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Published: Sat, November 04, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Rick Perry Says Fossil Fuels Can Prevent Sexual Assault

Rick Perry Says Fossil Fuels Can Prevent Sexual Assault

His line of thinking appeared to center on the power of fossil fuels to generate light-presumably with lightbulbs?-and the false notion that sexual assault only takes place in the dark. According to Perry, she said she wanted electricity NOT ONLY because she wouldn't have to read by a fire's light, BUT ALSO because of sexual assault.

Rick Perry has claimed increasing fossil fuel use in Africa would help prevent sexual assaults following a recent trip where he was analysing the Energy Department's partnerships within the country.

Perry's head-scratcher of a suggestion came Thursday morning when he took part in an energy policy discussion hosted by Axios and NBC News. "I happen to think it's going to play a positive role". "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". He told journalists that he had met a young girl who said she read by the light of a fire.

"One person told him about how light can be a deterrent to sexual assault and security in remote areas".

The Department of Energy said Perry was only trying to highlight the ways electricity can improve the lives of people in Africa.

The Sierra Club, one of the nation's most powerful environmental groups, called Mr. Perry's comments "blatantly untrue".

Another "oops" moment for Rick Perry? "He does not deserve to hold office another day with these twisted ideas, and he should resign from his position immediately before he causes any more damage".

As we longtime Perry watchers know, the former governor and current USA energy secretary will never win any awards for being precise or even articulate in his public remarks.

He dropped out of the race after famously failing to recall the name of the agency he now heads, which he said he would abolish if elected.

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