U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry is being questioned about his interactions with Ukrainian officials in light of President Donald Trump's phone call to the president. (Chris Carlson / AP)

Rick Perry currently serves as the 14th U.S. Secretary of Energy. Latest news reports rumor that he is expected to announce his resignation from the administration by the end of November.

What Happened?

Politico says Perry is expected to be replaced by deputy energy secretary Dan Brouillette, according to three people familiar with the matter, who requested anonymity.

Perry, who has aggressively promoted Trump’s fossil fuel agenda, will be ending his run as one of the longest-serving cabinet members in a tumultuous administration.

Why It Matters

Under Perry’s direction, the agency has tried and failed to prop up struggling coal and nuclear power plants, and has energetically trumpeted oil and gas development while overseeing plans to reduce funding for wind, solar and other forms of renewable energy.

Perry has often touted natural gas’s role in cutting U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, even though he was criticized by Democrats and environmentalists for rejecting the scientific data showing carbon dioxide was the main factor in driving climate change.

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