As if there were not already enough reasons to be upset over’s Rick Perry’s appointment as the next secretary of energy, it has emerged that he didn’t even know what the job entailed when he accepted it.
The New York Times reports when President-elect Donald Trump tapped the former Texas governor to head the Energy Department, he thought he would be tasked with managing the U.S. oil and gas industry.
He was colossally wrong, of course, because the Department of Energy’s main task is to deal with nuclear weapons and nuclear security. Even if Perry didn’t know this, he could’ve easily learnt his new job description by visiting Energy.gov’s “About Us” section. It reads:
“The mission of the Energy Department is to ensure America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions.”
"In the days after, Mr. Perry, the former Texas governor, discovered that he would be no such thing — that in fact, if confirmed by the Senate, he would become the steward of a vast national security complex he knew almost nothing about, caring for the most fearsome weapons on the planet, the United States’ nuclear arsenal" the Times continued.
“If you asked him on that first day he said yes, he would have said, ‘I want to be an advocate for energy,’” said a Republican energy lobbyist who also advised Perry's 2016 presidential campaign. “If you asked him now, he’d say, ‘I’m serious about the challenges facing the nuclear complex.’ It’s been a learning curve.”
So, keeping the latest report in mind, here’s the situation in a nutshell:
Rick Perry wanted to abolish the Energy Department and couldn’t even name it during an infamous 2011 presidential debate. He didn’t even know what the Energy Department does.
Rick Perry's first day at the office. pic.twitter.com/gAiMpR9xv4— Adam Smith (@asmith83) January 19, 2017
I actually don't care that Rick Perry was on Dancing With The Stars. Dancing is fun, fine, great. I care that he has no idea what he's doing— Summer Brennan (@summerbrennan) January 19, 2017
We're going from:— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) January 19, 2017
Dr. Samuel Bodman: Chemical engineer.
Dr. Steven Chu: Nobel Prize in Physics.
Rick Perry: Forgot the DoE existed.
I bet if you called it an energy bar you could get Rick Perry to eat an entire dog treat.— Josh Gondelman (@joshgondelman) January 19, 2017
And the future of America’s nuclear security will depend on him.
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow expressed the collective fear of Americans over Perry’s impending appointment as the next secretary of energy on her show recently. It’s spot-on: