On Wednesday, during his speech at CERAWeek energy conference, Energy Secretary Rick Perry stated that the shift away from fossil fuels is “immoral.” He added that it threatens poorer nations from developing economically.
Perry stated, “Look those people in the eyes that are starving and tell them you can’t have electricity.”
He continued, “Because as a society we decided fossil fuels were bad. I think that is immoral.”
Perry’s logic is way off, as solar and wind are cheaper sources of electricity compared to fossil fuels.
Also according to ThinkProgress, over 1 million people die prematurely each year in India because of air pollution that is primarily due to the burning of fossil fuels.
During his speech, Perry did not mention “climate change.”
Perry is known to be a challenger to climate change.
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In the past, he has also denied that human carbon dioxide emissions are the primary reason for climate change.
This is not the first time Perry has talked highly of fossil fuels.
In a previous speech, he has talked how the U.S. is “blessed” to provide fossil fuel to other countries for a “better quality of life or better opportunities.”
He has also suggested in a different speech that expanding the use of fossil fuels could prevent sexual assault.
Below are some reactions:
Add “immoral” to the list of words Rick Perry doesn’t fully understand.
— LaVozDelNorte (@LaVozDelNorte88) March 8, 2018
Rick Perry’s stupidity is immoral.
— Brandon Greer (@BrandonM_Greer) March 8, 2018
Not wanting to poison the planet to a point where it dies is totally “immoral.”
Rick Perry is trying to be the village idiot in a village filled with idiots. https://t.co/SVS3OLCKMG
— NeoMatt NeoRead (@Matt_Read_NZ) March 8, 2018
Creating tens of thousands of new jobs and protecting the planet by harnessing clean energy sources is “immoral,” because by doing so, oil tycoons might have to suffer with only 8 vacation homes instead of 10. #capitalism https://t.co/7BcvgcBWKr
— Jeff Letourneau (@jeffl76) March 8, 2018
Rick Perry @SecretaryPerry is immoral. History will not judge you kindly for stonewalling PROGRESS & for failing to be a good steward of THE EARTH & all its living creatures. You are a dope and a wretch. VOTE THEM OUT.#BlueWaveComing2018 #FBR
— The USA Singers (@TheUSASingers) March 9, 2018
Energy Secretary Rick Perry says moving away from fossil fuels is `immoral` Seriously? sort of like Pruitt believes it is God`s will that fossil fuels be used to generate CO2? Where to these people come from? Insane! https://t.co/u0dxidbylT pic.twitter.com/9oN3NpYNLf
— sam denver (@samsondenver) March 9, 2018
Hmmmm…I fixed it😉 pic.twitter.com/7ddCj2i5J8
— Steve Smith (@steve37341) March 9, 2018
The only immoral is you, Rick Perry, pushing the use of fossil fuels to make yourself and your rich associates/friends even richer.
— Deborah Randle (@DeborahRandle7) March 9, 2018
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