Did Rick Perry Really Say Fossil Fuels Can Prevent Sexual Assault

It's not a gush, but certainly a trickle in my news feed today, about comments Rick Perry made about the benefits of electricity. Such a boring topic. Why is this making news?

Because according to the media he said fossil fuels can prevent sexual assault.

Would Rick Perry, (who don't get me wrong, has elements about him that make him seem dumb), really say something that stupid?

I had to investigate. Here's the full quote of what Rick Perry said as Axios reported it:

"I just got back from Africa, I'm going to finish up with this, because I think I heard a lady say there are people dying. Let me tell you where people are dying, is in Africa, because of the lack of energy they have there. And 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 not going to have to try to read by the light of a fire and have those fumes literally killing people.' But also 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. So from the standpoint of how you really affect people's lives, fossil fuels is going to play a role in that. I happen to think it's going to play a positive role."

Here's the long and short of all of this:

  1. Rick Perry's zeal for the benefits of electricity seem to be a little bit of a stretch
  2. For the media to say that "Rick Perry says fossil fuels can prevent sexual assault," seems like even more of a stretch

My advice for the secretary: organize your thoughts better next time.

My advice for the media: stick to things that actually matter.

Jason Griffin (hey, that's me!) is a politically independent blogger and podcaster who is often wrong but insists on writing about politics anyway. If you enjoyed this post, please help support my work by following me on Facebook here.