Trump Makes Cabinet Picks, Energy Looks Promising

trumpphoto1President-elect Donald Trump has chosen his nominees for the departments of energy, state and head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), but they must first be approved by the senate. Trump nominated former Texas Gov. Rick Perry for Secretary of Energy, ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, and Oklahoma Attorney General E. Scott Pruitt as EPA director.

Trump has made it clear that he will revitalize America’s economy. Any plan to do so will greatly benefit from abundant and affordable energy. As his words and deeds show, Rick Perry intends to accomplish that mission. Perry benefited politically from the rise of the shale revolution and touted his record of job creation in the second-most-populous state adding tens of thousands of jobs.

Perry is on the board of directors for Energy Transfer Partners, the company building the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota. He actually also ran for the 2016 presidential nomination against Trump but dropped out in September 2015 after gaining little traction. Perry initially was a fierce critic of Trump but later endorsed Trump and called him “the people’s choice.”

As CEO of ExxonMobil, Tillerson has guided one of the largest companies in the world in more than 50 countries and has pushed for foreign countries to approve new drilling projects that would increase global supply to push down global prices.

Trump’s choice for the Environmental Protection Agency is Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, an ardent opponent of President Barack Obama’s measures to curb climate change who has sued the EPA to block in a bid to undo a key regulation to curb greenhouse gas emissions, mainly from coal-fired power plants.

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