2017 Recent Vote
The Senate considered President Trump’s nomination of Rick Perry to serve as Secretary of the Department of Energy. The Department of Energy works to advance energy technology, including innovation for clean energy. As Governor of Texas, Perry appointed officials who denied climate science to key environmental positions and sought to fast-track permit applications for new coal power plants and repeatedly sued the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over proposed limits on carbon pollution. Perry has also denied the science of climate change and previously called for the elimination of the Department of Energy. On March 2, the Senate confirmed Rick Perry to be Secretary of the Department of Energy by a vote of 62-37 (Senate roll call vote 79). NO IS THE PRO-ENVIRONMENT VOTE.