsettling is how he will succeed Ernest Moniz, a nuclear physicist.
“Prior to his appointment, Dr. Moniz was the Cecil and Ida Green Professor of Physics and Engineering Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he was a faculty member since 1973,” states Energy.gov. “At MIT, he headed the Department of Physics and the Bates Linear Accelerator Center. Most recently, Dr. Moniz served as the founding Director of the MIT Energy Initiative and as Director of the MIT Laboratory for Energy and the Environment where he was a leader of multidisciplinary technology and policy studies on the future of nuclear power, coal, nuclear fuel cycles, natural gas and solar energy in a low-carbon world.”
Dr. Moniz received a Bachelor of Science degree summa cum laude in Physics from Boston College and a Doctorate in Theoretical Physics from Stanford University.
In stark contrast to his predecessor, Perry brings in a different set of credentials to the energy department. He holds a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Texas A&M. And although his state became the No. 1 producer of both natural gas and wind energy in the country while he was governor, there are doubts how that experience would help him lead a department that’s primarily concerned with nuclear arsenal.
Perry’s most recent, notable job was his appearance in “Dancing With The Stars” as a contestant. He was eliminated early though from the competition.
And this man’s most likely to oversee the design, testing and production of all nuclear weapons.