Media snark buries valid point made by Rick Perry about reliable energy reducing sexual assault crimes

Media snark buries valid point made by Rick Perry about reliable energy reducing sexual assault crimes

[Ed. – When I saw this earlier today, I knew without even checking that Rick Perry had not said anything stupid about a magical link between fossil fuels and sexual assault.  Timothy Carney confirms that.  He also found a UN study that very specifically identified streets lights in India as a deterrent to sexual assault crime.]

A Trump administration official makes a claim, poorly articulated, and a reporter wryly and snarkily reduces that argument to a stupid and overly simplistic format. The Hill — maybe the worst offender in this regard — tweets out that reductive and misleading formulation, and it goes viral. …

Do you believe street lights can reduce crime? If you don’t think so, do you think that’s at least a plausible idea? …

Do you think fossil fuels provide more reliable electricity than other sorts of energy?

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If you answered yes to the above questions, then you think fossil fuels can help reduce sexual assault.

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