In 2011 Rick Perry couldn’t remember Energy Department’s name — now he’ll head it

Editor’s note: You can’t make this stuff up!

“It turns out former Texas governor Rick Perry, whom I once called ‘another in a growing collection of Republican banditti,’ is about to inherit the department whose name he once could not remember, the Department of Energy,” as writes.

“Yes, that’s right. Trump met with Perry yesterday at Trump Tower and it is unknown if it was Perry’s utter lack of intellect, his propensity to corruption, or his lying tongue that attracted Trump to him. Or all three.

“Bottom line: the selection should come as no surprise as those are a trifecta of the qualities Trump looks for in cabinet level appointees. In a word, Perry’s got it all.

“In 2011, during a presidential debate, Perry, never the brightest bulb on the tree of conservatism, was trying to name the three federal departments he would eliminate if he were elected. He managed to get out ‘energy’ and ‘commerce’ but could not remember what the Department of Energy was called:

“The third agency of government I would — I would do away with Education, the –Commerce…Commerce and, let’s see. I can’t. The third one, I can’t. Sorry — oops.”

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Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

16 thoughts on “In 2011 Rick Perry couldn’t remember Energy Department’s name — now he’ll head it”

      1. He would follow President Obama’s two energy secretaries: first, Steven Chu, a Nobel laureate physicist, and then Ernest J. Moniz, a distinguished nuclear physicist from M.I.T.
        There is a reason to appoint scientists to this position-

    1. Jeff I know that we must bow before the wisdom of the NY Times, but I would ask one simple question: What has the Department of Energy done except to raise the price of energy for the average American who can hardly afford it these days?

  1. No one raises the price of energy except the energy companies, and speculators on the stock market.. When President Obama took office in January 2009, the weekly retail price for the whole country was about $1.90 a gallon. But it should be noted that throughout Mr. Obama’s time in office, those prices have fluctuated. The current price is about $1.98-$2.05 per gallon. That translates to about $2.25 in California. Yesterdays Arco price was $2.19 in Grass Valley. However, the same fluctuations occurred under President Bush — at one point, gasoline had risen to $4 a gallon. While partisans on both sides like to make this a political issue, the truth is that many factors influence gas prices, and most of these factors are entirely beyond the person in the White House.
    If you still think the president controls gasoline prices, talk to your broker. Or talk to your new Secretary of State, CEO of an energy company, and ask him.

    1. Not to mention federal energy policy re: oil and gas are only one small part of what the Department of Energy does. They also oversee nuclear power and waste storage, power grids, extensive hydro assets, core scientific research, research and development, and have responsibility for the design testing and production of nuclear weapons. The idea that Perry is qualified to oversee that work is laughable.

  2. It’s just Trump’s usual plan to put the right person in charge that will destroy the agency or department that he wants to prove doesn’t work. GOP…prove the government doesn’t work by actively undermining and destroying it. Grover Norquist: “I don’t want to abolish government. I simply want to reduce it to the size where I can drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub.”

  3. There might be some interesting Senate confirmation hearings coming up. And of course, thin skinned Trump will probably be taking to his Twitter account more than ever, tweeting out how unfair the questioning is if committee members start asking tough questions to his nominees. Business world people turned politician, I think Mr Trump is going to wake a lot of people up to the fact that what sounds good in theory, is an illusion that often times doesn’t work out so well.

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