Speaking at his Senate confirmation hearing, Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson says, “Nothing lifts people out of poverty quicker than electricity. That’s just a fact.” To aid the world’s poor, Tillerson says America must only support programs that deliver electricity in “the most efficient, effective way”.
REX TILLERSON: “Nothing lifts people out of poverty quicker than electricity. That’s just a fact. You give people light. You give them ability to refrigerate food, medicine. It changes their entire quality of life. They no longer cook on animal dung and wood fire– wood cooking in their homes, so health issues– their health improves. I think it’s very important that we use wisely the American peoples’ dollars as we support these programs. And, that means whatever is the most efficient, effective way to deliver electricity to these areas that don’t have it, that should be the choice. That is the wisest use of American dollars.”
Nomination Hearing on Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State
US Senate Foreign Relations Committee
January 11, 2016