Tell Rick Perry to Stop Lying About Coal

Target: Rick Perry, U.S. Secretary of Energy

Goal: Tell the truth about the risks of coal and benefits of renewable energy.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry recently initiated a review of U.S. energy policies under the guise of ensuring the reliability of the power grid, but the move has been seen as a means of propping up the coal industry at the behest of President Trump. Perry begins the call for assessment by wrongly assuming that “baseload power [like coal and nuclear] is necessary to a well-functioning electric grid.” But unfortunately this belief puts renewable energy in the crosshairs, as the increase in variable energy sources like wind and solar mean the grid will need to become more flexible, and rely ever-less on always-on baseload plants.

Because renewable energy is becoming cheaper by the day, fossil fuel advocates can’t attack wind and solar based on price, so they have fabricated reliability as a problem to be solved with coal, gas, and oil. However, the true victor in the war on coal has been natural gas, and Perry has no evidence to cite renewables as posing reliability issues because none exists. In his home state of Texas, for example, more wind energy has coincided with an increase in reliability. And to ensure his war on renewables is won, Perry has hired a right-wing ideologue from a “free market think tank” to conduct the review.

As Trump appointees undermine the growing movement away from dirty, climate-disrupting fossil fuels, they have continued to threaten basic facts and scientific integrity to support their selfish motives. Sign this petition to tell Secretary Perry that his baseless arguments for the government support of fossil fuels will not be tolerated, and that the American people expect the goals of clean air and water to come before those of dirty big business.


Dear Secretary Perry,

Your recent initiative to review the U.S. energy grid has been seen as a naked ploy to undermine the movement toward renewable energy under the guise of ensuring grid reliability and national security. This is a natural conclusion when your review begins with the severely flawed assumption that “baseload power is necessary to a well-functioning electric grid,” so of course you then suggest that renewable energy is a threat to the reliability of the U.S. electricity supply, and blame federal subsidies for distorting the power market. To top it off, you’ve appointed a right-wing ideologue from a conservative think tank to conduct the so-called review.

These arguments are spurious at best and diabolical at worst; they have no basis in fact or science, and instead rely on Republican ideology supported by the monied touch of corporate interests. In states where wind energy has been growing, like your home state of Texas, renewable energy adoption has coincided with increased grid reliability, and federal subsidies and support prop up fossil fuels at least as much as they do renewables. In short, your views are wrong and counterproductive to the purported goal of your review.

The mission of the Department of Energy is to “ensure America’s security and prosperity,” but your recent efforts are doing a great disservice to this aim. Looking at the facts, one can easily see that renewables are the better path toward clean generation, grid reliability, and energy independence for our country. I hope that even you can see that, and that you will use your position to advance the true goals of your department, rather than your own harmful ideology.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. “Politicians and diapers must be changed often, and for the same reason.” ― Mark Twain

  2. Coal is not our future and Mr Perry, and the entire Trump administration knows this, they just don’t want to accept it because they believe they can get more money out of coal. The future of our country and planet depends on a move to renewable energy sources to power our planet. Oil will always have a place because of the many petroleum based products we now rely on, but we do not need to rely on coal, one of the most polluting forms of energy, and we need to put our money into developing renewable alternatives. The Chinese and others are going to walk all over us monetarily with their jump ahead into the renewable sources market. It’s time to give up coal.

    • You are so full of stupidity it is amazing. Who the hell do you think is running this show?? That is right the Lord. He decides what happens here not us. The show isn’t over till the fat lady sings bitch!!

  3. Kathryn Irby says:

    Demand that Rick Perry stop lying about the coal industry, supporting it, despite the fact that coal kills–NOW!!! Human Welfare Over Profits!!

  4. Mr. Perry, coal is a moribund industry of the past, and no amount of lying to the public will change that. If you don’t believe me, look to large coal companies from Kentucky to India which are turning to solar power to cut costs and employ displaced miners. Solar is the future. Would you rather work in a filthy coal mine in a dying industry and yourself end up dying early from black lung disease, or would you rather work outdoors in a healthy environment in the rapidly-expanding solar industry? DUH- not a very hard choice there Mr. Perry.

  5. I can no longer support Trump and his  Republican puppets now that they have pulled the US out of the Paris climate agreement.
    I voted for Trump but i am sorry i did.
    He is a monstrosity.
    He and the Republicans care only to make corporations richer at the expense of ruining the lives of the American people and the planet that we all live on.
    I as an American patriot will do everything i can to support activest groups who are dedicated to un-seating all lawmakers in all future elections who support Trumps actions.

    • Alicia LaHaie says:

      Glad to hear it West Smith. Hopefully all of the other Trump supporters will open their eyes to what is going on in the White House too!

  6. He might not be lying, just stupid enough, to know not better.

  7. don hughes says:

    Most coal miners are low income, low education level people who have little options in terms of gaining new skills. If we had a government who was truly concerned about a clean environment and human health, they would provide these people with new skills and economic opportunities instead of exacerbating the problem. “Politicians and diapers must be changed often, and for the same reason.” ― Mark Twain

    • Susan Fong says:

      Instead of subsidizing the coal industry which has already made billions of dollars while polluting our air, water, and soil, that money could be used to re-train coal miners to enter clean, renewable energy industries. Renewable energy industries continue to expand and innovate. They need reliable workers. Coal miners could fill that need while we also protect the environment and conserve natural resources.

  8. Susan Fong says:

    The real reason behind Donald Trump, Rick Perry, and other Republicans unending support of the fossil fuel industry is because the fossil fuel industry contributes millions of dollars to Republican politicians. So the Republicans will continue to protect the fossil fuel industry while allowing our air, water, and land to be contaminated. Unlike coal, renewable energy industries create jobs and do NOT pollute the environment in the process.

  9. Rick Perry is just another RICH politician who gets tons of money from big businesses! We need to get all these long-time career politicians outa there!

  10. Heather Brophy says:

    The entire White House needs to get out of the sand box and get with it! Remember, we have to pay you!

  11. Selena Brooks says:

    It’s not ” Lying ? ” it’s ass ? ing which this administration gets an A+ for !

  12. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    alright ricky u must stop lying about coal!

  13. Coal is death! See Germany!

    Long live solar power! It is in its infant stage and require more funds to refine this everlasting energy. Units must become smaller and affordable – review the evolution of the computer. 100 years ago it required rooms to house a unit, now it can be held in one hand.

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