Relying on his policy of profit before people — or pretty much anything else, for that matter — President-elect Trump has chosen former Texas Gov. Rick Perry as Secretary of Energy.
Trump announced his pick on Wednesday, according to the USA Today, saying of his former rival for the position of Republican presidential nominee:
‘As the Governor of Texas, Rick Perry created a business climate that produced millions of new jobs and lower energy prices in his state, and he will bring that same approach to our entire country as Secretary of Energy.’
But Rick Perry isn’t the sharpest crayon in the Republican box, and even swore during a previous run for the White House in the 2012 election that he wanted to completely abolish the Department of Energy. Then during a debate in late 2011, he couldn’t even remember the name of the department.
The Department of Energy, in charge of seeking new, sustainable ways to fuel America’s demand for more energy, will now be headed by a pro-fossil fuel, climate change denier known more for his stint on Dancing with the Stars and gaffes on the presidential campaign trail than his administrative competence.
Another department Perry wanted to abolish as president was the Department of Education. Perry seems to have an awkward relationship with education. Like Trump, Perry himself has taken a business-above-all-else approach as governor of Texas. Perry once advanced a “business type” model for Texas universities, treating students as “customers” and ranking professors according to how much profit they generated for state schools.
According to The Huffington Post, Perry might be bitter about the university system because he didn’t do very well when it came to higher education.
HuffPo obtained Perry’s transcripts from Texas A&M University, and they show that he was a pretty mediocre scholar. Although Perry took on student leadership positions, he found himself fighting his way out of academic probation in order to qualify for them.
In college, Rick Perry rarely made anything over a C in his courses: C in U.S. History, D in Shakespeare, and D in Economics. Perry even got a C in physical education.
Perry majored in animal science, and even did poorly in those classes. In one fall semester, the politician-to-be was graded a D in Veterinary Anatomy, a C in Animal Breeding, and an F on his second round of Organic Chemistry.
Perry pulled out only two As during his time at A&M, one in world military systems and one in “Improv. of Learning.”
While many bio science students find themselves retaking organic chemistry at least once, it’s disconcerting to think that a individual with such a loose grip on the sciences will be heading one of the most technologically involved departments in any president’s cabinet.
You can read Perry’s transcript below, via Scribd:
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