United States energy secy says fossil fuels can help prevent sexual assault

Rick Perry Suggests Sexual Assault Can Be Prevented By Fossil Fuels Drew Angerer  Getty Images News  Getty Images

The social media backlash was swift and brutal after Energy Secretary Rick Perry today suggested that fossil fuels would play a "positive role" in preventing sexual assault in Africa.

Perry's statements came during a discussion about energy policy with Meet the Press host Chuck Todd and Axios CEO and founder Jim VandeHei.

He also said electricity would be a life-saving advantage in African villages.

NBC News added that the former Texas governor who ran for president twice also said that he does not believe that humans are the main drivers of climate change, telling the moderators: "I still think the science is out".

"Let me tell you where people are dying, is in Africa, because of the lack of energy they have there".

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- Skip (@SkipORourke1) November 2, 2017Rick Perry, a moron who thinks fossil fuels prevent sexual assault, replaced a Nobel Prize winning physicist as Energy Secretary. He said during a recent visit to Africa, a young girl told him electricity was important to her because she has to read by the light of a fire with noxious fumes.

Perry's remark comes amid an uproar over sexual-assault allegations against film mogul Harvey Weinstein that has spread to other industries and politics.

The Sierra Club called on Perry to resign.

Perry then brought up the aspect about having energy to keep the lights on could stop sexual assaults. Women, and particularly women of color, are among some of the most severely impacted by the climate crisis, and it is these same communities that are most at risk of sexual assault.

The Energy Department did not immediately respond to a question about reaction to Perry's comments.

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