While Perry actually helped turn Texas into a leader in wind power generation, the name of the department he’s been tapped to head eluded the governor in a now infamous incident at a 2011 Republican presidential debate during the first of his two unsuccessful bids for president.
While hardly a surprise by now, having been leaked initially over the weekend, moments ago President-elect Donald Trump formally confirmed his plans to nominate former Texas Gov. Rick Perry as Energy secretary.
In a statement distributed by his transition team, Trump said that “As the Governor of Texas, 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. My administration is going to make sure we take advantage of our huge natural resource deposits to make America energy independent and create vast new wealth for our nation, and Rick Perry is going to do an amazing job as the leader of that process.”
President-Elect Donald Trump has chosen Rick Perry — a sitting board member of the company responsible for constructing the Dakota Access Pipeline — for Secretary of Energy.
While corporate media immediately criticized the choice as a troubling — particularly given the former governor of Texas once sought to eliminate the same department he’ll now head — Perry’s position on the board of directors of Energy Transfer Partners should not be downplayed.
Trump’s string of ‘anti’-status quo appointments continues with his selection of former Texas governor Rick Perry to lead the Energy Department, which it is worth noting he wanted to do away with in 2011.
Perry twice ran for his party’s presidential nomination, including against Trump, presenting himself as pro-business candidate.
Perry’s selection is amusingly ironic, because five years ago, Perry wanted to eliminate the Energy Department: in an infamous 2011 Republican primary debate, Perry forgot that the Energy Department was one of the three federal government agencies he wanted to do away with. The other two were the Commerce and Education Departments. According to some pundits, the gaffe may have cost him a shot at the party’s 2012 nomination.
With many of the key cabinet positions in Trump’s administration having been filled, one major post remained open: that of Energy Secretary. However according to Bloomberg, the mystery is almost over as Donald Trump has narrowed his search for energy secretary to four people.
Which is amusingly ironic, because five years ago, Perry wanted to eliminate the Energy Department: in an infamous 2011 Republican primary debate, Perry forgot that the Energy Department was one of the three federal government agencies he wanted to do away with. The other two were the Commerce and Education Departments. According to some pundits, the gaffe may have cost him a shot at the party’s 2012 nomination.
It appears Texas Governor Rick Perry has grown weary waiting on the President to dictate the next steps in the immigration debacle and taken things into his own hands. As The Monitor reports, an internal memo from another state official’s office said the governor planned to call about 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the Rio Grande Valley – at a cost of about $12 million per month. State Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa exclaimed, “all these politicians coming down to border, they don’t care about solving the problem, they just want to make a political point.” However, state officials were careful to point out that “this is not a militarization of the border.” Nope, not all…
This is one of the most interesting stories I have read regarding the precious metals market in quite some time. It appears that Texas Rep. Giovanni Capriglione has a bill in play that would move the state’s gold from New York (where its under the “safekeeping” of the ultra shady Federal Reserve) to a depository within the state of Texas itself. The reason this would be such a big deal if it happens, is because a lot of the gold bought and sold globally is very likely not actually owned by those that “buy” it. From my perspective, pretty much the only countries that actually buy gold and bring it within their borders are China, Russia and Iran. Most other nations that claim they “bought” gold, most likely hold a certificate that states they have gold in London or New York. So in other words, they have no gold. It looks like Texas is wising up. From the Star-Telegram:
Freshman Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, R-Southlake, is carrying a bill that would establish the Texas Bullion Depository, a secure state-based bank to house $1 billion worth of gold bars owned by the University of Texas Investment Management Co., or UTIMCO, and stored by the Federal Reserve.
“If you think gold is a hedge, or a protection, you always want it as close to the individual and the entity as possible,” Paul told The Texas Tribune on Thursday.” Texas is better served if it knows exactly where the gold is rather than depending on the security of the Federal Reserve.”
You’ve gotta love Ron Paul. The guy is still raising hell even after he left Congress.
1 minute 40 seconds into this clip is where Rick Perry’s presidential chances flash crash. Literally. As the attached InTrade chart shows, the Perry presidential contract imploded from a prevailing level of about 9 by 60% to 3 in the span of milliseconds, and has since dead cat bounced to about a 50% decline. Who would have thought that the vacuum tubes have now taken over presidential odds as well? As for Perry’s presidential chances, this being America, where the population gets precisely the president it deserves, we would not be at all surprised if this epic moment of self-humiliation did not just cement Perry’s election chances. In other news, ISDA has just declared all CDS written on Perry to be untriggered as his political suicide was completely voluntary.
Early morning in a nearly filled corporate ballroom at the Cobb Energy Centre, a second-tier event stadium on the outskirts of Atlanta. It’s late September, and a local conservative think tank is hosting a get-together with Rick Perry, whose front-runner comet at the time is still just slightly visible in the bottom of the sky. I’ve put away five cups of coffee trying to stay awake through a series of monotonous speeches about Georgia highway and port reform, waiting for my chance to lay eyes on the Next Big Thing in person.
By the time Perry shows up, I’m jazzed and ready for history. You always want to remember the first time you see the possible next president in person. But as every young person knows, the first time is not always a pleasant experience. Perry lumbers onstage looking exceedingly well-groomed, but also ashen and exhausted, like a funeral director with a hangover.
Here is why there is still a complete MSM blackout on Ron Paul:
“We are grateful to the Washington Post, The New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years.
It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is now more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in past centuries.”
– David Rockefeller, Bilderberg meeting 1991
Ron Paul is the one candidate those elitists are really afraid of.
Insanity prevailed in California once again today as Governor Jerry Brown signed bill AB499 allowing 12-year-old children the ability to consent to being injected with Gardasil vaccines without their parents’ knowledge; yet at the same time the Governor banned the use of tanning beds by anyone under 18 unless they received parental consent (http://www.reuters.com/article/2011…).
The Texas congressman and presidential candidate who remains in the single digits in most national polls emerged as the choice of 37 percent of those who cast ballots at the annual Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C.
“Rick Perry has been caught yet again in another lie about Gardasil. Remember, this is the governor who lied to the entire state of Texas and said it was “mandatory” that all adolescent girls received the injection. It turns out that was a complete hoax by a governor whose own senior staffer was on Merck’s payroll!” – Natural News
The more Texas Gov. Rick Perry tries to defend his decision to sign an executive order in 2007 mandating that all young girls in Texas receive vaccinations against the human papillomavirus (HPV) before being admitted to school, the more he exposes himself as a lying scoundrel that is unfit to govern his own state, let alone lead a nation.
During the recent Republican presidential debate in Orlando, Fla., Perry tried once again to defend his infamous Gardasil blunder, this time by telling the heart-tugging story of a woman he met and got to know who had cervical cancer. He told the audience and viewers Thursday night that the reason he signed the executive order was because the woman lobbied him to do so.
“I got lobbied on this issue,” said a calm and composed Perry. “I got lobbied by a 31 year old young lady who had stage-four cervical cancer. I spent a lot of time with her. She came by my office. She talked to me about this program. I readily admitted we should have had an opt-in (for the mandate) but I don’t know what part of opt out most parents don’t get. The fact is I was on the side of life and I will always be on the side of life as a governor and as president of the United States.”
Following a weekend where Rep. Ron Paul’s campaign says he was virtually ignored by the press – the campaign is out with a new TV ad that takes aim at Mitt Romney, Rick Perry and Barack Obama labeling them as “smooth talking politicians.”
The ad “The One” has a very cinematic movie trailer feel to it and flashes between images of Perry, Romney, Obama, Michele Bachmann and Nancy Pelosi, suggesting they’re all the same. Ron Paul, the ad suggests, is the only different candidate in the race; he’s never voted for a tax increase, and he would end the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“Ron Paul,” says the announcer, “the one who will stop the spending, save the dollar, create jobs, bring peace.”
It also suggests the other politicians represent rhetoric and division. It does not say how Paul, who votes against most bills on Capitol Hill, would represent a move away from division.
DES MOINES, IA – Texas Congressman Ron Paul has won the first-ever online Iowa straw poll, capturing a commanding 44% of the over 6,000 votes cast in an online poll sponsored by Iowa Congressman Tom Latham’s campaign. The results of the two-week online poll (located at: onlineiowastrawpoll.com) were announced one day before Saturday’s Ames Straw Poll, which is considered by most as the first real test of a presidential candidate’s organizational strength in Iowa.
The results of the online poll promoting Saturday’s big event for the Republican Party of Iowa were:
1st – Ron Paul with 44% of the unique online votes
2nd – Herman Cain 16%
3rd – Michele Bachmann 10%
4th – Rick Perry 8%
5th – (TIE) Tim Pawlenty and Mitt Romney 5%
7th – Sarah Palin 4%
8th – “Someone Else” 3%
9th – Rick Santorum 2%
10th – (Tie) Jon Huntsman and Newt Gingrich with 1% of the unique online votes
It should be noted that Texas Governor Rick Perry and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin are not yet officially announced candidates for the GOP nomination and will not appear as options on Saturday’s actual straw poll ballot in Ames.