ESG has certainly stirred up legislators in Oklahoma and Texas and other oil and gas producing states. They responded with laws and bills attacking investment firms that discriminate in their financial support against the oil and gas industry.
One defender of the ESG movement is Rabbi Moti Rieber, executive director of Kansas Interfaith Action, a statewide, multifaith issue-advocacy organization that works on a variety of social, economic and climate justice issues.
Here’s how he defends ESG in his criticism of anti-ESG movements in the Kansas legislature:
“It is not in Kansas’ interests to allow climate change deniers in the Legislature to punish organizations or institutions that take a responsible position on fossil fuel investment, whether that be because of the values they hold, or because they, in their professional capacity, respond to changes in the investment environment.”
It’s what he wrote recently in an op-ed piece for the Kansas Reflector.
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