When defining his government team, President Trump has already specified certain individuals that will have the biggest impact on the country’s energy future. The energy team at the White House, in addition to recently appointed Energy Department Head Rick Perry, includes individuals such as Ryan Zinke, Secretary of the Interior, who will be responsible for overseeing the protection of state-owned territories and, therefore, also licenses for new energy projects.
Richard Perry, secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy
James Richard "Rick" Perry served as the 47th Governor of Texas from December 2000 to January 2015. As a Republican, he was elected Lieutenant Governor of Texas in 1998 and assumed governorship in December 2000 when then-governor George W. Bush resigned to become U.S. President. Perry was the longest-serving governor in Texas history and, at the time he left office, the second longest-serving current U.S. governor. Perry ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in 2012 and 2016. On December 14, 2016, Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate Perry as Secretary of the Department of Energy, a position that currently awaits a definitive confirmation by the US Senate.
Ryan Zinke, interior Secretary
A former member of the military, who resigned from the US Navy SEAL with the rank of commander in 2006, Zinke has been a member of the House of Representatives for the state of Montana since 3 January 2015. As a Republican, he was called by Trump to lead the Department of the Interior that, in the United States, is mainly responsible for protecting the country’s natural resources, including the management of state lands and parks. Zinke will be called on to change some of the rules introduced by the Obama administration, to limit the use of American territory, for example, by banning fracking and oil drilling in the Arctic.
Edward Scott Pruitt, administrator of the EPA, Environmental Protection Agency
A Lawyer and Republican politician, in 2010 Pruitt was appointed Attorney General of the state of Oklahoma. In this capacity, he expressed opposing views to the regulations for environmental protection, conducting or participating in 14 lawsuits against the EPA, the Environmental Protection Agency, the same body for which he is a candidate, selected by Trump, for the role of director. Despite the American press calling him a "denier" with respect to the climate change issue, during the Senate hearing for final confirmation of his nomination to head the EPA, he stated that "the climate is changing, and human activity contributes to that in some manner".
Greg Walden, chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce
Walden represents Oregon's Second Congressional District. For four years, he served as Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee. He also served on the House Committees on Agriculture, Natural Resources and Government Reform. The responsibilities of the Energy and Commerce Committee include environmental quality and energy policy. The Committee oversees the work of several departments and independent agencies, including the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Lisa Murkowski, chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
Lisa Murkowski is Alaska’s senior representative in the U.S. Senate and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, in which she has served since joining the Senate in 2002. A recognized leader in energy policy and in managing federal lands policy, Senator Murkowski has always follows the principle that all energy is good, implementing policies aimed at making U.S. energy increasingly more abundant, affordable, clean, diverse, and secure.