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Secretary of Energy Rick Perry was reminded he once called Donald Trump a "cancer on conservatism" during a White House press briefing on Tuesday, but he waved off the question for having "nothing to do with energy".

Honorable, who has announced this will be her last week as a FERC commissioner, noted that according to the EIA, natural gas in 2016 accounted for more of the nation's energy production that coal. Despite all the jokes - like poking fun at reporters for asking complicated questions he couldn't understand and saying he wants to "make nuclear energy cool again" - Perry gave the press corps a message fraught with contradictions regarding climate change.

Those claims cut crosswise to scientific findings.

"I recognize the markets have had a role in the evolution of our energy mix", he said. "I didn't say that", Perry responded. I've said that time after time.

The planet's average surface temperature is about 2 degrees higher than it was in the late 19th century and scientists say the change was largely driven by increases in greenhouse gases, NASA has said.

"You said that you do believe that climate change is happening and you do believe that human activity is contributing to it".

At a White House briefing on Tuesday meant to showcase the administration's pro-nuclear policies, Perry faced multiple questions about climate change. "The idea that we can't have an intellectual conversation about just what are the actual impacts of climate change.Let's just talk about it, what's wrong with that?" "The science isn't settled yet", Perry said. "So why not have a conversation about that?" A luddite.' I don't buy that. I don't think there is - I mean, this is America. In both incidents, about three minutes apart, Perry was called a "climate denier" and asked why he doesn't believe carbon dioxide causes climate change.

The Trump administration's proposed budget would slash Energy Department funding for nuclear energy by more than 28 percent, including support for the development of small modular reactors. It has been widely criticized prior to release, based on its questionable authorship, scanty 60 day deadline, failure to involve any experienced grid stakeholders, and a memo from Perry that front-loaded the study in favor of coal.

President Trump has launched "Energy Week" to highlight the U.S.'s growing global energy dominance.

"You're taking a chainsaw to the innovation and loan programs that are critical for advanced nuclear and for helping finance the new large light-water reactors in the U.S.", Freed said.

Renewable energy advocates criticized the upcoming study for presupposing its conclusions, and they have produced their own research to counter the upcoming report (Energywire, June 27).

"For too long the federal government has put up restrictions and regulations that put this energy wealth out of reach".

"You're one of the more interesting EIA employees", he said, prompting laughter from the crowd. Mitchell pioneered the use of hydraulic fracturing technology, leading to the rise of the USA shale revolution, Perry said. "We are working to find the right balance so that we have a diverse supply of energy that's clean and affordable, and a grid that is safe and reliable".

"Do I believe that [renewable energy deployment] has impacted grid reliability? Trying to get the price up a little bit", Trump said. "I don't see any problems with reliability, and I say bring on more renewables".

Perry spoke with reporters about how he, Trump and the administration see their stated goal of "energy dominance", in which the USA goes beyond energy independence and starts actively competing on multiple global stages through self-sufficiency and exports of natural gas, oil, coal and other forms of energy.

Trump met with state and tribal leaders as well as energy industry association officials at the White House as part of "energy week".