Oil exec, lawmaker on shortlist for Trump Energy chief: report

Oil exec, lawmaker on shortlist for Trump Energy chief: report
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President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren defends, Buttigieg attacks in debate that shrank the field Five takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio Democrats debate in Ohio: Who came out on top? MORE is considering an oil billionaire and one of his top congressional supporters for the position of Energy secretary, The Associated Press reported Monday.

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The AP, citing transition planning documents, said Trump is eyeing Harold Hamm, an Oklahoma oil executive, and North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer (R) as possible heads of the Energy Department. Robert Grady, a venture capitalist who worked for President George H.W. Bush, is also under consideration to lead either the Energy or Interior department, the report said. 

Hamm, an early proponent of the hydraulic fracturing technology that has transformed the American oil and gas sector, has long been floated as a potential Trump cabinet appointment. 

He has advocated for fewer federal regulations on oil and natural gas production in the United States, a position long shared by Trump. 

Cramer emerged earlier this year as one of Trump’s closest congressional advisers, consulting him on energy and environmental policies. 

The North Dakota congressman, who easily won a third term in Congress last week, at one point debated energy policies on Trump’s behalf in October, hammering the Paris climate deal and pushing for energy policies that are more neutral to all sources. 

Cramer told a North Dakota columnist last week that an appointment to the Trump administration is “unlikely to happen.” He said, however, that he would “consider it prayerfully,” if offered.