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Trump picks Dan Brouillette as new Energy Secretary

Dan Brouillette with Lisa Murkowski in Alaska

VISITED ALASKA WITH SEN. MURKOWSKI THIS SUMMER

Dan Brouillette, the deputy Energy Secretary, is President Donald Trump’s pick to replace Energy Secretary Rick Perry.

Brouillette visited Alaska in August with Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who showed him operations on the North Slope, and toured remote villages working to reduce their cost of energy.

“This was a great opportunity for Dan to visit more of Alaska, to see firsthand how we contribute to our nation’s energy security, and to learn about the innovation taking place throughout our state,” Sen. Murkowski said at the time. 

“I thank the Deputy Secretary for making the trip, for spending so much time here, and for everything he and his team are doing to form a strong partnership between the Department and Alaska. This was a truly wonderful couple of days that we appreciate and will build on,” she said in August.

During the visit, Murkowski and Brouillette visited Kwigillingok and Kongiganak, rural villages in western Alaska that are transitioning their microgrids off diesel to more affordable and sustainable energy.

With abundantly available wind energy, Kwigillingok is now not using diesel for at least one-third of the year, while Kongiganak’s wind penetration for the electrical grid is between 30 and 40 percent.

Both villages also have battery storage to use excess wind energy to power thermal heaters, further reducing diesel consumption and local heating costs. Brouillette was able to see that first hand.

While in Alaska, Brouillette participated in the Alaska Federation of Natives’ roundtable at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, a panel that focused on “Northernmost Border Security.” The roundtable included policy discussions about how diminishing sea ice in the Arctic is providing greater access to the region and its resources. 

Trump announced his decision this morning, thanking Perry for “the outstanding job he has done.”

“At the same time, I am pleased to nominate Deputy Secretary Dan Brouillette to be the new Secretary of Energy. Dan’s experience in the sector is unparalleled. A total professional, I have no doubt that Dan will do a great job!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

The choice of Brouillette means the “energy dominance” agenda set by the Secretary Perry during his tenure will likely stay on track without a hiccup. Under Trump, oil, gas, and coal have been the core of the Make America Great Again agenda.

Brouillette, 58, was a vice president of Ford Motor Company, where he led the automaker’s domestic policy teams and served on its North American Operating Committee.

He was chief of staff to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce and served as Assistant Secretary of Energy for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs from 2001 to 2003.  In addition, he is a former state energy regulator, having served as a member of the Louisiana State Mineral and Energy Board from 2013 to 2016.

Brouillette is a U.S. Army veteran and has been married for 28 years. He and his wife have nine children.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • Looks like Trump made a solid choice.
    Now on to 2020.
    Trump is a great friend of Alaska.
    No matter how you try to spin it!
    He got ANWR open for lord sake!
    So what would happen with a Biden/Warren administration?

    • Maybe Warren will lead the ticket with a suitable male VP. I would guess Buttigeig? Or would the Vp candidate need to be heterosexual? Maybe Yang? Bernie Sanders?
      This brings up the question of whether the D Presidential/VP candidates could be an all women ticket?

      • One straight. One gay. The ultimate subjugation of Men?

        • Better protect your testicles now!

  • How about this new Energy Sec. address the “Balance of Property Rights Equity” ie. mineral rights stolen at Statehood of Americans Vs the rights of those in the LOWER 48 States ? Only the Alaska Natives are true US citizens, as they got mineral rights! I wonder his take on that and the agreed Statehood Compact 90-10 % deal ?

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