Their target this time? Former Texas governor and current Energy Secretary Rick Perry.
In an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd and Axios’ Jim VandeHei, Perry made a comment that expanding the use of fossil fuels could help prevent sexual assault. The media, predictably, pounced on his comments as an opportunity to mock, belittle, and attack him.
Here are just a few of the tweets from liberal reporters yesterday:
But if you’re looking for another “Oops!” moment, this isn’t it. Perry’s comments, in context, are entirely spot on and accurate.
Here’s Perry’s full statement:
“I just got back from Africa, I’m going to finish up with this, because I think I heard say there are people dying. Let me tell you where people are dying, it’s in Africa, because of the lack of energy they have there,” said Perry. “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 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 a light that shines, the righteousness, if you will, on those type of acts. So, from the standpoint of how you really affect people’s lives, fossil fuels are going to play a role in that. I happen to think it’s going to play a positive role,” he continued. “It’s going to take fossil fuels to push power out into those villages in Africa.”
And it’s not just Perry saying this. As the Washington Examiner points out, even the United Nations agrees with Perry, publishing a paper in 2013 that makes almost the exact same points as Perry albeit regarding developing India rather than Africa.
“Given the challenges of energy poverty, providing energy to households in safe and sufficient quantities is hypothesized to result in myriad positive outcomes, including the following:
• Improved health outcomes: Reduced burning of biomass and kerosene in homes will reduce people’s exposure to harmful pollutants. Access to modern fuels is expected to help prevent the cuts, falls, bites, and episodes of sexual harassment and assault that women and girls might otherwise sustain while collecting fuelwood.”
Anyone remember the Left mocking and deriding the UN or Oxfam for their reports? Must have missed it.
Perry’s comments in essence, say that often light, actual physical light, can drive out darkness and prevent bad behavior is entirely true—it’s why some folks leave a light or two on when they leave the house. It’s why high school band directors sometimes leave the bus lights on when coming back from a football game to encourage romantic and intrepid youngsters keep their hands to themselves. Hell, it’s why neighborhoods have streetlights.
But most African villages and towns don’t have streetlights like those of the gated communities American and European leftists. The girl Perry spoke of doesn’t even have a light to read with at night.
So why is Perry’s completely logical position under attack by the Left? Because logic doesn’t matter. It doesn’t matter that what Perry actually said is true because he’s a conservative (strike one), he serves in the Trump administration (strike two), and he thinks fossil fuels are fine (strike three).
The sad truth is that the mainstream media doesn’t really exist to report the facts anymore, but rather to stoke the egos of their liberal activist reader base. It’s a chest-thumping opportunity for the privileged elite to pat themselves on the back for being smart while laughing off the rest of America as deplorable ingrates and idiots.
These are the same media elitists, by the way, who sally forth from their air-conditioned houses on private jets to universities funded by capitalists and taxpayers to read speeches written on iPads powered by coal power plants.
It’s these same folks who “believe in science” who also hold the belief that a man can become a woman just by changing how he “identifies.”
These are the folks mocking and belittling Perry for daring to tell the truth—that fossil fuels and cheap energy are the tools the developing world needs in order to alleviate human suffering and that it’s selfish and wrong to prevent, chide, and chastise individuals, especially those in places such as Africa, for wanting to use them the same way we did.
Rather than laughing at Perry we should be laughing at the media instead.