The Left Is the Enemy, But the Real Threat Is Corporatism
Jim Willis on NGL Pipelines
Editor & Publisher, Marcellus Drilling News (MDN)
[Editor’s Note: The left is built on a foundation of religious zealotry but the edifice is financed by the world’s corporatist elites who seek complete domination for profit.]
The left is insidious–and relentless. They thought they had a winning issue with so-called ESG, or Environment, Social, and Governance. Basically, what the left means by ESG is don’t invest in or use fossil fuel energy (E), everything is racist (S), and the government is always right when Democrats are in charge (G).
One of the main pushers of the ESG agenda has been BlackRock, the biggest investment firm in the world with nearly $10 trillion under management. Recently Larry Fink, CEO of BlackRock, said he would no longer use the term ESG because he’s losing business (see Unrepentant BlackRock Won’t Use ESG Term, Still Forces Divestment). However, he will still push an ESG agenda, hiding his true purpose by using other language. However, leftists don’t like to remain in hiding. So they now have a new strategy: Just buy oil and gas companies and FORCE them to “go green” (i.e., stop drilling for oil and gas).
State Street is another investment firm like BlackRock, although smaller, with just $4 trillion under management. Still, that’s enough to make State Street the fifth-largest investment firm in the world.
State Street CEO Ron O’Hanley says divesting or forcing divestment from those who don’t hew to the ESG religion isn’t working. He has a better solution: Buy enough shares of an oil/gas company to take it over and force the change you want. Check out this from the Washington Times.
The top executive at one of the world’s largest asset managers and proponents of ESG investing says divesting from fossil fuels is the wrong way to persuade oil and natural gas companies to go green.
State Street Chairman and CEO Ron O’Hanley said engagement-style investing — putting more money into high-polluting industries to gain leverage — is how behemoth firms like his can wield influence and force change.
“Divestment makes people feel good, but it has nothing to do with atmospheric decarbonization,” Mr. O’Hanley said Tuesday during Greenfin23, a sustainable finance and investing event in Boston.
“If I sell Exxon out of my portfolio or I sell oil and gas out of my portfolio, that’s great. I have a decarbonized portfolio, but the air you and I are all breathing hasn’t changed. The amount of carbon in the atmosphere hasn’t changed,” he said.
“The reality is,” he continued, “that if you want to get at the problem, you have to identify the high-emitting industries, and you have to invest in them, so they become low-emitting industries.”
Mr. O’Hanley’s remarks confirmed part of the reason for Republicans’ fierce opposition to environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) investing.
Republicans have accused State Street and other major pro-ESG asset managers like Vanguard and BlackRock of using their deep pockets and proxy-voting power over corporations to push a liberal agenda.
Conservatives argue the climate change and social justice politics that are factored into ESG investment decisions hurts fossil fuels and increases energy prices.
Republican-controlled states, especially in energy-producing states like Texas and Louisiana, have cumulatively divested billions in state pension funds from these and other companies over claims they’re boycotting fossil fuels to promote ESG.
Asset managers have rebutted boycott accusations by noting they still invest in oil and natural gas on behalf of clients, though Mr. O’Hanley’s remarks suggest that State Street’s holdings only change the manner in which its ESG investments threaten fossil-fuel development.
Conversely, blue states like California and climate activists have accused investment managers of not going far enough and want state money completely divested from fossil fuels.
ESG proponents like State Street, which at the end of last year had $3.5 trillion in assets under management and another $36.7 trillion in assets under custody and/or administration, say the hot-button financial strategy takes additional long-term risk factors into consideration, such as the transition to clean energy.
“Divestment is almost the opposite of what we need to do, and the second reality of all this is that transition takes time,” Mr. O’Hanley said.
“Given that we’re long term, we’re very concerned not just about what happens next quarter, but over the next decade. What are you — company — doing to actually make sure that you’re thriving and that your activities are leading to a better world? The only way to get there is through engagement,” he said.
He went on to emphasize what he described as an issue of fairness when transitioning away from fossil fuels.
He noted that the impacts of climate change have disproportionately hurt poorer countries that have polluted less and argued it’s unfair to expect developing countries not to reap the economic benefits of fossil fuels.
“Is it really appropriate for the developed world to be saying, ‘you can’t go and use coal, we don’t want you using power plants, we don’t want you building power plants. When you’re ready for renewables, go ahead, but in the meantime stop your development until you get there.’ It’s not realistic,” Mr. O’Hanley said. “If you really were thinking about what’s the single best thing you can do to decarbonize the atmosphere — because remember it knows no borders — help India skip over coal, help India skip over fossil fuels.”
Editor’s Note: “Insidious and relentless” is, indeed, a most proper description of the left, which sees its politics as a religious cause. which explains the zealotry, But, it does not account for the left’s ability to accumulate power for a time. No, that comes from the support of corporatists such as State Street’s Ron O’Hanley and Black Rock’s Larry Fink, who co-opt the left for use in their own quest for power and, especially, greater wealth. They employ the left as shills with which to pursue to pursue their megalomaniacal dreams. ESG has merely been the mechanism.
Such manipulation has always been the case. Anyone who has read the story of the Russian Revolution knows Lenin was financed by corporatists and that’s where we are again. The left is the relentless enemy, but the real threat comes from those who empower it for their own causes. It is happening everywhere. Think COVID lockdowns, Ukranian war and our illegal alien invasion promoted by Democrats for cheap votes and by Republicans for cheap labor. It’s all of a very familiar pattern and as it takes shape we see only the mad pursuit by elites for ever more power and wealth.
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