Our nation’s Secretary of Energy should be an inspiration to all students. Even if you fail chemistry, don’t dismiss pursuing the position of Secretary of Energy, the nation’s top scientist. Not only has Rick Perry proven time and again, that he can’t even spell the word ‘science’, let alone get a passing grade in science, let alone list the Department of Energy while in a presidential debate, he now heads the department that builds and maintains nuclear weapons. If you haven’t done so yet, grab your daughter and race down to that bomb shelter in your yard.
For argument’s sake, lets imagine that Trump is in Putin’s pocket. Although Trump repeatedly denies this, the FBI as well as 16 other intelligence agencies have confirmed this. In this bleak scenario, all of the president’s decision would come from Putin. Considering how much Putin must love our country, Putin’s picks to head the various governmental agencies would be very unqualified.
In fact, Rick Perry said this at his confirmation hearing,
“My past statements made over five years ago about abolishing the Department of Energy do not reflect my current thinking. In fact, after being briefed on so many of the vital functions of the Department of Energy, I regret recommending its elimination.” WashingtonPost article
Rick Perry is another Trump nominee chosen to head an agency that they had spent their careers trying to dismantle. If you were advising the president of a country that you wanted to destroy, you would suggest nominating those that oppose their agency. Consequently, when in power these nominees will serve to dismantle their own agencies, as opposed to strengthening them. Putin’s objective will be to strike only when all of our government agencies are in shambles, and as a nation, we are weak.
Our previous president, Barack Obama’s first Secretary of Energy was Nobel prize winning physicist Steven Chu. His second Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz, is a nuclear physicist, TheNewCivilRightsMovement article. Now our nation’s energy department is being led by someone who failed science in college. WOW!
To make this story even more depressing, Perry didn’t even understand what the role of Energy secretary meant. The NYTimes reported that Perry was “believing he was taking on a role as a global ambassador for the American oil and gas industry that he had long championed in his home state.”
“In the days after, Mr. Perry, the former Texas governor, discovered that he would be no such thing — that in fact, if confirmed by the Senate, he would become the steward of a vast national security complex he knew almost nothing about, caring for the most fearsome weapons on the planet, the United States’ nuclear arsenal” the Times continued. NYTimes
What does this department do anyway? I’m sure your idea is better than the person who is now in control of it. Most of the Department of Energy’s $30 billion budget is responsible for developing and keeping the nation’s nuclear stockpile safe, as well as maintaining and rebuilding nuclear production facilities. The Department of Energy is also responsible for overseeing our nation’s labs. NYTimes
Rick Perry, did not know what the Department of Energy did. Being a Texas republican, he did understand the importance of money. By getting rid of some useless agencies, he would be able to redirect that money to afford tax breaks. That was why he wants to get rid of the Department of Energy so badly.