"When you are a Fossil Fool, every light bulb looks like a chunk of coal." ~ It's all Tuna!
When the Federal government appointee is also a shill for a multinational corporation which seeks to extract profits from the ground at the expense of the health and safety of people residing in the region, as is the case with coal and fracking for gas, you get Fossil Fools in charge.
Recently Energy Secretary Pick Perry was appointed to his job on the basis of a single job qualification: he would favor fossil fuels over all other means of energy production. Mixed in with that singular qualification is his alleged moral compass.
In an interview after a trip to Africa, Fossil Fool, Rick Perry asserted that fossil fuels would reduce sexual assault. For everyone who has even a partial high school education, that might need further explanation. Even a Phd in Christian Studies would need to have the connection explained.
Here goes. Little girls reading by fire light in an African village would be safer from sexual assault if fossil sourced electricity were pushed out to the village and the resulting electric illumination, i.e., "When the light are on, when you have light that shines, the righteousness, if you will, on those types of acts... [they will be safe.] @Timothy_Cama tweeted on the subject.
If the man, Perry, were not looking at every need of illumination as profit center of a chunk of coal, then there are a multitude of possible solutions which do not involve US-based corporations freightering coal from West Virginia or Wyoming to Africa.
The vast distances and low settlement densities make local electric generation far more feasible than anything a massive power plant and intricate wiring grid could ever hope to handle. A couple of solar panels, 6 or 12 volts batteries and a row of LEDs can light a house nearly indefinitely. No fumes, no transmission towers, and no off-site pollution source.
Even village based solar and wind installations can do a far better job of making electricity than any chunk of US coal.