With just over a month to go until he is sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump continues to add to his cabinet. While the country awaits who will be chosen as Secretary of State, the president-elect has just nominated his energy secretary.

Perry on board

During the 2012 Republican primary, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry stood on the debate stage and was ready to list the three departments of government that he would eliminate if he became president.

"I would do away with Education, the...Commerce...Commerce and, let’s see," Perry said, before throwing in the towel by stating, "I can’t. The third one, I can't. Sorry, oops." The third department Perry wanted to dismantle was the Department of Energy, which ironically is the position that he will reportedly be running in the near future. According to CBS News on December 12, Donald Trump has made his decision.

Two sources close to the situation have informed CBS News that Rick Perry will soon be named the new head of the Department of Energy. Trump's selection of Perry comes as the former Texas governor beats out Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, and top fundraiser to the president-elect's campaign, Ray Washbrune.

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As also noted by CBS News, Perry might have a conflict of interest that could be an issue during Senate confirmation. The former governor sits on the board of two major corporations, with one being Energy Transfer Partners. The company "has a subsidiary known as Dakota Access LLC, which is attempting to build the Dakota Access Pipeline."

Pipeline problem

The pipeline has been a major news story for some time, mostly gaining traction on social media, as Native Americans have argued that the oil would run through their sacred lands and cause potential catastrophic damage in the future.

Donald Trump addressed the issue of the pipeline, telling Fox News on Sunday that he would "solve it very quickly" once he was sworn into office on January 20.

Moving forward

While Donald Trump continues to fill out the rest of his cabinet, questions continue to mount over Russian interference in the election. The CIA released the findings of their recent investigation which concluded that the Russians hacked the election in favor of Trump, though the former host of "The Apprentice" has denied any wrongdoing.

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