US New Energy secretary: Trump has directed agency to find 'different ways to utilize coal'
Senate confirms Brouillette, former Ford lobbyist, as energy secretary
The U.S. Senate on Monday confirmed Dan Brouillette, a former top lobbyist for Ford Motor Co who believes fossil fuels will power a large part of world energy needs for many decades, as President Donald Trump's second energy secretary. The Republican-controlled Senate confirmed Brouillette 70-15. Brouillette will replace Rick Perry, who stepped down on Sunday while at the center of Trump's impeachment probe in the U.S. House of Representatives for his role as one of the "three amigos" who ran a side foreign policy in Ukraine, under Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
Acting Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette said this week he has received a directive from President Trump to boost the struggling coal industry.
"What the president has directed us to do is to look for different ways to utilize coal," Brouillette told in an interview Monday alongside former Energy Secretary Rick Perry.
The Senate Brouillette in a 70-15 vote Monday night. He has yet to be sworn in.
Brouillette appears set to follow Perry's path in looking for ways to bolster an industry that has been losing ground to renewables and natural gas.
Perry ends final day as Energy secretary
Rick Perry concluded his final day as President Trump's Energy secretary on Sunday, thanking his family and the American people in a tweet for allowing him to serve at the agency. © Greg Nash Perry ends final day as Energy secretary Perry tweeted Sunday that it had been "the honor and privilege of a lifetime to serve in the @realDonaldTrump Administration," adding in a video message attached to the tweet that it had been a "wonderful, fabulous trip" to serve at secretary."Well, today's December the first and my last day as the secretary of Energy," Perry said.
Renewable energy production in the U.S. over the summer for the first time, and coal-fired power plants have been struggling to obtain financial backing.
During his , Brouillette said he was in favor of an "all of the above" energy strategy but cautioned against moving away from fossil fuels that could support baseload power as the renewable energy industry develops more reliable long-term battery storage.
In Monday's interview, Brouillette said the plan isn't to subsidize coal or reinforce its standing in electricity generation but rather look for other ways to extract value from coal.
"There are other uses for this product in the marketplace today," Brouillette said. "We can make carbon from it, we can extract rare earth metals from it. We can look at the residue, for instance, from coal ash, and pull out critical materials for battery storage. There's a bright future for coal, we're just going to continue to develop it as it goes along."
‘The chosen one’: Rick Perry told Trump he was sent by God
Outgoing Energy Secretary Rick Perry, 69, said he told President Trump he’s “the chosen one.” © Provided by MediaDC: Washington Newspaper Publishing Company, Inc.Perry said Trump is not perfect but, “God’s used imperfect people all through history.” “King David wasn’t perfect. Saul wasn’t perfect. Solomon wasn’t perfect. I actually gave the president a little one-pager on those Old Testament kings about a month ago. I shared it with him. I said, ‘Mr. President, I know there are people that say, you know, you said you were the chosen one.’ And I said, ‘You were.
The Department of Energy has attempted to boost the coal industry in the past, most recently while Brouillette was Perry's deputy.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in 2018 from Perry that would have mandated higher electricity prices for coal. The proposal would have increased revenue for coal plants that kept at least 90 days of fuel on site, in an effort to shore up the electric supply.
The plan was roundly criticized as a politically motivated effort to benefit industries favored by the Trump administration that would raise electricity costs by as much as $11.8 billion.
Pentagon chief fires Navy secretary over SEAL controversy .
Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Sunday fired the Navy’s top official over his handling of a disciplinary case involving a Navy SEAL. At Esper’s request, Navy Secretary Richard Spencer submitted his resignation Sunday, said the chief spokesman for the Pentagon, Jonathan Hoffman.
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