If you wanted any additional proof that the Trump administration is the political embodiment of the Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels traditional Dumb and Dumber, right here it’s: Energy Secretary Rick Perry mentioned Thursday that fossil fuels might help forestall badual badault by retaining the lights on.
No, this isn’t a joke. No, you didn’t by accident stumble onto The Onion.
Perry was talking about vitality coverage with Meet the Press host Chuck Todd and Axios founder and CEO Jim VandeHei. According to The Hill, Perry was discussing his current journey to Africa and mentioned a younger lady advised him that vitality is essential to her as a result of she usually reads by the sunshine of a fireplace with poisonous fumes.
“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,” Perry mentioned. “Let me inform you the place persons are dying, is in Africa, due to the dearth of vitality they’ve there.
“And it’s going to take fossil fuels to push energy out into these villages in Africa, the place a younger lady advised me to my face, ‘One of the reasons that electricity is so important to me is not only because I’m not going to need to attempt to learn by the sunshine of a fireplace and have these fumes actually killing folks.’ But additionally from the standpoint of badual badault,” Perry continued.
“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,” the vitality secretary concluded.
Good sir, are you actually critical proper now?
As it all the time is with folks on this administration who speak out of the edges of their necks, the Department of Energy instantly sought to “clarify” Perry’s remarks.
Energy Department spokeswoman Shaylyn Hynes mentioned in an announcement:
The secretary was making the essential level that whereas many Americans take electrical energy without any consideration there are folks in different nations who’re impacted by their lack of electrical energy. The secretary simply returned from Africa, the place folks made the purpose to him immediately time and again in regards to the affect that energy has on their residents.
Hynes added that whereas Perry was on the convention in Africa, “One person told him about how light can be a deterrent to badual badault and increase security in remote areas. Another leader told him about how women in their country have to go to the store every day for a new carton of milk because they don’t have a working refrigerator. Those powerful stories stuck with him and that is what he was sharing with the crowd in Washington today.”
First of all, Africa is a whole-bad continent, so I’m going to wish you to be a little bit extra particular about the place you have been. Ethiopia? Egypt? Ghana? Where in Africa have been you when these folks advised you these tales that made you need to achieve this a lot to badist?
It’s type of onerous to consider that your motive helps the folks of “Africa” if you can’t even be bothered to say precisely the place you have been or the place these “villages” are that you just need to badist so badly.
Furthermore, I is likely to be unsuitable, however isn’t saying “literally” an American factor? I can’t think about some lady in an “African village” utilizing that time period as she described circumstances in her village to Perry. It doesn’t make sense.
In reality, the entire story stinks of “my black friend,” however I’ve different posts to put in writing, so I’m going to depart it at that.
I’ll add, nonetheless, that the Sierra Club took situation with Perry’s remarks and mentioned in an announcement:
It was already clear that Rick Perry is unfit to guide the Department of Energy, however to recommend that fossil gas growth will lower badual badault just isn’t solely blatantly unfaithful, it’s an inexcusable try to reduce a critical and pervasive situation. Women, and significantly ladies of shade, are amongst among the most severely impacted by the local weather disaster, and it’s these similar communities which can be most at-risk of badual badault.
Thank you, Sierra Club, for saying extra politely and extra succinctly what I wished to say on this publish right now.
Read extra at The Hill and CBS News.