Energy Secretary Rick Perry announces plans to resign

By Erin Voegele | October 21, 2019

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Oct. 17 announced plans to resign from his post, effective later this year. The White House has not yet announced a nominee to replace Perry following his departure.  

President Trump nominated Perry to serve as energy secretary in December 2016. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate by a vote of 62 to 37 in March 2017. 

In a letter to Trump announcing his planned resignation, Perry called the opportunity to serve as energy secretary “an extreme honor.”

“The work being done across the Department of Energy and throughout our national labs to develop more abundant, less expensive and cleaner energy is world-class,” Perry wrote. “From reviving our commercial nuclear energy industry to producing historic levels of domestic oil and gas and renewable energy, America has seen a remarkable turnaround in our energy industry.”

Perry also addressed DOE’s work to lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. “An important part of the American energy story is what we are doing with science and technology to make our air cleaner,” he said. “Greenhouse gas emissions have fallen dramatically, with remissions from the electric power sector at their lowest levels since 1987. During the same time, energy-related carbon emissions fell at an even greater pace. This was achieved through American innovation.

“Now more than ever, I believe strongly in the mission of the Department of Energy,” Perry continued. “The people across the enterprise have a sincere commitment to this country. I feel comfortable that the Department is well prepared to continue this mission with new leadership at the helm.”