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The ESG Act: Protecting Investors from Left-Wing Activism

Introduction: The Growing Influence of ESG Investing

In recent years, Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) investing standards have gained prominence as wealthy progressives quietly push for social change in corporations. ESG encourages investment funds to support green energy projects (“E”), promote diversity-based hiring and promotions (“S”), and donate to left-wing groups (“G”). However, critics argue that ESG is merely liberal activism masquerading as corporate responsibility, and it can be detrimental to businesses and investors.

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Concerns Over Prioritizing Progressivism Over Profit

One of the major concerns with ESG is that it may prioritize progressivism over profit. For instance, ESG-aligned funds may shun fossil fuel company investments, leading to underperformance compared to the broader market. Last year, when energy was the only sector in the S&P 500 to rise, ESG funds underperformed, raising questions about the financial risks ESG companies expose their investors to.

Potential Antitrust Violations by ESG Firms

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Moreover, some of the largest ESG firms are potentially violating antitrust laws by depriving the fossil fuel industry of investment. Attorneys general across the country are investigating ESG companies for antitrust violations, warning the public about the related financial risk. Major law firms have also alerted their clients about the antitrust risks posed by the ESG movement, and even President Biden’s FTC chair and assistant attorney general for the antitrust division have acknowledged this concern.

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The ESG Act: Ensuring Sound Guidance for Investors

To address these issues, Senator Tom Cotton and Representative Andy Barr introduced the Ensuring Sound Guidance (ESG) Act. This legislation requires asset managers and ERISA plan sponsors to obtain written permission from their customers if they consider non-financial interests when investing. The ESG Act aims to preserve investor choice and ensure that investment strategies are based on sound financial practices, maximizing returns and minimizing risk. The legislation seeks to prevent using ordinary Americans’ retirement and college savings to pursue a political agenda without their knowledge and consent.

Balancing Investor Choice and Safeguarding Against Political Objectives

The ESG Act serves as a measure to protect investors from potential financial risks associated with left-wing activism. By requiring transparency and consent, it aims to strike a balance between investor choice and safeguarding against undue exposure to political objectives. As the debate over ESG investing continues, the ESG Act adds to the conversation surrounding the role of corporations, investors, and government in shaping societal and environmental goals.

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