Rick Perry


Energy Storage Means Energy Security—but Trump’s Budget Gives It the Axe

, director of gov't affairs, Climate & Energy

As a Texan, it pains me to see my former governor, a man who ran the state pragmatically and competently for 14 years, squirm and strain to communicate why it’s good for our country to cut the national labs and reduce our commitment to federally funded scientific and technological innovation. Read more >

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Some Tough Questions for Rick Perry at DOE Budget Hearing

, director of gov't affairs, Climate & Energy

A look into the Trump administration’s proposed budget for the Department of Energy reveals a war on renewable energy, cuts to our national labs, and reduced capacity for federal R&D, science, and innovation. Read more >

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Energy Secretary Rick Perry should affirm that the government is in the business of uncovering the truth, not covering it up. Photo: Wikimedia

8 Simple Words Energy Secretary Rick Perry Can Say Right Now to Reaffirm that Scientists Won’t Be Muzzled

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

Late Tuesday afternoon, Politico reported that some managers at the Department of Energy (DOE) orally instructed employees in the department’s Office of International Climate and Clean Energy not to use phrases such as “climate change” or “emissions reduction” in official communications. The department denied that any words or phrases had been banned. In the current political context, there are steps the administration should take to clear up the confusion that these allegations create. Read more >

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Resist this: The Trump Administration’s Control+Alt+Delete Strategy on Climate Change

, Senior analyst, Climate & Energy

The first days of the Trump Administration have caught many of us by surprise with the volume of contestable statements, controversial orders, and provocative media appearances. Amidst this, the administration’s attacks on science are now fully underway.

At least, though, we’re clearer now what their climate change strategy is going to be, and can more effectively organize to fight it. Read more >

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3 Reasons Why Federal Energy R&D is a Wise Investment

, senior energy analyst

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry will head into confirmation hearings in the next few days to become the next Secretary of the Department of Energy (DOE). A colleague of mine penned a great piece about what we might expect from Perry as head of the DOE. One key thing to highlight is that the DOE is responsible for investments in research and development (R&D), particularly related to energy. In an era where Congress is looking to trim federal spending, they should keep in mind that investments in energy R&D are a wise and proper use of limited federal government resources. Here’s why. Read more >

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