Perry Wanted To Eliminate The Department Of Energy, But Couldn’t Remember What It Was Called.  In December 2016 the New York Times wrote, “In choosing him to be secretary of energy, the president-elect is elevating him to a cabinet post that Mr. Perry once said he wanted to eliminate, a proposal that led to one of the most famous gaffes in recent presidential politics.  ‘Oops,’ Mr. Perry said in 2011 as he racked his brain during a nationally televised Republican primary debate, trying to remember the three departments he wanted to dismantle. He mentioned the Commerce and Education Departments but could not recall the third: the Energy Department.”  [New York Times, 12/13/16]

The GOP Is Attempting To Recast Perry As A Scientist, Just Like The Last 3 Secretaries, Who All Had Doctorates.  In December 2016 Politico wrote, “Now the former Texas governor’s allies have to make the case that Perry has the smarts and experience to lead a sprawling, engineering- and science-laden department that oversees the security of the U.S. nuclear arsenal.  Their strategy: Rebrand Perry as a serious policymaker who led a state where energy is huge business — contrary to the sniping and ridicule pouring in from Democrats, who are likely to note that the past three energy secretaries had doctorates in physics or engineering.”  [Politico, 12/26/16]

It’s Unclear What Perry Would Do As Secretary Other Than Attempt To Close The Department.  In December 2016 Politico wrote, “One major question, though, is what Perry intends to do at DOE. And he may be charting a collision course with Congress if he acts on his past talk of bulldozing large sections of the department.  Perry vowed during his 2012 presidential campaign that he would scrap the agency, dovetailing with recent suggestions from The Heritage Foundation that large portions of it be eliminated.”  [Politico, 12/26/16]

Perry Had A Bizarre Understanding Of What Carbon Dioxide Is.  In June 2014 the Dallas Morning News wrote, “The governor was adamant that carbon dioxide is not, in fact, a pollutant. Curbing the use of coal will ‘strangle our economy,’ he asserted.  ‘Calling CO2 a pollutant is doing a disservice the country, and I believe a disservice to the world,’ he said.”  [Dallas Morning News, 06/19/14]


Perry Deregulated The Energy Industry In Texas In The Aftermath Of The Enron Scandal.  In December 2016 Politico wrote, “Perry took over the governorship in late 2000, after Bush’s White House win, when Texas was in the midst of overhauling its electricity system to create a deregulated market. For months, California’s electricity crisis amid the Enron scandal had spooked several states about following a similar path. But Perry stuck to the plan. ‘Perry definitely provided the muscle to get the market open at a time when the winds were blowing pretty hard,’ said Wood, who was soon jetting off to become Federal Energy Regulatory Commission chairman in the summer of 2001. And Perry stuck with the plan after price spikes in 2005 following hurricanes Katrina and Rita.”  [Politico, 12/26/16]

Perry Sat On The Board Of The Company Building Dakota Access Pipeline As Of December 2016.  In December 2016 CNBC reported, “Donald Trump's pick for Energy secretary, Rick Perry, sits on the board of directors of Energy Transfer Partners, the company whose Dakota Access Pipeline has been fiercely opposed by Native American tribes and their allies.”  And, “Perry joined the board of Energy Transfer Partners in February 2015 after serving as Texas governor for 14 years. Energy Transfer Partners said it selected him ‘because of his vast experience as an executive in the highest office of state government’ and his familiarity with ‘finance and budget planning processes throughout his career.’”  [CNBC, 12/13/16]

Energy Transfer Partners Largely Funded Perry’s Most Recent Presidential Campaign.  In December 2016 CNBC reported, “Dallas-based Energy Transfer's top executive and other employees also contributed millions of dollars to support the former Texas governor's short-lived 2015 bid for the White House.”  And, “Energy Transfer Partners Chairman and CEO Kelcy Warren donated $5 million to Opportunity and Freedom, a political action committee that backed Perry's candidacy, according to a Federal Election Commission filing. The PAC reimbursed Warren for $3.99 million of that amount in September 2015, shortly after Perry dropped out of the race, records show.  For the 2016 election, Energy Transfer Partners employees donated a total of $1,518,500 to Perry's campaign and outside groups supporting him, according to a list compiled by Open Secrets.”  [CNBC, 12/13/16]

Perry Served On The Boards Of Multiple Energy Companies Linked To A Texas Billionaire.  In December 2016 the Associated Press reported, “Perry led Texas for more than 14 years, but mere weeks after he left office he began serving on the corporate boards of two energy firms linked to Texas billionaire and GOP mega-donor Kelcy Warren. One company, Energy Transfer Partners, is attempting to build the Dakota Access Pipeline, a $3.8 billion project carrying oil from North Dakota to Illinois that has sparked protests garnering national attention. The other, Sunoco Logistics Partners, recently announced plans to acquire Energy Transfer Partners in a $21.3 billion deal.”  [Associated Press, 12/14/16]

Perry Was Accused Of Using The Governor’s Office For “Crony Capitalism.”  In December 2016 the Associated Press reported, “Perry oversaw two state funds meant to encourage job-creating investment in Texas or to lure top employers to the state. But critics accused him of "crony capitalism" after outside auditors condemned both for rewarding firms Perry had business or political ties to — some of which got funding with little transparency or scant evidence they'd actually create jobs.”  [Associated Press, 12/14/16]

Perry Allegedly Mandated HPV Vaccines To Reward A Campaign Donors.  In December 2016 the Associated Press reported, “In 2007, a Perry executive order mandated HPV vaccines for sixth-grade girls statewide, sparking such outcry that the governor was overruled by Texas' Republican-controlled Legislature. Perry said his move was to prevent the spread of a sexually transmitted disease that causes cervical cancer — but the vaccine maker, Merck, was a past Perry donor and employed one of his former aides as a lobbyist.”  [Associated Press, 12/14/16]

Perry Allowed A Dump Owned By A Campaign Donor To Accept Radioactive Waste.  In December 2016 the Associated Press reported, “A remote West Texas waste dump site began in 2013 accepting low-level radioactive waste from Texas and other states. The 1,380-acre facility belongs to Waste Control Specialists, then owned by Harold Simmons, a billionaire who was a top donor to Perry and Republicans nationwide but who has since died.  The company has applied to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to begin taking higher level nuclear waste in West Texas as a stopgap measure since a plan for a permanent repository at Nevada's Yucca Mountain hasn't been federally approved. The Energy Department sets policy for nuclear materials' storage and handling, meaning Perry may make major decisions in an area he's already very familiar with.”  [Associated Press, 12/14/16]

Perry Was Indicted For Abuse Of His Office And Coercion In 2014.  In December 2016 the Associated Press reported, “Two years ago, Perry was indicted by a grand jury in Austin on coercion and abuse of power charges stemming from his publicly threatening — then executing — a veto of funding for state public corruption prosecutors. The move came after the investigative unit's Democratic director rebuffed Perry's calls to resign following her drunken driving conviction.  Perry dismissed the case as politically motivated, and the coercion charge was tossed on appeal before Texas' highest criminal court voided the abuse of power charge in February. Still, Perry said it hurt his second White House run in 2015, which lasted barely three months.”  [Associated Press, 12/14/16]

Perry Received Over $100K In Campaign Donations From A Company The State Paid To Relocate Jobs To Texas.  In August 2011 the New York Times wrote, “Two years ago, John McHale, an entrepreneur from Austin, Tex., who has given millions of dollars to Democratic candidates and causes, did something very unusual for him: he wrote a $50,000 check to a Republican candidate, Rick Perry, then seeking a third full term as governor of Texas. In September 2010, he did it again, catapulting himself into the top ranks of Mr. Perry’s donors.”  And, “In May 2010 an economic development fund administered by the governor’s office handed $3 million to G-Con, a pharmaceutical start-up that Mr. McHale helped get off the ground. At least two other executives with connections to the firm had also given Mr. Perry tens of thousands of dollars.”  [New York Times, 08/20/11]

Perry Has Awarded State Grants And Other Funds To Hundreds Of Campaign Donors.  In August 2011 the New York Times wrote, “Over three terms in office, Mr. Perry’s administration has doled out grants, tax breaks, contracts and appointments to hundreds of his most generous supporters and their businesses.”  [New York Times, 08/20/11]

Perry Had Raised Over $17 Million In Campaign Cash From Over 900 Of His Appointees By August 2011.  In August 2011 the New York Times wrote, “And Mr. Perry has been much more aggressive than any past governor in soliciting money from them. According to a study last year by Texans for Public Justice, a watchdog organization, Mr. Perry has raised at least $17 million from more than 900 appointees or their spouses, roughly one dollar out of every five that he has raised as governor.”  [New York Times, 08/20/11]


Perry Called The Scientific Consensus On Climate Change A “Phony Mess.”  In December 2016 the New York Times wrote, “In his 2010 book, ‘Fed Up! Our Fight to Save America From Washington,’ Mr. Perry called the established science of human-caused climate change a ‘contrived, phony mess.’ His views align with those of Mr. Trump, who has called climate change a hoax perpetuated by the Chinese.”  [New York Times, 12/13/16]

Perry Suggested That The Tiny Minority Of Scientists That Question Climate Change Were Being Persecuted Like Galileo.  In December 2016 the Washington Post wrote, “The former governor has repeatedly questioned scientific findings that human activity is helping drive climate change. In 2011 during a presidential debate, he compared the minority of scientists who challenged this assumption to 17th-century astronomer Galileo, who was persecuted by the Catholic Church after suggesting that the Earth revolved around the Sun, rather than the reverse.”  [Washington Post, 12/14/16]

Perry Said We Were Risking Economic Security By Science That Is “Not Settled.”  In December 2016 the Washington Post wrote, “’The science is not settled on this. The idea that we would put Americans’ economy at jeopardy based on scientific theory that’s not settled yet to me is just nonsense,’ Perry said at the time. ‘Just because you have a group of scientists who stood up and said here is the fact. Galileo got outvoted for a spell.’”  [Washington Post, 12/14/16]

Perry Said Al Gore Was “A False Prophet Of A Secular Carbon Cult” For His Environmentalism.  In December 2016 the Washington Post wrote, “’Al Gore is a prophet all right, a false prophet of a secular carbon cult, and now even moderate Democrats aren’t buying it,’ he added, referring to the former vice president and environmentalist. Gore met with Trump recently to discuss climate change.”  [Washington Post, 12/14/16]

Perry Suggested That Data Pointing To Climate Change Was Faked By Scientists.  In December 2016 the Washington Post wrote, “Later, during the 2012 presidential campaign, Perry said, ‘There are a substantial number of scientists who have manipulated data so that they will have dollars rolling into their projects.’”  [Washington Post, 12/14/16]

Perry Said Scientists Faked Climate Data To Receive Research Money.  In August 2011 CBS News reported, “Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry said Wednesday morning that he does not believe in global warming science and suggested it is grounded in scientists manipulating data for financial gain.  The Texas governor was appearing at a New Hampshire breakfast event with business leaders Wednesday morning when he said ‘there are a substantial number of scientists who have manipulated data so that they will have dollars rolling into their projects.’”  [CBS News, 08/17/11]

Perry Made A Completely Baseless Claim That Scientists Are Beginning To Reject Theories Of Climate Change.  In August 2011 CBS News reported, “Perry said scientists are coming forward almost daily to question ‘the original idea that man-made global warming is what is causing the climate to change.’ He said the climate is changing but that it has been changing ‘ever since the earth was formed.’”  [CBS News, 08/17/11]

Perry Said Efforts To Fight Climate Change Were Wasting Billions On A Scientific Theory.  In August 2011 CBS News reported, “Perry added that ‘the issue of global warming has been politicized,’ and argued that America should not spend billions of dollars addressing ‘a scientific theory that has not been proven, and from my perspective is more and more being put into question.’”  [CBS News, 08/17/11]

Perry Had A Bizarre Understanding Of What Carbon Dioxide Is.  In June 2014 the Dallas Morning News wrote, “The governor was adamant that carbon dioxide is not, in fact, a pollutant. Curbing the use of coal will ‘strangle our economy,’ he asserted.  ‘Calling CO2 a pollutant is doing a disservice the country, and I believe a disservice to the world,’ he said.”  [Dallas Morning News, 06/19/14]