Trump's energy pick Perry likely a boost for oil, worry for environmentalists

Former Texas Governor Perry is greeted as he exits following a meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New YorkU.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday formally named former Texas governor Rick Perry to lead the Department of Energy, adding to the list of oil-drilling advocates skeptical about climate change filling out his Cabinet selections. The choice of Perry, first disclosed on Monday, is likely to further worry environmentalists concerned about the incoming Trump administration’s impact on the climate, while an eager energy industry ready for expansion welcomes the selection. “Rick Perry created … a business climate that produced millions of new jobs and lower energy prices in his state, and he will bring that same approach to our entire country as secretary of energy,” Trump said in the statement.

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