Utah State Treasurer Marlo Oaks, one of the nation’s leading voices pushing back against the influence of progressive politics in corporate America, on Saturday blasted a controversial investing movement that critics decry for pushing “woke” political causes as being part of “Satan’s plan.”
Oaks, speaking to the Salt Lake County Republican Party Convention, told GOP delegates that ESG investing and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) had positive aims — such as helping the environment and combating poverty — but were part of “outcomes-based systems” designed to reach a pre-determined conclusion without any discussion.
“The goals have been identified. The truth has already been defined that these are the problems, and here are the solutions,” said Oaks, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. “The debate is over.”
Oaks then invoked the biblical “war in Heaven” from the Book of Revelation, calling it another “outcomes-based” initiative.
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“Outcomes-based governance like the U.N.’s SDGs and ESG opens the door to authoritarianism,” said Oaks. “It is Satan’s plan.”
ESG, short for environmental, social, and governance investing, is based on the…