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Improving women's lives through energy: What Rick Perry got right and wrong


November 5, 2017

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Michael E. Webber, University of Texas at Austin and Sheril Kirshenbaum, Michigan State University

(THE CONVERSATION) On Nov. 2, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry clumsily stated that fossil fuels could help prevent sexual assaults on vulnerable women in Africa. “When the lights are on, when you have light, it shines the righteousness, if you will, on [sexual assault],” Perry asserted. “So from the standpoint of how you really affect people’s lives, fossil fuels is [si...

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