"I am committed to working with you in prioritizing what is one of the most unsafe, polluted sites we have in the country", Perry told Cantwell, the ranking Democrat on the Energy and Natural Resources committee.
This is the department Perry famously couldn't remember during a 2011 presidential debate when listing the areas of government he would eliminate if elected. When the Trump transition team asked the Department of Energy to list the names of every one of its employees who had attended climate change summits, as well as emails and other documents, some believed it had set in motion an intentional effort to gut the agency of climate scientists.
Perry, who comes from a political background rather than a strong scientific or policy one like his most recent predecessors, will also be charged with managing the nation's nuclear arsenal.
The New York Times reports when President-elect Donald Trump tapped the former Texas governor to head the Energy Department, he thought he would be tasked with managing the US oil and gas industry. I believe some of it is naturally occurring, but some of it is caused by manmade activity.
Perry even commented on climate change, saying he believes the "climate is changing" but advocated for finding solutions that don't impact the affordability of energy or result in fewer jobs.
Perry's confirmation hearing before the Senate Energy Committee is Thursday, and he can expect some tough questions to test his quick education.
The current secretary of energy, Ernest J. Moniz, chaired M.I.T's physics department and the guy before him, Steven Chu, is a Nobel Prize-winning physicist. "I don't want that information".
Perry promised King he would defend the DOE and told Sen. "Now the energy lobbyist says the Times misinterpreted his quote, while the story's detractors say that past Perry statements and actions as governor prove that he knew about Energy's role with nuclear weapons". Joe Manchin, said his past desire to eliminate the Energy Department does "not reflect my current thinking". Supporters say Perry's nomination is a big deal for Texas.
Perry has since claimed that it wasn't the Department of Energy that he couldn't recall.
Testifying before the committee overseeing his confirmation as USA energy secretary, former Texas Gov. After a week to 10 days of further research, Perry realized nuclear would be a higher priority, McKenna said.
MSNBC's Rachel Maddow expressed the collective fear of Americans over Perry's impending appointment as the next secretary of energy on her show recently. "I have spoken several times to Secretary [Earnest] Moniz and his predecessors". Al Franken, D-Minn., that he enjoyed meeting him at Franken's Senate office, adding: "I hope you are as much fun on the dais as you were on the couch".