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Rick Perry Addresses The Elephant In The Room At His Senate Hearing

Rick Perry once said he wanted to dismantle the Energy Department. Now he has to fight to run it.
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Rick Perry Addresses The Elephant In The Room At His Senate Hearing

Rick Perry, Donald Trump's nominee for secretary of energy, got to the point pretty quickly during his Senate confirmation hearing Thursday.

"My past statements made over five years ago about abolishing the Department of Energy do not reflect my current thinking," Perry said.

During a presidential primary debate in 2011, the former Texas governor said he wanted to eliminate the Department of Energy. But he infamously forgot its name.

Now, it seems Perry's changed his mind.

"After being briefed on so many of the vital functions of the Department of Energy, I regret recommending its elimination," Perry said.

He was also straightforward about his stance on climate change — he now believes in it.

"I believe the climate is changing. I believe some of it is naturally occurring, but some of it is also caused by man-made activity," Perry said.