12 thoughts on “Good ol’ Rick Perry

  1. Big Tex says:

    “Perry’s Vision Of Nuclear Generator Movable By Cargo Plane Successfully Tested During Kennedy Admin” (Forbes) https://www.forbes.com/sites/rodadams/2017/09/29/perrys-visionary-small-nuclear-generator-could-have-been-dropped-before-iacocca-introduced-mustang/#3130b19c2eed Re: successful testing: “The ML-1 worked (though never to specification, only achieving a peak output of 66% of the specified electrical output), but it had numerous major issues along the route to working. Rapid shutdowns were commonplace, often due to spurious sensor readings, while real mechanical problems – with the non-nuclear components of the system – often were undetected until a degree of damage occurred. Also, in order to reduce weight, extensive shielding was omitted in favor of a personnel exclusion zone of 500 feet (150 m) while in operation. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ML-1
    See also https://thinkprogress.org/rebuild-puerto-ricos-grid-with-solar-not-nuclear-abc85da68cf6/

  2. Yee-haw says:

    Energy Secretary Rick Perry urged Ukraine’s president to root out corruption and pushed the new government for changes at its state-run oil and gas company, people familiar with his work said Friday — indications that he was more deeply involved than previously known in President Donald Trump’s efforts to pressure officials in Kiev.
    The people said they have no indication that Perry explicitly called on Ukrainian officials to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, the issue that has spawned a House impeachment inquiry into Trump. But at the very least, they said, Perry played an active role in the Trump administration’s efforts to shape decisions by the newly elected government of President Volodymyr Zelensky. https://www.politico.com/news/2019/10/05/rick-perry-ukraine-trump-030230
    The White House on Friday pushed back against reports that former Texas Gov. Rick Perry will soon be out as energy secretary. “He’s not going anywhere. Not today, not tomorrow. Not next month,” said White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere. https://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/2019/10/03/rick-perry-way-energy-secretary-spokeswoman-says-not-today/
    The former Texas governor first was given passing reference in the whistleblower complaint against Trump over the president’s July call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Then, Perry was mentioned in House Democrats’ subpoena to Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani over the matter.

    • Chunked under the bus says:

      According to Axios, President Trump told House Republicans that he was urged by Energy Secretary Rick Perry to make his July 25 phone call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
      Trump told fellow party members “not a lot of people know this but, I didn’t even want to make the call,” a source who was on the call told the news outlet.
      “The only reason I made the call was because Rick asked me to. Something about an LNG [liquified natural gas] plant,” Trump added.
      The president’s comments put a twist on the narrative surrounding House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry.
      Text messages between White House officials and former Zelensky aide Andrey Yermak were released earlier this week. None of the messages suggest that Perry was the reason behind Trump’s phone call.
      Perry headed a U.S. delegation to Ukraine in May for Zelensky’s inauguration but reportedly told the Chirstian Broadcasting Network that “as God is my witness” neither former Vice President Joe Biden or his son, Hunter Biden, came up in conversation.
      “Secretary Perry absolutely supported and encouraged the president to speak to the new president of Ukraine to discuss matters related to their energy security and economic development,” Perry’s spokeswoman Shaylyn Hynes told Axios. https://www.axios.com/trump-blamed-rick-perry-call-ukraine-zelensky-8178447a-0374-4ac6-b321-a9454b0565d4.html

      • Sho’nuff says:

        US Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Monday that he “absolutely” asked President Donald Trump “multiple times” to call Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, but about energy — not the Bidens — and said he is not leaving his role in the administration. https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/07/politics/rick-perry-trump-zelensky-ukraine-call/index.html
        Energy issues, though, were not discussed during the July phone conversation between the two leaders, according to a rough transcript of the call released by the White House. The transcript instead revealed Trump asked his Ukrainian counterpart to investigate Joe Biden and the activities of the former vice president’s son, Hunter, who had been on a board of a Ukrainian natural gas company.
        There is no evidence of wrongdoing by either Joe or Hunter Biden.

  3. Arbuckle Brothers says:

    “The Rick Perry Show Is Back! Our ever-entertaining former governor has been awfully quiet for the past few years. But we knew that couldn’t last.” (Texas Monthly 10/10/19) https://www.texasmonthly.com/politics/the-rick-perry-show-is-back/
    “Rick Perry Dragged Further Into Ukraine-Gate” https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/10/rick-perry-ukraine-subpoena
    “Democrats subpoena Rick Perry for documents in impeachment inquiry : The subpoena demands documents related to Perry’s knowledge of Trump’s July 25 phone call with the Ukrainian president.” https://www.politico.com/news/2019/10/10/democrats-subpoena-rick-perry-for-documents-in-impeachment-inquiry-000280
    “READ: Subpoena for Rick Perry in House impeachment Inquiry” https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/10/politics/rick-perry-house-subpoena/index.html

  4. Dadgummit says:

    “Next question for Rick Perry: Will he testify?” https://www.politico.com/news/2019/10/17/rick-perry-testify-impeachment-050511 [see links]
    “Perry, who told President Donald Trump on Thursday he intends to resign, faces a Friday deadline to comply with a House subpoena for information about outreach to Ukraine, which came as the president’s emissaries were pushing Kiev to launch a corruption investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter. House investigators also appear to be edging toward issuing a subpoena for Perry to testify — something he could be freer to do once he’s no longer in the administration.
    White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told reporters yesterday that the administration had in fact expected a quid pro quo with the Ukrainian government, in which Trump would release military aid to the country in exchange for it looking into allegations of 2016 election fraud.
    Last week, Trump said Perry had pressed him to make his now-controversial July 25 telephone call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Perry appeared to hit back this week, telling The Wall Street Journal that Trump had directed him to consult with the president’s personal attorney, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, about Ukraine.
    Besides questions about his interactions with Giuliani, lawmakers are also interested in Perry’s effort to place Houston oil and gas executives — including one who had donated to his Texas political campaigns — on the advisory board of Ukraine’s state-owned oil and gas company, Naftogaz.”

  5. Rawhide says:

    “How Rick Perry Became A Key Figure In The Trump Impeachment Probe” https://www.npr.org/2019/10/24/772748352/how-rick-perry-became-a-key-figure-in-the-trump-impeachment-probe
    …Speaking outside the White House on Wednesday, Perry called the impeachment investigation a “charade.”
    “I’m not gonna participate,” Perry told reporters. “The White House has advised us not to participate. My general counsel has told me not to participate in what they consider to be an unprecedented effort to try to use an inquiry in an unlawful way.”
    …Perry’s swan song to his colleagues at the Energy Department came in the form of a highly produced, four-minute-long farewell video titled “The Coolest Job I’ve Ever Had.” https://www.energy.gov/message-secretary-perry-farewell [it appears that the DOE may have paid for it]. Perry ends the video by saying, “I thank President Trump for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime. I’m so glad that I said yes.”

  6. One hand warsh d'other says:

    After U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry proposed political backer Michael Bleyzer as an adviser to Ukraine’s president, the Houston man and a former University of Texas System regent “secured a potentially lucrative” energy deal from the Ukrainian government, the Associated Press reported Monday. https://www.texastribune.org/2019/11/11/rick-perry-supporters-won-potentially-lucrative-ukraine-oil-and-gas-de/
    Perry, the former Texas governor, attended Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s inauguration this year and gave him a list of people who could serve as energy advisers, which included Bleyzer, according to the AP. More than a month later, Ukraine awarded an oil and gas exploration contract to Bleyzer and his partner Alex Cranberg, the news agency reported. Perry appointed Cranberg to the UT Board of Regents shortly after the man registered to vote in Texas following a move from Colorado. Cranberg served from 2011 to 2017 and was a controversial figure on the system’s governing board.

    “…In what some saw as a sign of Mr. Trump’s personal displeasure, a White House aide later said, Mr. Trump’s team also downgraded the American delegation to Mr. Zelensky’s May 20 inauguration, replacing Vice President Mike Pence as the group’s senior official with Energy Secretary Rick Perry.
    Three days later, fresh from Mr. Zelensky’s swearing-in, Mr. Sondland, the European Union ambassador, and Kurt D. Volker, an American special envoy to Ukraine, went to an Oval Office meeting. There they praised Mr. Zelensky as a reformer who deserved American support.
    The president would have none of it. “They are all corrupt, they are all terrible people,” Mr. Trump retorted, according to Mr. Volker. He added, “They tried to take me down.”
    Mr. Trump was apparently referring to Ukraine’s disclosure in 2016 of tens of millions of dollars in secret payments to Paul Manafort, Mr. Trump’s campaign chairman at the time, who had worked as a consultant to one of Mr. Zelensky’s predecessors. Mr. Manafort was forced to resign from the Trump campaign and is now in prison for crimes related to those payments.” https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/11/us/ukraine-trump.html

  7. Flashback says:

    DPRK News Service @DPRK_News “Official News feed of Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea” 7:26 PM – 30 Nov 2019: “Outgoing US nuclear weapons secretary Rick Perry will be remembered for unjust executions of innocents, and attacks on @DPRK_News.
    But mostly for attacks on @DPRK_News.” https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EKq8j5FWoAIinDZ.jpg

    USA Today (12/14/16): “The Perry nomination for Secretary of Energy drew scorn from the nation of North Korea.
    “The Twitter feed of the nuclear-armed dictatorship said, “Donald Trump minister of nuclear weapons Richard Perry known as governor of Texas province, famed for its production of tacos and bumpkins.” https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2016/2016/12/14/donald-trump-rick-perry-energy-department/95368806/

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