Rick Perry to be Head of Department of Energy

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Energy production is an important driver of our economic and technological future.

That’s why I am glad that President-elect Trump has selected my good friend Rick Perry to run the Department of Energy.

I’ve known Rick since he was Lieutenant Governor of Texas in 1998 and I’ve seldom met anybody who has shown a greater capacity for leadership.

By fighting tax increases and expanded regulations, he kept Texas a destination state for businesses and an engine of job growth. During the economic downturn, nearly 1/3 of all private sector jobs were created in Texas, many of which were in the energy sector.

Which is exactly what makes Rick such an outstanding choice for the Department of Energy.
Yes, I am aware of him infamously calling for the department to be shut down. However, that was because he felt that he and his fellow Texans had a handle on energy production in their state and he did not feel the federal government needed to infringe upon that.

But now, he will get a chance to share Texas’s successful economic and energy strategies with the rest of the country.
And fear not, alternative energy advocates. For those of you who are so worried about what Rick’s approach to energy will be, let Hudson Clean Energy CEO, Neil Auerbach put your mind at ease.

As Mr. Auerbach wrote at CNBC.com Wednesday regarding Rick’s energy record while Governor of Texas, “During his tenure, natural gas production climbed 50 percent, while oil production soared by 260 percent. However, the growth of the wind industry under Perry’s tenure was even more dramatic, growing from only 116 megawatts of production in 2000 to over 11,000 megawatts in 2013.”

Auerbach added that, “If Texas was a country, it would rank as the fifth largest producer of wind power in the world,” while praising the former Governor’s “pragmatic approach to economic growth with energy at its core.”

That’s precisely what we need: a practical voice with the experience and knowledge to guide our energy policy in the right direction.

As you can see, under Rick’s leadership, Texas did produce a lot of oil and natural gas, but wind power grew exponentially as well. That is because he understands that all energy options should be on the table and we should be willing to use anything that produces positive results.
That is the strategy of a forward thinking, market-oriented individual, who truly comprehends that results matter more than intent or ideology.

President-elect Trump promised a no-nonsense, businesslike approach to government and by putting Rick in charge of the Department of Energy, he continues to show that his words are more than just hollow rhetoric.

I’m excited for my friend and look forward to the terrific job he will do in making America’s energy policies and production great again!

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Last Dog At The Shelter Receives The Sweetest Farewell Party

One shelter is ending 2016 on a very happy note.

Thursday marked the first time the Hawaiian Humane Society in Honolulu adopted out all of the animals in its shelter.

As seen in the video below, Beauty the dog was the very last animal to be adopted that day, so volunteers formed a human tunnel to bid their furry friend adieu.

“It was the first time in Hawaiian Humane history that our shelter has cleared out all the animals available for adoption,” Suzy Tam, communications coordinator for the shelter, told The Huffington Post.

Beauty was obviously in a happy daze.

On Wednesday, the Hawaiian Humane Society announced its “Clear the Shelter” campaign, an initiative to get the community to adopt all its available rescue animals before the new year. Under the four-day program, any person who adopts a pet before New Year’s Day will have all adoption fees waived.

Tam said the Hawaiian Humane Society wanted to energize its adoption efforts and find homes for its available shelter animals so that it could free up resources to take care of the more than 270 dogs they rescued from an abusive animal shelter back in October.

Most of those recently rescued animals, Tam explained, aren’t ready for adoption, but they do require a lot of extra time and care.

The adoption event turned out to be extremely successful and, on Thursday, a woman identified by the Hawaiian Humane Society as Jan visited the shelter and welcomed its very last pooch into her own family.

“The community has been amazing,” Tam told HuffPost. “They’ve just been supportive and wanting to adopt, so we’ve been really fortunate.”

Of course, the shelter didn’t stay empty for long after Beauty’s adoption.

Since the Hawaiian Humane Society has an open-admissions policy (which means it will never turn away an animal that is dropped off at its shelter), it can receive up to 65 new animals every day, Tam told HuffPost.

Fifteen animals were brought to the shelter Friday, but by the end of the day, all but three had been adopted, according to Tam.

An estimated 7.6 million animals are dropped off at animal shelters across the U.S. every year, but only 2.7 million are adopted, according to statistics gathered by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

What’s more, only 35 percent of dogs that enter a shelter are adopted into new families, ASPCA reported.

So if you’re considering adding a member to your family, avoid abusive puppy mills and adopt a companion animal from a shelter.

Look how happy it’s made Beauty and Jan!

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17 New Year's Eve Weddings That Are Cause For Celebration

Toss the confetti, pop the champagne and grab a festive hat ― it’s time for a New Year’s Eve wedding! 

Below, 17 photos of couples who rang in the new year with a damn good party and lots and lots of love. 

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