The Lorax, a Holocaust Prophecy DVD, and Other Weird Stuff People Have Sent Rick Perry

An individual whose name was redacted and company listed as unknown gave Perry a hardcover copy of Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax, the urgent tale of a mustachioed environmentalist creature who speaks for the trees when greedy industrialists chop them down.

The next month, Perry proposed staggering cuts to the Energy Department’s budget, including completely eliminating funding for vital renewable energy research divisions.

Italian Socks

A person whose name was redacted and whose company was listed as unknown presented Perry with a box of black cotton Bresciani socks last September.

Climate Denier Books

In July, Laura Starks, the chief executive of the Texas-based energy consultancy Starks Energy Economics, gifted Perry a copy of The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels, a 2014 book by Alex Epstein, a self-described philosopher who boasts about debating environmentalists and being hired by to give talks to big oil and gas companies’ employees.

In October, Gregory Wrightstone, a geologist who made a name for himself in right-wing media refuting climate science, gave Perry a copy of his book Inconvenient Facts ― The Science That Al Gore Doesn’t Want You To Know.

Oil Fan Fiction

Author Kenneth Gray gave Perry eight copies of his 2002 book The Rock That Burns, a “political novel designed to inform readers of unknown or ignored facts regarding the potential of U.S. oil shale resources.

The plot is described on Amazon like this: “The negative impacts of no-growth environmentalists, the Bureau of Land Management, and the giant oil company consortiums on development of these resources is depicted through fictional characters. The Rock That Burns is the story of an economics professor, a journalist, a preacher, and an Air Force pilot who oppose U.S. energy policy for different reasons and are caught in a web of international intrigue.”

A Personalized Hard Hat

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt isn’t the only Cabinet member with his name on a hard hat. In October, National Mining Association Chairman Kevin Crutchfield gave Perry a white, plastic “Comfo-Cap” with his name in blue letters. The hard hat is valued at $65. That same day, Perry addressed members of the association at a breakfast sponsored by Japanese conglomerate Komatsu Mining Corp. at the Trump International Hotel in Washington.  

A Portrait Of Himself 

In November, the Federation of Asian-American Voters gave Perry a portrait of himself on canvas. He put the painting in a vault.

A Bill Clinton-Themed Adaptation of ‘Macbeth’

Two weeks before Christmas, Sam Griffith, a former justice on the Texas 12th Court of Appeals who became a preacher, presented Perry with a copy of his book MacClinton, an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” billed as “the tragedy of the Clintons.”

The cover of the play shows a red-nosed Bill Clinton wearing a gold crown and a red robe, smoking a cigar and looking mischievously at a similarly clothed Hillary Clinton, who is angrily pointing at a blue dress suit she’s holding on a hanger. The first scene opens in the “lingerie aisle of a department store” and features “three itches, who are obviously peroxide blondes with high, bouffant hairdos and large, silicone-enhanced chests, wearing lots of make-up and tight stretch clothes.”