Next US Energy Secretary ‘denies climate change’

Donald Trump has picked the former Governor of Texas to be the next US Energy Secretary. Pending the approval of the Senate, climate change denier Rick Perry will lead the Department of Energy (DoE), adding to the list […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

Donald Trump has picked the former Governor of Texas to be the next US Energy Secretary.

Pending the approval of the Senate, climate change denier Rick Perry will lead the Department of Energy (DoE), adding to the list of oil-advocates Mr Trump plans to bring into the White House.

The move will please the fossil fuel industry, which is keen for further expansion. However, it is likely to worry environmentalists, who along with the majority of scientists, believe burning coal, gas and oil is releasing dangerous levels of Carbon Dioxide into the atmosphere and damaging the climate.

Mr Perry previously pledged to scrap the DoE during his failed presidential campaign in 2012.

The department is responsible for US energy policy as well as the country’s nuclear weapons programme. Mr Perry has previously called for a less regulated fossil fuel industry and has said the science around climate change has yet to be proven.

He is on the board of directors for Energy Transfer Partners, the company that hoped to build the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota.

Mr Trump named Rex Tillerson, the CEO of ExxonMobil, as his Secretary of State earlier this week and has also picked Scott Pruitt as the leader of the Environmental Protection Agency.