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Washington, D.C.—Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement on President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to head the U.S. Department of Energy, former Texas Governor Rick Perry.


“Washington state is home to one of the largest nuclear cleanup efforts in the world, so I cannot stress enough how critical it is to have strong, able leadership at the U.S. Department of Energy to guide the cleanup at Hanford. This requires a leader with a commitment to help our country fulfill its legal and moral obligation, but more importantly, a commitment to the safety of thousands of workers who show up day in and day out. It is imperative for Governor Perry, or any Energy nominee, to truly understand the sacrifices Hanford workers and the Tri-Cities community made to help America win World II and the Cold War. Any effort to roll back progress at Hanford, shortchange PNNL, destabilize BPA, or privatize portions of the Department of Energy will be met with swift opposition.


“I am also deeply troubled by Governor Perry’s past statements regarding climate change and his obvious ties to Big Oil. I have supported and will continue to support renewable energy research, development, and deployment in order to address the critical issues of climate change and to create a comprehensive national energy policy suited for the economy of the next century, not one that is merely beholden to billionaires and big corporations.”