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Oklahoma Governor Is Defending the State from ESG Initiatives

As global financial institutions continue to force ESG policies, Oklahoma is fighting back to preserve its oil and gas industry.

Governor Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma is resolutely standing his ground against the encroaching influence of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) standards that threaten to undermine the very backbone of Oklahoma’s economy: its robust oil and gas industry. In 2022, Oklahoma enacted a law specifically designed to counter the advance of the ESG onslaught. This law aims to bar financial institutions that adhere to ESG-aligned policies from conducting business within the state, thereby protecting its vital energy sector from the insidious agendas of entities like BlackRock, Wells Fargo, and JPMorgan Chase.

These efforts, however, hit a significant roadblock when a district judge temporarily blocked the enforcement of this crucial legislation, delivering a stark blow to those safeguarding Oklahoma’s economic ties to its traditional energy sectors. This judicial interruption is a stark reminder of how leftist policies and corporate activism are not merely external pressures but are actively infiltrating states, attempting to impose terms that starkly contradict local economic interests and the expressed will of the populace.

Why Oklahoma’s Fight Against ESG Is Important

This unfolding situation in Oklahoma should serve as a critical wake-up call across the nation. The struggle against the ESG agenda transcends mere investment strategies; it’s fundamentally about the survival of America’s core industries and the states that rely heavily upon them. If Oklahoma can assertively stand up and push back against these pervasive forces, it could very well set a compelling precedent for other states to emulate.

But achieving this requires unwavering leadership that unequivocally puts state interests above the alluring but perilous globalist agendas and the ever-expansive reach of political correctness. The economic sovereignty of Oklahoma—and indeed, of any state reliant on traditional industries—must be fiercely protected against those who seek to reshape the economic landscape with little regard for the workers and communities affected by such sweeping changes.

Governor Stitt’s initiative, although currently stymied, underscores a broader battle for the soul of America’s economic independence from the so-called woke capital. This is a battle against a rising tide of corporate giants who, under the guise of progressive standards, could potentially decimate local economies that do not conform to their worldview. The resistance mounted by Oklahoma’s leadership not only speaks to a fight for economic survival but also champions a stand against the dilution of democratic decision-making by powerful, unelected corporate interests.

In light of these challenges, it’s imperative that more states rally behind the example set by Oklahoma, crafting and enforcing their own measures against the imposition of ESG standards that do not align with local values and economic realities. This is not just a fight for Oklahoma; it’s a critical front in the battle to preserve the foundational economic principles that support countless American lives.

Robert Chernin

Robert Chernin

Robert B. Chernin has brought his years of political consulting and commentary back to radio. As a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, fundraiser and political confidant, Robert has a unique perspective with insights not heard anyway else. Robert has consulted on federal and statewide campaigns at the gubernatorial, congressional, senatorial, and presidential level. He served in leadership roles in the presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush as well as McCain for President. He led Florida’s Victory 2004’s national Jewish outreach operations as Executive Director. In addition, he served on the President’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Robert co-founded and served as president of the Electoral Science Institute, a non-profit organization that utilizes behavioral science to increase voter participation and awareness. Robert can be heard on multiple radio stations and viewed on the “Of the People” podcast where you get your podcasts.