This is an interesting rumor that Kallanish Reports is reporting. Harold Hamm has been a big supporter of Trump from the beginning. We would certainly have an energy policy that will protect American security as well as enable our oil and gas industry to realize its full potential.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is considering nominating Continental Resources founder/CEO Harold Hamm as energy secretary if elected on Nov. 8, four sources close to Trump’s campaign told Reuters.
Hamm would be the first U.S. energy secretary picked directly from the oil and gas industry since the cabinet position was created 39 years ago, Kallanish Energy learns.
Dan Eberhart, an oil investor and Republican financier, told Reuters he had been told by officials in Trump’s campaign that Hamm, who has been an informal advisor to Trump on energy policy since at least May, was “the leading contender” for the position.
Eberhart said he had discussed the possible appointment with top donors at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this week, where Trump was formally nominated as the party’s candidate in the Nov. 8 presidential election.
Three other sources close to the Trump campaign confirmed to Reuters Trump were considering Hamm for the post. None of the sources was aware of who else Trump may be considering for the job.
Hamm addressed the Republican convention Wednesday night, calling for expanded drilling and said too much environmental regulation threatened to limit U.S. oil production and increase the country’s dependence on Middle Eastern oil producers.
“Every time we can’t drill a well in America, terrorism is being funded,” Hamm told the crowd. “Every onerous regulation puts American lives at risk.”
Past heads of the DOE have typically had a political or academic background.