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PostPosted: Apr 03, 2018 11:37 am 
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How Rick Perry survives in Trump's troubled Cabinet

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But observers have been impressed by the selection of his staff and his earnest efforts to understand the expansive network of DOE responsibilities. And they say he's been focused in understanding the work of the agency, trekking to the nation's national labs while vocally pushing the Trump administration's policy of achieving U.S. "energy dominance."


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PostPosted: Aug 17, 2018 8:53 am 
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In Trump's Washington, Rick Perry lays low

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Perry, more than 18 months into his tenure as energy secretary, has maintained that rarest of things in Washington these days, a low-key, under the radar persona, happy to play the role of likeable sidekick to President Donald Trump. As he promotes Trump’s policies on controversial issues such as reviving the coal and nuclear sectors and trade tariffs, he has managed to do so in a manner that avoids the uproar that regularly engulfs the president and his advisers.


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Former Bush Energy Secretary Sam Bodman dies

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Former Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman, who served under former President George W. Bush, has died at the age of 79. Bush issued a statement Friday mourning the death of Bodman, who served in several roles during his administration before leading the Energy Department in Bush's second term, from 2005 to 2009. "Sam had a brilliant mind, and we are fortunate that he put his intellect to work for our country as secretary of energy," Bush said in a statement reported by The Associated Press. Before serving as energy chief, Bodman served in the Commerce and Treasury departments. A trained chemical engineer, he also previously served as CEO of Cabot Corporation, a Boston-based chemical company. Energy Secretary Rick Perry praised Bodman in a statement Friday, noting the late secretary's "impact" on the department. "I am saddened to learn of the passing of former Secretary of Energy Sam Bodman. Sam was a real life success story with an impressive career in the private sector before turning his attention to public service, serving in senior appointments across the government," the former Texas governor said. "His legacy and impact will continue to be felt, long after the years he served in the Forrestal Building," Perry added.


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PostPosted: Oct 01, 2018 1:52 am 
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Michael Lewis: The Big Short author on how Trump is gambling with nuclear disaster

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Lewis was contemplating the nation’s dire risk portfolio when Trump tapped the former Texas governor Rick Perry to be secretary of the Department of Energy. Five years earlier, Perry had said in a presidential debate that he wanted to eliminate that cabinet-level department. At least, he had tried to say it: in a moment that helped sweep his ruinous candidacy into oblivion, Perry forgot the department’s name.

“It’s bad enough Rick Perry has no sense of this,” Lewis thought after hearing of his appointment. But he had to acknowledge he didn’t know anything about the department either. So he decided to find out. “It took about two phone calls before I learned, ‘Oh, that’s where the nuclear weapons are. Oh my God.’”


It's the Grauniad so....consider the source.


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PostPosted: Oct 03, 2018 11:32 pm 
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President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Personnel to Key Administration Posts

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President Donald J. Trump today announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key positions in his Administration:

Rita Baranwal of Pennsylvania, to be an Assistant Secretary of Energy (Nuclear Energy) at the Department of Energy. Dr. Baranwal currently serves as the Director of the Gateway for Accelerated Innovation in Nuclear (GAIN) initiative at the U.S. Department of Energy. Previously, she served as Director of Technology Development & Application at Westinghouse and was a manager in Materials Technology at Bechtel Bettis, Inc., where she led Research and Development in nuclear fuel materials for U.S. naval reactors. Dr. Baranwal earned her B.A. in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. She serves on Advisory Boards for MIT’s Materials Research Laboratory and UC Berkeley’s Nuclear Engineering Department.


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PostPosted: Oct 10, 2018 10:31 am 
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US Energy Secretary: 'Don't Mess With the United States'

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As for the weapons program, he said Sandia and Los Alamos National Laboratory in northern New Mexico will continue to play significant roles. The federal government announced earlier this year that Los Alamos — the once-secret city where the atomic bomb was developed decades ago as part of the Manhattan Project — would share in the production of the plutonium cores that trigger nuclear warheads. The other location is the Savannah River Site in South Carolina.


A good time to remember that the US actually spends more on nuclear weapons right now---inflation adjusted---than it did during the Manhattan Project.


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