By Andee Erickson, Projects Editor for The Spectator
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, President Donald Trump’s nominee to head the U.S. Department of Energy, told senators at his January hearing that he would work with states to lay the groundwork for renewable energy, but avoided giving a straight answer to a question on whether or not he believes climate change is a global crisis demanding a dramatic shift away from fossil fuels.
“I believe the climate is changing. I believe some of it is naturally occurring. I believe some of it is caused by manmade activity. The question is how do we address it in a thoughtful way that doesn’t compromise economic growth,” Perry said to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. He was responding to Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) pointing out a 2011 news report stating Perry didn’t believe in global warming.
“I will talk to any governor about the wisdom of using their universities, using their private sector, using the Department of Energy where it fits to come up with the technologies that moves forward their state’s position from the standpoint of renewables where it fits in …,” Perry said. “I’ll be happy to give them the roadmap on how to do that.”
What is unclear is if Wisconsin’s government would engage in such an effort.
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