Understanding The Many Responsibilities Of The Energy Department

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Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Summit, April 17, 2015 in Nashua, N. H. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Rick Perry to lead the Department of Energy, a department he once famously said should be eliminated. As the longest-serving governor of Texas, Perry is well-versed in the business of fossil fuels and energy extraction.

But the nearly 40-year-old department is also largely devoted to national security, nuclear weapons and power and basic science research.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Susan Tierney, senior advisor for Analysis Group (@analysisgroup) and former assistant secretary of energy for policy, about the role and responsibilities of the energy department.

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