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Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry smiles as he leaves Trump Tower, Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Rick Perry was tapped to run the Department of Energy, which he once vowed to shut down


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.

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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. 

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.
Rick Perry, 2011

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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