Oregon Senator Ron Wyden fears the nomination of Texas Governor Rick Perry as President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the U.S. Department of Energy.
Wyden said Gov. Rick Perry campaigned on a promise to eliminate the department he is now being nominated to run. He said “I will be asking Gov. Perry how he plans to continue fulfilling the Energy Department’s crucial role in creating good-paying energy jobs – which include clean, renewable energy jobs – and how he will continue to pursue all types of energy production and development”.
Perry says “I will also be asking him about how he plans to address the dangerous and decades-long challenge of cleaning up toxic nuclear waste at the Hanford Reservation Site while meeting the department’s obligations to protect its workers and the citizens of the Pacific Northwest.
Wyden is the former chair of and a senior Democrat on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, where the Energy Secretary nomination hearing will be held.
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