Back in December, Donald Trump nominated former Texas Governor Rick Perry, who has two failed presidential candidate runs under his belt, to be his Secretary of Energy. While his 2016 presidential campaign uneventfully petered out, his 2012 campaign was far more memorable for all of the wrong reasons. In case you forgot or more likely had something better to do, he wanted to abolish the Department of Energy. Yes, the same department he is now in charge of overseeing. However, it wasn’t his stance that was memorable. It was his inability to remember of the name of the Department of Energy.
Ironically, the same Department he wanted to eliminate will now be his meal ticket. You also have to question the judgment of the Trump transition team in selecting someone to head a Department they don’t even think should exist.
Though, his handling of the Deepwater Horizon crisis is a bit unnerving still to this day for me. For those of you who may have forgot, he stated that the explosion, and subsequent destruction of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem, on the Deepwater Horizon disaster could have been “an act of God.”
According to Chron:
“Gov. Rick Perry, under fire from Democrats for referring to an “act of God” when answering a question about the Gulf oil spill, defended his answer Tuesday and told a reporter to “go look it up … in the dictionary.”
“It’s something that no one can put their finger on, and it may be an accident, it may be something else,” he said, “I do think it is very intriguing that those of you in the media have focused in on one statement when the clear definition of that is pretty easy to get your hands on.”
An act of God is being struck by lightning during a storm or a 10 point buck running in front of your car on a dark night. In other words, there is very little, if anything, you could do to prevent it, hence the naming convention of the act. The Deepwater Horizon incident would not fall into this category. This was confirmed by a New Orleans media outlet which verified that human errors and catastrophic machine failures led to the demise of the oil rig.
For the full list of the factors that led to the catastrophe, see the 5 Key Human Errors.
Human errors and machine malfunctions are hardly acts of God, and if we are being honest, should actually be expected and planned for when operating an oil rig. With that in mind, I hope he takes a more pragmatic approach to his role as Secretary of Energy.