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The Brief: Perry second Texan to land in Trump’s Cabinet

As of Tuesday night, Trump's transition has yet to confirm the report, but praised former Gov. Rick Perry for his work in the Lone Star state.

Former Gov. Rick Perry announces his intentions to run for president in 2016 on June 4, 2015, at the Addison Airport.

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Although President-elect Donald Trump has yet to confirm the speculation, CBS News and other outlets reported late Monday night that Trump selected erstwhile rival and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to serve as his energy secretary. Here’s the story so far:

Trump's transition team praised Perry's time as Texas governor. "They talk about Texas' economic revival, and a lot of that had to do with the energy sector," Trump spokesman Jason Miller told reporters. Texas Republicans also began celebrating the news Tuesday morning. U.S. Rep. Joe Barton of Ennis, a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, called the former governor an "excellent choice.”

During Perry's record 14 years as governor, oil and natural gas production surged — by roughly 260 percent and 50 percent, respectively. The phenomenon, however, also stirred concerns about air and water quality and strained infrastructure in some regions. Texas also became the nation’s leader in wind energy generation during his tenure — and Perry helped steer that boom.

Advocates were generally unhappy with Perry’s efforts on solar energy — or lack thereof. The solar industry struggled to get a foothold because lawmakers provided fewer incentives than other states. However, Perry helped Texas become one of the nation’s few facilities that accept low-level nuclear waste. The U.S. Department of Energy plays a major role in advancing and implementing policy on nuclear waste.

If selected, however, Perry will have to reconcile his new gig with his past comments on Washington, D.C., the federal government and Trump himself. During a presidential debate in 2011, Perry forgot the name of the third federal agency he wanted to shutter — the Department of Energy. He also has called Trump’s candidacy “a cancer on conservatism,” and accused him of offering "empty platitudes and promises.”

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