Fossil fuels ‘prevent sexual assault’, says US Energy Secretary
Rick Perry said attacks are less likely to occur under the ‘righteousness’ of electric light
“Perry, who last month travelled to Cape Town, South Africa, to discuss oil and gas partnerships in Africa, today tied the sexual assault issue to the lack of electricity on the continent,” ABC News reports.
"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 said. “So from the standpoint of how you really affect people's lives, fossil fuels is going to play a role in that.”
The Sierra Club, an environmental group, said Perry’s statement was “blatantly untrue” and called it “an inexcusable attempt to minimise a serious and pervasive issue”, the BBC reports.
“Rick Perry’s attempt to exploit this struggle to justify further dangerous fossil fuel development is unacceptable,” said Sierra Club director, Michael Brune. “He should resign from his position immediately before he causes any more damage.”