The Department of Energy will not be run by a business, but by former Texas governor, Rick Perry, who did not display a good grasp of science while in college:
(The present Secretary has a doctorate in theoretical physics.)
As governor, Rick Perry pushed a $3-billion dollar state bond to finance cancer research. Predictably, the program was immediately subjected to questionable disbursements.
"Plagued by Scandal" (2015)
"Widening Scandal" (2012)
"Tarnished by Scandal" (2016)
This is not an isolated example. Under Perry's administrations, the State of Texas has underwritten many "events" such as Circuit of the Americas by granting money up front to promoters against their promise of sales tax revenue. For CoA, the State of Texas reduced the subsidy from $25 million to $19.5 million this year. (http://www.espn.com/f1/story/_/id/14103308/us-gp-future-doubt-texas-cuts-state-subsidy) Again, it is just the most newsworthy, not an isolated example.
Say what you will about Elon Musk, the Texas Automobile Dealers Association has been successful in contributing money to the Republicans in the legislature who made it illegal to buy a car directly from the manufacturer.
Houston Chronicle 2016
However, the state GOP at convention called for a change in the law. Whether that gets done -- and gets past the governor -- remains to be seen.
"Last summer, Gov. Greg Abbott told Bloomberg Radio that the state has “a very effective automobile sector that seems like it’s working quite well.”
When cars break down, they need repair, the Republican governor noted. Abbott questioned the ability of Tesla, maker of a niche product, to provide that service. Tesla wants to have regional service centers, saying its cars rarely break down."
I love living in Texas. It is the greatest state in the union. But it is not the government that makes it that way, it is the people, the common culture. You cannot bottle that or pass a law to make it happen. It evolved organically. It was unplanned. I am not alone in liking it that way. (But we do have planners.... and Rick Perry is one of them...)
I just caution readers here not to endorse the gang of the moment in Washington, just because they are beating up on the previous gang.