Energy Secretary Perry Means a Backward Looking Energy Policy

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Washington, DC - Today it was reported that President-elect Trump will nominate former Texas Governor Rick Perry as Energy Secretary. Clean Water Action President and CEO Bob Wendelgass released the following statement.

"This nomination is another swing and a miss when it comes to our energy future. Governor Perry  is going to lead a department he once said that he would eliminate. He has spent a career ignoring the impacts of the fossil fuel industry on our public health and the climate and is currently on the board of Energy Transfer partners, the firm constructing the Dakota Access Pipeline. He questions the consensus of human-caused climate change and has claimed scientists have manipulated data for personal gain. Governor Perry is an irresponsible choice to lead the Department of Energy.

"The US has a chance to be the clean energy leader of the world, with our rapidly growing solar and wind industries, but this nomination signals the incoming administration intends to look to the past, not lead the future." 

Clean Water Action Texas Director David Foster added, "As governor, Perry tried to rig the state's permitting process to fast-track more than a dozen new coal plants back in 2007. He has a long record of putting the interests of polluting industries who have funded his campaigns above the health and safety of ordinary people. It's hard to imagine a worse choice to head the US Dept of Energy."

We know that Rick Perry has seen in Texas what solar and wind energy can do - both for the environment and for consumers - and we urge him to not ignore that experience if he is confirmed as Energy Secretary.


Since our founding during the campaign to pass the landmark Clean Water Act in 1972, Clean Water Action has worked to win strong health and environmental protections by bringing issue expertise, solution-oriented thinking and people power to the table. We will protect clean water in the face of attacks from a polluter friendly Administration and Congress.

Michael Kelly