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Trump cabinet member claims fossil fuel development will stop sexual assault

U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

In Thursday’s edition of WTF, Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry drew a parallel that basically no one could possibly have predicted. The former governor of Texas suggested that exporting more fossil fuels, which he equated with “righteousness,” could be a means of stopping sexual assault in Africa.

“It’s going to take fossil fuels to push power out into those villages in Africa, where a young girl told me to my face, ‘one of the reasons that electricity is so important to me is not only because I’m going to have to try to read by the light of a fire and have those fumes literally killing people,” said Perry, not bothering to specify what village, or country, in the continent he was referring to.

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

Perry, an infamous climate change denier who as recently as 2015 was paid a quarter of a million dollars to sit on the board of ETP, the company building the Dakota Access Pipeline, is also infamous for forgetting, during a 2011 presidential debate, that he wanted to abolish the Department of Energy, which he now heads. Ah yes, indeed, the best and brightest. Right about now, you could probably use a good laugh, so watch that unbelievable moment below.

Read the full story at The Hill.


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