DeSantis takes on ESG, woke corporations
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has repeatedly shown that he is not afraid to confront some of the country’s most powerful left-wing groups.
After he passed the Parental Rights in Education bill, he received widespread backlash from liberal pressure groups and the top entertainment company in the world, Disney.
Instead of backing down, DeSantis fought Disney head-on and removed their special tax district, showing that he would not let woke corporations dictate Florida’s policies.
Now, the Governor is taking on the Davos agenda directly by attacking Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) criteria.
BREAKING: Governor DeSantis takes a stance against ESG.
ESG is a scale investors/companies use to finance based on what companies do for the environment, social stances, political stances etc. (simplified version).
— Lydia Nusbaum (@LydiaNusbaum) July 27, 2022
On Wednesday, DeSantis and the man next in line to be the Florida House Speaker, Paul Renner, proposed legislation to curtail “woke capital” by going after ESG standards.
DeSantis and Renner started by attacking the hypocrisy of the same elites that demand everyday people make sacrifices to protect the environment while living lavish lifestyles.
“For every master of the universe who’s prattling on about, you know, no emissions and all this stuff, I don’t see very many of them giving up their private jets,” he continued. “They’re living their own life, and they want the burden of their policies to fall on working class Americans.”
Then, DeSantis discussed the anti-democratic means by which left-wing organizations pursue their policies. The environment consistently ranks as a bottom issue for voters. Yet, corporations in concert with left-wing pressure groups are pushing policies, such as ESG criteria, without the consent of voters.
"You have a handful of people in Davos deciding all this — that this is how we are supposed to live? Not here in the state of Florida."
– @GovRonDeSantis fighting back against the ESG cartel
— Christina Pushaw 🐊 🇺🇸 (@ChristinaPushaw) July 27, 2022
“Those activists cannot implement those policies through the ballot box. People don’t want to abolish prisons, people don’t want to abolish ICE, people don’t want to defund law enforcement, and so they try to do it through the backdoor by basically kneecapping some of these companies,” DeSantis said.
Renner chimed in with support for DeSantis, saying that state money, including Florida’s pension fund, will not be directed towards political issues.
“We have a Governor who has the courage to fight, and the Legislature will be joining him in that fight to make sure we push back on behalf of people,” Renner said. “This is a pocketbook issue, and we will not relent until we start dismantling this dangerous form of ESG.”
Business titan Elon Musk has been a frequent critic of ESG standards, saying that oil companies such as ExxonMobil were in the top ten for ESG standards while his company, which produces electric cars, did not make the list.
Exxon is rated top ten best in world for environment, social & governance (ESG) by S&P 500, while Tesla didn’t make the list!
ESG is a scam. It has been weaponized by phony social justice warriors.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 18, 2022
You may also like: DeSantis fights to improve education, even teachers agree with his ideas