Trump picks Energy Department opponent Rick Perry for Energy Secretary: Sources

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President-elect Donald Trump has selected former Texas Gov. Rick Perry — who famously once forgot that he wanted to abolish the Energy Department — to be secretary of energy, two sources familiar with the transition process told NBC News on Monday night.

Perry, a rival of Trump's during the Republican presidential nominating campaign, met with Trump for about 90 minutes earlier in the day at Trump Tower in New York.

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OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - MAY 21: Former Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks during the 2015 Southern Republican Leadership Conference May 21, 2015 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. About a dozen possible presidential candidates will join the conference and lobby for supports from Republican voters. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
DES MOINES, IA - MAY 16: Former Texas Governor Rick Perry greets guests at the Republican Party of Iowa's Lincoln Dinner at the Iowa Events Center on May 16, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa. The event sponsored by the Republican Party of Iowa gave several Republican presidential hopefuls an opportunity to strengthen their support among Iowa Republicans ahead of the 2016 Iowa caucus. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
GREENVILLE, SC - MAY 09: Former Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks at the Freedom Summit on May 9, 2015 in Greenville, South Carolina. Perry joined eleven other potential candidates in addressing the event hosted by conservative group Citizens United. (Photo by Richard Ellis/Getty Images)
WAUKEE, IA - APRIL 25: Former Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks to guests gathered at the Point of Grace Church for the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition 2015 Spring Kickoff on April 25, 2015 in Waukee, Iowa. The Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition, a conservative Christian organization, hosted 9 potential contenders for the 2016 Republican presidential nominations at the event. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
NASHUA, NH - APRIL 17: Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Summit April 17, 2015 in Nashua, New Hampshire. The Summit brought together local and national Republicans and was attended by all the Republicans candidates as well as those eyeing a run for the nomination. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)
NASHUA, NH - APRIL 17: Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former New York Gov. George Pataki greet each other at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Summit April 17, 2015 in Nashua, New Hampshire. The Summit brought together local and national Republicans and was attended by all the Republicans candidates as well as those eyeing a run for the nomination. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - APRIL 10: Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks during the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum at the 2015 NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits on April 10, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. The annual NRA meeting and exhibit runs through Sunday. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Rick Perry, former governor of Texas, speaks during an event to formally announce his presidential campaign in a hangar at Addison Airport in Addison, Texas, U.S., on Thursday, June 4, 2015. Perry today announced his second bid for the U.S. presidency, seeking to rehabilitate his image nationally after a series of stumbles and gaffes ended his campaign in 2012. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
SUMMERVILLE, SC - JANUARY 12: Republican presidential candidate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry greets greets workers at Guerin's Pharmacy and soda fountain on January 12, 2012 in Summerville, South Carolina. Guerin's is the oldest pharmacy in South Carolina, founded in 1871. Voters in South Carolina will head to the polls on January 21st. to vote in the primary election to pick their choice for U.S. presidential candidate. (Photo by Richard Ellis/Getty Images)
Texas Governor Rick Perry in Beverly Hills on Tuesday morning, February 12, 2013 talks about his campaign to lure California businesses to Texas. (Photo by Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
BOONE, IA - DECEMBER 31: Republican presidential hopeful Texas governor Rick Perry speaks during a campaign stop at The Gigglin' Goat on December 31, 2011 in Boone, Iowa. With less than one week before the Iowa caucuses, Rick Perry is continuing his bus tour through Iowa. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
BUDA, TX - NOVEMBER 2: Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry speaks to supporters at the Victory Texas and Republican Party of Texas election night watch party at the Texas Disposal Systems Exotic Game Ranch on November 2, 2010 in Buda, Texas. Gov. Perry has been elected to his third term by defeating Democratic challenger Bill White. (Photo by Ben Sklar/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - APRIL 9: Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks to delegates at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, April 9, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Many of the Republican Party's most prominent members will be speaking at the conference which runs from April 8-11. (Photo by Cheryl Gerber/Getty Images)
US President George W. Bush (L) participates in a briefing on Hurricane Ike damage with Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) at Ellington Field in Houston, Texas, September 16, 2008. Bush travelled to The hurricane affected areas to reassure residents that the government would work as quickly as possible to restore normality to Texas. AFP PHOTO/Jim WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Rick Perry (R) Governor of Texas speaks during a press conference offered at US Embassy in Mexico City, 24 June 2004. Perry declared that his Government takes the cases of Mexican in the death road in Texas 'very very seriously, every one of those cases are reviewed by my office and by me personally before they go forward. At left, the US Ambassador in Mexico, Tony Garza. AFP PHOTO/Omar TORRES (Photo credit should read OMAR TORRES/AFP/Getty Images)
393611 04: Governor Tomas Yarrington (L) of the state of Tamaulipas, Mexico, and Texas Governor Rick Perry listen to remarks during the U.S. and Mexico Border Summit August, 22, 2001 in Edinburg, TX. (Photo by Alicia Wagner Calzada/Getty Images)
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Perry dropped out of the race and endorsed Sen. Ted Cruz, a fellow Texan. Before he left the race, he denounced Trump's candidacy as "a cancer on conservatism" and criticized Trump, himself, as a "barking carnival act."

By May, however, as it became clearer that Trump was likely to win the Republican nomination, Perry had retreated from his criticism, saying that "I will be open to any way I can help" and that "I believe that Donald Trump should be our guy."

Perry also ran for president in 2012, which led to a gaffe during a debate in November 2011 in which he forgot that he'd named the Energy Department — the agency Trump now wants him to head — as one of three Cabinet departments he'd eliminate. The memory loss became known as Perry's "oops" moment.

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Rick Perry, former governor of Texas and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, pauses while speaking to the media in the spin area after a televised forum ahead of the first Republican presidential debate at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015. Seven candidates in the forum, hosted by Fox News and Facebook Inc. in conjunction with the Ohio Republican Party, were omitted from the prime-time debate stage after they didn't make the top 10 of an average of the five most recent national polls as recognized by Fox News. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Rick Perry, former governor of Texas and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, speaks to the media in the spin area after a televised forum ahead of the first Republican presidential debate at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015. Seven candidates in the forum, hosted by Fox News and Facebook Inc. in conjunction with the Ohio Republican Party, were omitted from the prime-time debate stage after they didn't make the top 10 of an average of the five most recent national polls as recognized by Fox News. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
CLEVELAND, OH - AUGUST 06: Rebulican presidential candidate Rick Perry fields a question during a presidential forum hosted by FOX News and Facebook at the Quicken Loans Arena August 6, 2015 in Cleveland, OH. Seven GOP candidates were selected to participate in the forum based on their rank in an average of the five most recent national political polls. The top ten polling Republican candidates will participate in a debate following the forum. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 29: Former Texas Governor and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry speaks at the Yale Club on July 29, 2015 in New York City. The GOP presidential candidate gave a talk to a lunch crowd on what his economic policies are and his vision for Wall Street reform. Perry's economic proposals are to the left of many of the other GOP presidential candidates. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
AMES, IA - JULY 18: Republican presidential candidate and former Texas Governor Rick Perry fields questions at The Family Leadership Summit at Stephens Auditorium on July 18, 2015 in Ames, Iowa. According to the organizers the purpose of The Family Leadership Summit is to inspire, motivate, and educate conservatives. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
AMES, IA - JULY 18: Republican presidential candidate and former Texas Governor Rick Perry fields questions at The Family Leadership Summit at Stephens Auditorium on July 18, 2015 in Ames, Iowa. According to the organizers the purpose of The Family Leadership Summit is to inspire, motivate, and educate conservatives. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JULY 2: Former Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, candidate for president, prepares to address the National Press Club's Newsmaker Luncheon on his economic plan, July 2, 2015. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
DENVER, CO - JUNE 27: Rick Perry speaks during the Western Conservative Summit at the Colorado Convention Center on June 27, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. The Western Conservative Summit attracts thousands of conservatives and a number of prominent politicians; this year the lineup includes Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, Carly Fiorina, Ben Carson, and Scott Walker. (Photo by Theo Stroomer/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JUNE 27: Rick Perry speaks during the Western Conservative Summit at the Colorado Convention Center on June 27, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. The Western Conservative Summit attracts thousands of conservatives and a number of prominent politicians; this year the lineup includes Rick Santorum, Mike Huckabee, Carly Fiorina, Ben Carson, and Scott Walker. (Photo by Theo Stroomer/Getty Images)
BOONE, IA - JUNE 06: Republican presidential hopefulFormer Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks at a Roast and Ride event hosted by freshman Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) on June 6, 2015 in Boone, Iowa. Ernst is hoping the event, which featured a motorcycle tour, a pig roast, and speeches from several 2016 presidential hopefuls, becomes an Iowa Republican tradition. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Rick Perry, former governor of Texas and 2016 U.S. presidential candidate, waves as he arrives to speak during the inaugural Roast and Ride in Boone, Iowa, U.S., on Saturday, June 6, 2015. Senator Joni Ernst, a Republican from Iowa, hosted the inaugural Roast and Ride event which featured a 38-mile ride from a Des Moines Harley Davidson dealership to the Central Iowa Expo where seven current and potential Republican presidential candidates are expected to participate. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Rick Perry, former governor of Texas, speaks during an event to formally announce his presidential campaign in a hangar at Addison Airport in Addison, Texas, U.S., on Thursday, June 4, 2015. Perry today announced his second bid for the U.S. presidency, seeking to rehabilitate his image nationally after a series of stumbles and gaffes ended his campaign in 2012. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
DALLAS, TEXAS - JUNE 4: Former Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks to supporters after announcing that he will run for president in 2016 June 4, 2015 in Dallas, Texas. Rick Perry is the tenth Republican to join the race for president in 2016, and also ran for the presidency in 2012. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 02: Former Texas Governor Rick Perry and Republican presidential candidate speaks during the Rick Scott's Economic Growth Summit held at the Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Convention Center on June 2, 2015 in Orlando, Florida. Many of the leading Republican presidential candidates are scheduled to speak during the event. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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As governor, Perry championed the oil industry, questioning science that shows that greenhouse gas emissions contribute to climate change and deriding what he called "the secular carbon cult."

At a presidential town hall in 2011, he said, "I think there are a substantial number of scientists who have manipulated data so that they will have dollars rolling into their projects."

Perry is also likely to be questioned during confirmation hearings about the Dakota Access Pipeline. He serves on the board of directors of Energy Transfer Partners, the company building the controversial project near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation.

The Obama administration recently denied part of the pipeline that would run beneath the Missouri River, the main source of drinking water for the tribe, meaning the project is temporarily on hold.

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