US Energy Secretary Rick Perry steps down

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US Energy Secretary Rick Perry spent his last day in the office on Monday after nearly three years of overseeing the country's nuclear programs and domestic energy policy.

“Just finished my last official duties at the @WhiteHouse. What a great ride it has been!! Thanks to all. Happy Holidays & God Bless,” Perry tweeted.

Perry, who’s the former governor of Texas and a close aide of US President Donald Trump, joined the current administration in 2017. He announced his resignation in October after getting pulled into a Democratic-led impeachment inquiry of Trump’s actions in Ukraine.

Perry, a fierce supporter of the US liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry, joined office at a time when the US shale industry began showing signs of revival after a two-year downturn in oil prices. Under his tenure, the US overtook Russia and Saudi Arabia to become the world’s largest oil producer.

“Gone are the days of America's crippling dependence on foreign energy sources. True energy independence is finally within our grasp and we are exporting more of our energy to our allies,” Perry wrote in an opinion article for CNBC last year.

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