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Energy Secretary Perry says he is resigning by year’s end

Energy Secretary Rick Perry announced Thursday that he will leave his job by the end of the year, saying that under President Donald Trump the nation is nearing energy independence.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 7, 2019, 4:25 p.m.

Profit, not politics: Trump allies sought Ukraine gas deal

As Rudy Giuliani was pushing Ukrainian officials last spring to investigate one of Donald Trump’s main political rivals, a group of individuals with ties to the president and his personal …


UPDATED: Fri., June 1, 2018, 12:33 p.m.

Trump orders ‘immediate steps’ to boost coal, nuclear plants

President Donald Trump on Friday directed Energy Secretary Rick Perry to prepare “immediate steps” to bolster struggling coal-fired and nuclear power plants to keep them open.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 3, 2018, 9:43 p.m.

Trump to pull nomination of top environmental adviser

The White House late Saturday confirmed plans to withdraw the nomination of a climate change skeptic with ties to the fossil fuel industry to serve as President Donald Trump’s top …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 2, 2017, 10:48 p.m.

Energy chief Perry: Fossil fuels can prevent sexual assault

Energy Secretary Rick Perry says he thinks using fossil fuels can help prevent sexual assault.


Trump botches reference to ‘president’ of Virgin Islands a day after Rick Perry called Puerto Rico a ‘country’

And now President Donald Trump has talked about another U.S. territory struck by hurricanes as if it’s a foreign country. He said in a speech at the Values Voters Summit …


Trump energy chief defends costly plane travel

Energy Secretary Rick Perry defended his costly travel on private and government planes to Congress, saying Thursday that such flights are sometimes needed for him to do his job.


Odd bedfellows fight Trump move on coal, nuclear

The Trump administration says coal is back and nuclear energy is cool. Not at the expense of natural gas, wind and solar, insist an unusual coalition of business and environmental …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 21, 2017, 11:27 p.m.

Hanford becomes comical punching bag for HBO’s John Oliver

Just days after Energy Secretary Rick Perry made his first trip to the Hanford nuclear reservation, HBO’s John Oliver used the polluted nuclear site as a satirical punching bag for …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 16, 2017, 9:52 p.m.

Perry declares support for PNNL, Hanford; vague on funding

In his first visit to the Tri-Cities, Energy Secretary Rick Perry offered enthusiastic support for the Hanford cleanup and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, but gave no assurance he will advocate …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 15, 2017, 11:11 a.m.

Energy Secretary makes 1st Tri-City area stop, says it’s a chance to learn

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s visit to the Mid-Columbia is “an edification” – the chance to see firsthand the work being done at places like the Hanford nuclear reservation and …


Threat to U.S. nuclear reactors ‘real,’ ongoing, energy chief says

Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Tuesday that “state-sponsored” or criminal hackers are targeting U.S. nuclear power plants and other energy providers, but said the government has resources to safeguard the …


UPDATED: Thu., July 6, 2017, 6:48 p.m.

Perry says coal-fired power plants important in US future

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Thursday that coal-fired power plants are important for the country’s future, and he suggested that energy supply will spark demand.


Most Legislatures go into overtime, but the days needed to finish business have crept up over the years

Needing extra time to get the work done has been the rule, not the exception, for the Legislature.


UPDATED: Tue., June 20, 2017, 8:15 a.m.

Energy chief: Carbon dioxide not prime driver of warming

Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Monday he does not believe carbon dioxide is a primary contributor to global warming, a statement at odds with mainstream scientific consensus but in line …


UPDATED: Tue., June 6, 2017, 7:32 a.m.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry challenges China to be leader on climate

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Monday that he hopes China will step forward to be a “real leader” on climate issues, while rejecting criticism that the United States is …


UPDATED: Sat., June 3, 2017, 7:08 p.m.

Rick Perry’s having blast running the Energy Department – the agency he vowed to kill

The former Texas governor says he’s having the time of his life running an agency he once pledged to eliminate. Rick Perry has emerged as a strong defender of the …


Hanford continues to have truckload of woes

The beleaguered Hanford cleanup is a national embarrassment, with serious consequences for this region.


UPDATED: Fri., March 17, 2017, 9:48 p.m.

Senators urge new energy secretary to protect Hanford workers

Washington’s two U.S. senators brought the chemical vapors issue at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation to the attention of new Energy Secretary Rick Perry, asking him to improve safety and make …


Washington, Oregon senators vote against Rick Perry confirmation

All four senators from Washington and Oregon on Thursday voted against Rick Perry to become energy secretary, saying they worried about his commitment to clean up the Hanford Nuclear Reservation …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 31, 2017, 6:08 p.m.

Democrats force delays in votes on three Cabinet nominees

Republicans pushed President Donald Trump’s nominees to head the Energy and Interior Departments through a Senate panel on Tuesday while other committees moved toward votes on his picks to head …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 19, 2017, 10:32 p.m.

Energy pick vows to boost agency he had pledged to eliminate

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, tapped by President-elect Donald Trump to head the Energy Department, vowed to be an advocate for an agency he once pledged to eliminate and promised …


Congressional delegation urges Trump to fund Hanford work

The entire congressional delegation from Washington is asking President-elect Donald Trump to make environmental cleanup of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation a priority. Hanford for years made plutonium for nuclear weapons, …


Mattis offers hope for Energy, Hanford

Mattis, a Richland native, is likely our best hope at helping educate Trump and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry about the complexities and importance of Hanford’s mission


Trump selects Rick Perry as energy secretary; Sen. Patty Murray indicates her opposition

WASHINGTON – President-elect Donald Trump on Wednesday confirmed his selection of former campaign rival Rick Perry to be the country’s next secretary of energy. In a statement early Wednesday on …


Trump taps Rick Perry to head Energy Department

President-elect Donald Trump has picked Rick Perry to head the Energy Department, said two individuals familiar with the decision, seeking to put the former Texas governor in control of an …


Texas court clears ex-Gov. Rick Perry of 2nd felony charge

Texas’ highest criminal court tossed the second and final felony charge against former Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday, likely ending a case the Republican says helped sink his short-lived 2016 …


Rick Perry announces 2016 bid for president

ADDISON, Texas — Now there are 11. Rick Perry entered the Republican presidential race Thursday. For the former Texas governor, it’s a re-do of a 2012 bid that went poorly …


Bachmann drops out of GOP race; Perry stays in it

Republican presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann canceled her campaign trip to South Carolina today after a dismal showing in the Iowa caucuses.


After gaffe, Rick Perry says campaign will go on

Rick Perry says he “stepped in it” when he couldn’t remember the third federal department he would cut if elected, but insisted the debate blunder wouldn’t force him out of …