Rick Perry Regrets Once Wanting to Eliminate — Oops — the Energy Department He's Poised to Lead

WASHINGTON - This time, Rick Perry means it: Oops.Five years after the former Texas governor memorably forgot in a presidential debate that the U.S. Energy Department was an agency he wanted to eliminate -- punctuating the error with that single, deflated word - he now regrets ever having the department on the chopping block.One big difference these days: Perry is Donald Trump's choice to run that agency over nukes, national labs and other critical inventory."My past statements made over five years ago about abolishing the Department of Energy do not reflect my current thinking," Perry will say on Thursday. "In fact, after being briefed on so many of the vital functions of the Department of Energy, I regret recommending its elimination."  Continue reading...

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