Energy Secretary Rick Perry suggested Thursday that expanding the use of fossil fuels could help prevent sexual assault.
The former Texas governor was addressing the future of the energy sector on Thursday during a policy discussion with “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd and Axios CEO and founder Jim VandeHei when he claimed that expanding fossil fuel exports would play a “positive role.”
During a recent trip to Africa, Perry says he met a young girl who 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.
“So from the standpoint of how you really affect people’s lives, fossil fuels is going to play a role in that,” he added.
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Perry also said that he thinks climate change is real and that humans do “have an impact on it,” but added that he “still think(s) the science is out on” how much of a role people play.
President Trump has called for expanding domestic production of fossil fuels for export.