Can American ingenuity and vast stores of energy make the world a better place? Rick Perry thinks so.

The U.S. energy secretary brought his sunny outlook and enthusiasm for technological innovation to CERAWeek by IHS Markit, extolling the dramatic advances made by the U.S. oil and gas, and renewable sectors, as well as chiding global rivals Russia and China for their disregard for international law and the sanctity of contracts. And during a press conference on March 13, he even expressed a willingness to talk to U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) to discuss her Green New Deal resolution.

“Through this cascade of innovation, we’re producing a wider range of fuels, more abundantly, more affordably,” said Perry, whose department oversees the country’s 17 national laboratories, during opening remarks. “We’re using them more cleanly, more efficiently than ever.”

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