GOP maverick Donald Trump recently stated that he would love to host former Alaska governor Sarah Palin in his administration if he were elected. Palin, who is a supporter of what Trump is doing for the Republican party, responded by claiming there’s one position in particular she’d love to lead: the Department of Energy.
“Energy is my baby,” Palin stated in an interview with CNN’s Jake Trapper. “Oil and gas and minerals, those things that God has dumped on this part of the Earth for mankind’s use instead of us relying on unfriendly foreign nations.”
Palin also added that if she were the head of the department, she’d “get rid of it” and “let the states start having more control over the lands within their boundaries.” Palin stated that it would be a short-term job for her, but it would be great to have someone who is pro-energy and pro-responsible development.
Funny enough, by the sounds of her response, Palin doesn’t know what the department she’d eradicate actually does. As a Vox report points out, the DOE mainly oversees the nation’s nuclear weapons program — a task consuming nearly half its budget — runs the national labs and conducts energy R&D.
The current Energy Secretary, Ernest Moniz, is literally a nuclear physicist. The GOP’s 2008 vice presidential nominee is actually thinking about the Department of the Interior, which oversees the nation’s natural resources. In addition, only Congress could do away with the Department of Energy.
Trump may want someone with “strong character” as he described Palin, but he may also want to recruit folks that know a bit about government agencies.