Sierra Club: Rick Perry Must Resign for Latest Remarks

WASHINGTON, D.C. –(ENEWSPF)—November 2, 2017

By: Cindy Carr

Rick Perry
U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry speaks during the carbon capture, utilization, and storage event, on the sidelines of the clean energy conference held at the China National Convention Center in Beijing, June 6, 2017. AP/Andy Wong

Today, Energy Secretary Rick Perry made heinous comments suggesting that expanding fossil fuel development will decrease the incident of sexual assault.

In response, Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune released the following statement:

“It was already clear that Rick Perry is unfit to lead the Department of Energy, but to suggest that fossil fuel development will decrease sexual assault is not only blatantly untrue, it is an inexcusable attempt to minimize a serious and pervasive issue. Women, and particularly women of color, are among some of the most severely impacted by the climate crisis, and it is these same communities that are most at risk of sexual assault. Rick Perry’s attempt to exploit this struggle to justify further dangerous fossil fuel development is unacceptable. He does not deserve to hold office another day with these twisted ideas, and he should resign from his position immediately before he causes any more damage.”

About the Sierra Club

The Sierra Club is America’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization, with more than 3 million members and supporters. In addition to helping people from all backgrounds explore nature and our outdoor heritage, the Sierra Club works to promote clean energy, safeguard the health of our communities, protect wildlife, and preserve our remaining wild places through grassroots activism, public education, lobbying, and legal action. For more information, visit