President-elect Donald Trump will nominate former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to serve as Secretary of Energy, NBC News reports.
Perry beat out Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Ray Washburne, a Dallas-based investor in the oil and gas business.
Perry drew national attention (and laughter) on the 2012 campaign trail after he said he would shut down "three agencies of government" if elected: the departments of Commerce, Education and "...what's the third one?" He later said he meant to say Energy.
WATCH | Here's Perry's infamous "oops" moment during a Republican primary debate on Nov. 9, 2011.
Reading Rick Perry, who infamously forgot the existence of the Dept. of Energy, is Trump's pick to lead it. You can't make this crap up.— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) December 13, 2016
The irony was not lost on some observers, even Republicans.
Perry also has ties to the Dakota Access Pipeline. He sits on the corporate board for Energy Transfer Partners, the pipeline's parent company.
Rick Perry, climate change skeptic, is President-elect Trump's choice for secretary of energy. The current secretary is a nuclear physicist.— Michael Wilner (@mawilner) December 13, 2016
Perry is also a climate change denier, like Trump's pick for head of the EPA.
I think there are a substantial number of scientists who have manipulated data so that they will have dollars rolling into their projects.
This goes back years, NBC News report. As governor, he mocked what he called the "secular carbon cult."
The relationship is... complicated
Perry and Trump were not exactly friends on the campaign trail. Perry, who initially endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz, called Trump a "cancer on conservatism" and a "barking carnival act."
Back in June 2015, Trump said Perry did an "absolutely horrible job of securing the border."
Trump also called Perry a "hypocrite" in 2015.
But going further back, he called Perry a "great guy."
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