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The U.S. power grid could become less reliable if too much electricity comes from renewable energy and natural gas, according to a study from the Department of Energy.

But not everyone is buying it. Environmentalists suspect the Trump administration is just trying to prop up an ailing coal industry.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry called for the study in the spring. The report doesn't say there is a grid reliability problem now — only that one could develop if more coal and nuclear power plants shut down.

During Texas Visit, Rick Perry Touts Houston-Area Carbon Capture System

Apr 13, 2017
Spike Johnson for The Texas Tribune

THOMPSONS — In his first public appearance in Texas since being sworn in as U.S. energy secretary, former Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday heaped praise on a new, first-of-its-kind energy project that captures climate-altering emissions from the state’s largest coal plant and uses them to boost production in a flagging oilfield.  

In Shake Up, Rick Perry Moves Into Trump's National Security Inner Circle

Apr 5, 2017
Carlos Barria / Reuters

WASHINGTON -  A new memorandum Wednesday revealed that U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry will be added to President Donald Trump's National Security Council, the chief executive's main advisory group on intelligence and defense matters.   

Former Gov. Perry Questions Legitimacy Of Texas A&M Student Body Election

Mar 22, 2017
Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

Former Gov. Rick Perry, now the U.S. energy secretary, is questioning the legitimacy of the election that gave his alma mater its first openly gay student body president

David Bowser / Texas Tribune

Texas is trying to take the federal government to task for failing to find a permanent disposal site for thousands of metric tons of radioactive waste piling up at nuclear reactor sites across the country.

U.S. Senate Confirms Rick Perry As Trump's Energy Secretary

Mar 2, 2017
Carlos Barria / Reuters

The U.S. Senate approved the confirmation of Rick Perry as the next secretary of the Department of Energy on Thursday. The vote was 62-37, and included the support of both Texans in the chamber, U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz

Texas Scientists Worry About Research Funding Under Trump

Feb 2, 2017
Texas Tribune

Late one night last month, Rice University climate researcher Daniel Cohan spotted a headline on Twitter that stunned him: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was temporarily freezing all grants and contracts. He immediately worried that the climate change-related grant application his team had been working on for months "was a goner."

Former Gov. Rick Perry faces a confirmation vote in the Senate on Tuesday for his nomination to lead the U.S. Department of Energy. Among all the questions Perry’s appointment has raised, one that’s gotten little scrutiny is what it might mean for natural gas prices.

Today, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry goes before the U.S. Senate for his confirmation hearing in the hopes of becoming the next secretary of the Department of Energy. 

Of course, Perry famously derailed his presidential bid in 2011 by forgetting the department’s name even as he vowed to abolish it in a GOP primary debate. But, while the former governor may have been – and, according to a New York Times report, may still be – fuzzy on the agency's purview, he is certainly not the only one.

Doualy Xaykaothao / KERA News

A Senate confirmation hearing for former Governor Rick Perry was held Thursday morning. He’s nominated to become Energy secretary.

When former Texas Gov. Rick Perry faces the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources for his confirmation hearing on Thursday, his first test could be whether he remembers the name of the agency he's been picked to head.

Rick Perry Prepares To Re-Enter Political Arena With Confirmation Hearing

Jan 18, 2017
Shelby Tauber / The Texas Tribune

When it comes to personal stakes, there may be no Trump Cabinet nominee who has as much on the line with his confirmation hearing as Rick Perry.

Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

Former Gov. Rick Perry has resigned from the board of Dallas pipeline company Energy Transfer Partners as he prepares to become energy secretary under President-elect Donald Trump. 

Rick Perry's Energy Legacy Is More Complicated Than You Think

Dec 13, 2016
Abby Livingston / Texas Tribune

As he said farewell to the Texas Legislature in January 2015, Rick Perry couldn’t help but reflect on how energy technology and policy had transformed the state’s landscape — and fueled its economy — during his record 14 years as governor. 

Updated 7:51 a.m. ET Dec. 14 with official announcement of Perry's nomination.

It's a good thing former Texas Gov. Rick Perry once forgot he wanted to eliminate the Department of Energy, because President-elect Donald Trump is nominating him to lead the agency.

Eight Texas Republicans Who Could Serve In Trump's Washington

Nov 9, 2016
Todd Wiseman/Lucas Jackson (Reuters)/Bob Daemmrich

No sooner had Donald Trump shocked the political world by winning the presidency than Texas Republicans turned to a new discussion: How much influence will the Lone Star State have in the next White House?

GOP Sources: Rick Perry Encouraged Michael McCaul To Challenge Ted Cruz

Nov 1, 2016
Marjorie Kamys Cotera/Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune

Late this summer, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry strongly encouraged U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul to challenge U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz's re-election bid in 2018, according to GOP sources. 

Rick Perry / Twitter

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Volunteers will read "Moby Dick" in shifts over four days at the Modern in Fort Worth; a Big Tex winner is opening a State Fair-themed restaurant; vegans need tacos, too; and more.

ABC News screenshot

Former Gov. Rick Perry is joining the new season of "Dancing With the Stars."

Rick Perry To Khizr Khan, Father Of Fallen Muslim Soldier: 'Shame On You'

Aug 16, 2016
Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

Former Gov. Rick Perry is defending Donald Trump's war of words with the family of a fallen Muslim soldier, saying the father "struck the first blow" against the Republican presidential nominee and is not above criticism in return. 

Bob Daemmrich/The Texas Tribune

Donald Trump has tapped half a dozen well-known Texans — including the state's former governor — to advise him on agriculture policy in his campaign for the White House.

Rick Perry Says He's Open To Serving in Trump Administration

Jul 18, 2016
Shelby Tauber / Texas Tribune

CLEVELAND — Former Gov. Rick Perry says he is open to serving in the administration of presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, his former rival in the race for the White House.

Five Things to Watch At the GOP National Convention

Jul 18, 2016
The Texas Tribune

Two months ago, Texas Republicans gathered in Dallas for a state convention at which many still felt conflicted about their presumptive presidential nominee, Donald Trump. As they pack their bags for the national convention, an ambivalence still lingers over the Texas GOP.

Trump Rules Out Rick Perry As Running Mate

Jun 8, 2016
Gage Skidmore/Moritz Hager / Texas Tribune

Donald Trump on Wednesday ruled out picking former rival Rick Perry as his running mate but said there could still be a role for the former Texas governor in a Trump administration. 

Does Rick Perry Still Carry Clout In Texas?

May 23, 2016
Brett Buchanan / Texas Tribune

There's the Austin ophthalmologist responsible for his trademark glasses. The former Texas Tech official who wants to represent his parents in Congress. The former police chief of Dalworthington Gardens. Meet Rick Perry's class of 2016.

Upon Further Review, Perry Endorses Trump For President

May 6, 2016
Gage Skidmore/Moritz Hager / Texas Tribune

Former Gov. Rick Perry, who had called Donald Trump a "cancer on conservatism," is now endorsing the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

Rick Perry's Criminal Case Officially Dismissed

Apr 6, 2016
Todd Wiseman / Texas Tribune

The criminal case against former Gov. Rick Perry was officially dismissed on Wednesday, weeks after Texas' highest criminal court ordered that it be dropped

Alan Melson / KERA News

Five stories that have North Texas talking: Three Dallas neighborhoods are considered foot-friendly; Rick Perry endorsed Ted Cruz, but didn’t vote for him; a Texas woman died in the Brussels attacks; and more.

 

Rick Perry Has No Interest In Presidential Third-Party Run, Former Aide Says

Mar 21, 2016
Brett Buchanan / Texas Tribune

Amid consternation among many establishment Republicans about Donald Trump getting the GOP presidential  nomination, there has been renewed speculation that they could turn to someone who left the campaign in September: former Gov. Rick Perry.

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