Energy Secretary Rick Perry, who unlike fellow Governor Chris Christie, (R-N.J.), was able to attain an official role in the Trump Administration, stated on Thursday (Nov. 2) that fossil fuels prevent sexual assault in Africa. In trying to use crime prevention as a means of rationalizing the full-scale utilization of fossil fuels despite environmental objections, the former Texas Governor bannered fossil fuels as the answer to the sexual assault problem in South Africa. Perry's logical sequence, if one can call it that, was that fossil fuels provide light and that light prevents sexual assaults from occurring. The not-so-subtle implication was that full-scale utilization of fossil fuels is justified despite the likely environmental consequences that emanate from both from the extraction and usage of said fuels.

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Perry, who as recently as fourteen months ago was considered a likely candidate for the U.S. Senate, offered no statistical data to justify his claims that fossil fuels are the answer to the sexual assault crisis in Africa. He cited no studies by Harvard University or Yale University or the United States government or other credible sources. Instead, the one-time presidential candidate, who had to ask his opponents in the 2012 GOP Presidential Primary debate to remind him of his agenda for the country, quoted a little girl as the source of his claim. Perry explained that the little girl was grateful to the Trump Administration for all the fossil fuels that are being provided to her homeland in Africa. According to the much-contested Energy Secretary, the young girl claimed that because of fossil fuels, she no longer has to read by fires that give off dangerous fumes.

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Perry then claimed that the girl added, as a closing comment, "But also from the standpoint of sexual assault," according to ABC News on Thursday.

Perry offered no explanation of the fact that the little girl was using adult vocabulary and was aware of Africa's sexual assault crisis at such a young age. Perry continued his diatribe, stating, "When the lights are on, when you have light that shines, the righteousness, if you will, on those types of acts," according to ABC News on Thursday. Perry did not reveal whether or not he had shared his "findings" on fossil fuels with Attorney General Jeff Sessions and The Justice Department.

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The reaction against Perry was furious and swift. Marie Connor likened Perry to a "Do not eat" label on a "box of nails:"

Kyle Griffin quoted the Sierra Club and its call for Trump to resign over his comments about fossil fuels preventing sexual assault:

Red T Raccoon asked if he had "read this" (Perry's comment) or if he is "taking crazy pills:"

TrivWorks portrayed a man shaking his head, "No" along with the statement: "Whenever Rick Perry trends, without even trying:"

Finally, Rick Davila stated that Perry had replaced a "Nobel prize-winning physicist as Energy Secretary."