Oh Rick. The smart-guy glasses aren't working. A bag of hammers labeled "brains" is still a bag of hammers. Rick Perry is still Rick Perry.
Maybe it is some odd hazing ritual that had our "President" naming this nincompoop Secretary of Energy. A couple years ago, when he was still Candidate Rick, he did not mince words when it came to the man who would be his boss: "Demeaning people of Hispanic heritage is not just ignorant, it betrays the example of Christ. We can enforce our laws and our borders, and we can love all who live within our borders, without betraying our values." This was on his way out the door, and he wasn't too careful about where the door hit him. I suppose we should have suspected something when the man who would be "President" responded to that assertion with this tweet: ".@GovernorPerry is a terrific guy and I wish him well- I know he will have a great future!"
That future turns out to be licking the boots of the man Rick Perry once referred to as a "cancer" on the conservative cause. That, and travelling the globe dropping some of that very special brand of Perry wisdom. Like the twisted suggestion that fossil fuels would play a "positive role" in preventing sexual assault in Africa. Ever the big picture guy, Rick Perry was relating the story of his encounter with a young woman in a village, at which point he added his own conclusion: "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."
So, here we have Ambassador Perry, shoveling coal onto a fire that was already burning out of control, and claiming that somehow these fossil fuels would do nothing less than bring the light of righteousness to this dark continent. It makes sense that a man who refuses to see a connection between burning fossil fuels and climate change could generate his own causal relationship between sexual assault and fossil fuels.
In spite of the glasses, this guy is no Einstein. The Nutty Professor, maybe.