Trump’s Energy Secretary Rick Perry: Fossil Fuels Will Prevent Sexual Assault


Donald Trump’s Energy Secretary Rick Perry suggested Thursday that expanding the use of fossil fuels could help prevent sexual assault – because as we all know, people are never sexually assaulted or raped if the lights are left on. Or something. With so many sexual assault allegations lately following the Harvey Weinstein scandal, Perry decided to weigh in, unfortunately.

The Hill reports:

Speaking during an energy policy discussion about energy policy with “Meet the Press’” Chuck Todd and Axios CEO and founder Jim VandeHei, Perry discussed his recent trip to Africa. He said a young girl told him that energy is important to her because she often reads by the light of a fire with toxic fumes.

“But also from the standpoint of sexual assault,” Perry said. “When the lights are on, when you have light that shines, the righteousness, if you will on those types of acts.”

“I think it’s (fossil fuels) going to play a positive role,” he said. You heard it here first, folks. Fossil fuels prevent sexual and rape.

Just to be clear; when a woman or a man is raped, it’s the fault of the rapist. When someone is sexually assaulted, it’s the fault of the attacker. It has nothing to do with fossil fuels, coal or nuclear energy. I can’t believe we have to explain this in 2017, but there’s an admitted sexual predator in the White House and he is Perry’s boss so the former Texas governor might be a bit confused.

During Perry’s recent trip to Africa, he criticized the Obama Administration for “discriminating” against the nuclear and coal industries. Employment in the coal industry has been declining for decades. Workers in the coal industry have been sold a lie by the Trump administration.

And none of this has to do with sexual assault.

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