Former Texas Governor Rick Perry has reportedly been named to lead the Department of Energy under President Elect Donald Trump.
Opponents express concern that Perry is a climate denier and has ties to the Dakota Access Pipeline. But supporters say Texas enhanced its energy portfolio by becoming the nation’s largest wind producer.
Petroleum Association of Wyoming President Bruce Hinchey says Perry will likely be a plus for states like Wyoming.
“Well I think he’ll do a good job, you know he comes from a big energy state, a lot of production of oil and natural gas, many wells across the state of Texas and I’m certain he understands the importance of the energy industry to the economy of this nation and the states.”
Hinchey is also hopeful that Perry will help remove some regulations that hinder drilling on public lands.