Energy Secretary Rick Perry calls shift away from fossil fuels 'immoral'

Houston Chronicle – Energy Secretary Rick Perry attacked climate change policy Wednesday, arguing global efforts to shift away from fossil fuels were "immoral" by denying developing nations the plentiful, cheap energy needed to lift people out of poverty.

"Look those people in the eyes that are starving and tell them, 'You can't have electricity,'" he said. "Because as a society we decided fossil fuels were bad. I think that is immoral."

The Trump administration has repeatedly challenged a growing consensus among world leaders that society must quickly reduce greenhouse gas emissions to avoid the worst consequences of climate change.

Perry, appearing at the CERAWeek by IHS Markit energy conference Wednesday, made the case that the growing body of climate change regulations threatened to curtail a global energy boom.

In a sprawling speech, the former Texas governor declared that the United States has entered an age of a new "energy realism," in which the country would increasingly supply the world with oil, natural gas, coal, wind turbines and other forms of energy.

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