Rick Perry would have difficulty honoring past vow to scrap Energy Department

Rick Perry would have difficulty honoring past vow to scrap Energy DepartmentThe iconic moment of former Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s ill-fated 2012 presidential run came when he struggled during a debate to rattle off the names of three federal agencies he had vowed to eliminate — uttering an infamously painful “oops” instead of naming the Department of Energy. In an ironic twist, President-elect Donald Trump announced on Wednesday that Perry was his pick to lead that very agency, which handles energy research and policy as well as the nation’s nuclear weapons program. Significant reform of federal agencies is difficult and has few precedents.

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