first_imgWASHINGTON — Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry holds the Department of Energy in such low regard that he famously couldn’t even remember it was on his list of federal agencies to eliminate altogether.Now Donald Trump has chosen Perry to run it, according to multiple news reports.In Perry, Trump would have another oil industry ally and climate skeptic in an administration that is shaping up to be dominated by them. And like other Trump picks for Cabinet posts, Perry is deeply skeptical of the department he would lead.It was Perry’s disdain for the Energy Department — or, rather, his inability to articulate it — that helped sink his bid for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012. “It’s three agencies of government, when I get there, that are gone: Commerce, Education and, the, uh, what’s the third one there?” Perry said during a primary season debate. “Commerce, Education and the uh, the uh … ”He continued. “The third agency of government I would do away with — the Education, uh, the, uh, Commerce, and let’s see — I can’t . the third one, I can’t. I’m sorry … oops.”It was one of the more awkward moments in the history of presidential politics. Later in the debate, Perry finally remembered the agency he was reaching for was Energy.last_img

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