Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry leaves after a meeting with US President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower Dec. 12, 2016 in New York. / AFP / KENA BETANCUR
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The choice, confirmed late Monday by the official, adds to the list of oil drilling advocates skeptical about climate change who have been picked for senior positions in Trump's Cabinet.Perry, who also briefly ran in the 2016 presidential race, would have to be confirmed by the Senate to head the Energy Department, which is responsible for U.S. energy policy and oversees the nation's nuclear weapons program.Once Trump secured the nomination, Perry endorsed him as "the people's choice".If Perry gets the job, it would be further indication that the incoming Trump administration may be friendly toward the fossil fuel industry.
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