Even as practically every other nation on Earth believes climate change is real and is working on expanding various forms green energy, while moving away from the fossil fuels of the past, the United States has a “presidential” administration which seems to think clean coal is actually clean and that climate change is a hoax created by the Chinese.
While that sounds like great material for a hilarious sketch on Saturday Night Live, unfortunately, that’s not a joke.
Nor am I joking when I say Rick Perry, our current Secretary of Energy, told people at an event on Thursday that fossil fuels can prevent sexual assault.
As reported by CBS News:
During an event with Axios and NBC in Washington, D.C., Perry brought up sexual assault after launching into a story about a trip to Africa, where he said “people are dying” because they don’t have access to energy.
“And it’s going to take fossil fuels to push power out into those villages in Africa, where a young girl said to my face, ‘One of the reasons that electricity is so important to me is not only because I’m not going to have to try and read by the light of a fire and have those fumes literally kill people,” Perry said.
He continued: “But also from the standpoint of sexual assault. When the lights are on, when you have light that shines, the righteousness, if you will, on those types of acts.”
Ignoring the outrageous reality that the current United States Secretary of Energy is trying to sell fossil fuels by claiming that they’ll help prevent sexual assault, Perry’s argument is flawed from the get-go because any form of energy can provide light.
Wind, solar, water — they can all provide the energy needed to provide light for people lacking electricity.
So this idea that fossil fuels are the only way the impoverished people of Africa can gain access to energy and electricity isn’t even accurate. In fact, I could easily argue that providing these poor people with green forms of energy is actually easier, and much more sustainable in the long-term, because once solar panels or wind turbines are installed — our planet isn’t going to run out of wind or sun light.
At least not for a few billion years.
I’d also like to point out that sexual assault remains an issue all over this country, as well as in practically every developed nation on the planet, where there’s more than enough access to fossil fuels.
Then again, this is Rick Perry we’re talking about here. A guy who once said Americans don’t have freedom from religion, actually bragged about the number of uninsured citizens of his state while he was governor of Texas, and during the 2012 election famously forgot two of the departments he said he’d eliminate as president. (Fun fact: He’s currently the secretary of one of them).
In other words, Perry isn’t exactly known much for his intellect. That’s likely why he’s a two-time failed Republican candidate for president who didn’t even make it to the first debate before dropping out this last election.