Bud Brigham, the executive chairman of Brigham Minerals... testified that the bank instructed him put out overtly political statements on ESG. Brigham explained that an unidentified bank almost immediately approved him for a loan, while Credit Suisse failed to respond to his loan application.
When he reached out to ask why, Brigham claims a representative at Credit Suisse said the bank might not be able to partner with Brigham, allegedly telling him that “climate change is real and it’s not debatable.” ... “How about if I can get you some bullets to tweet? If you can tweet this out, it think there’s a good chance we can do this deal,” the representative allegedly said.
Article in Journal Nature: Wealthy economies should abandon growth of gross domestic product (GDP) as a goal, scale down destructive and unnecessary forms of production to reduce energy and material use, and focus economic activity around securing human needs and well-being. ... Degrowth is a purposeful strategy to stabilize economies and achieve social and ecological goals, unlike recession, which is chaotic and socially destabilizing and occurs when growth-dependent economies fail to grow. ...
Researchers should study political movements that are aligned with degrowth values — from La Via Campesina, the international peasants’ movement that advocates food sovereignty and agroecological methods, to the municipalist and communalist movements and governments in progressive cities such as Barcelona or Zagreb, which promote policies favouring social justice and the commons. Better understanding is needed of the obstacles faced by governments that have ecological ambitions, such as those elected this year in Chile and Colombia.
Elections have consequences! Vanguard Group Inc. is walking out of the world’s largest climate-finance alliance, marking the coalition’s biggest defection to date as U.S. Republicans step up their threats against firms deemed hostile toward the fossil-fuel industry. ... GOP politicians have made clear that they plan to ratchet up their attacks on firms suspected of being anti-oil, or “woke.” House Republicans are set to hold congressional hearings on the subject, while a number of anti-ESG bills will soon be introduced in states across the country.
‘Anti-woke’ reaction? Fund giant Vanguard quits net-zero climate alliance - Vanguard says it will track its environmental progress independent of the NZAM alliance as an effort to provide ‘clarity’ to investors; critics say it’s caving to an ‘anti-woke’ movement - Environmental groups who follow pledges toward net-zero greenhouse emissions...called the exit a major blow to the effort. These groups argued that such a move is kowtowing to “anti-woke” sentiment that claims investments focused on the impending clean-energy transition and other pro-climate actions only come at the expense of investment returns.d
Morano: "You can rename the UN climate summit the China empowerment summit. All it’s going to do is make the once energy-dominant West more reliant on China for all this rare earth mining and with lower environmental standards and this is the most important aspect, Rachel, lower human rights standards. Whether you are talking about the Uyghurs in China or particularly in relation to your opening, kids as young as 8, and 9 years old in the coming go mining cobalt. Now, this has been reported over the years, years ago by CBS News, by CNN, so, the mainstream media is aware of it."
"Imagine if we applied ESG to Chinese-run firms in Africa, to Chinese Rare Earth mining in China. The media would never go along with that, the climate activists would never go along with it. But somehow, China gets a pass here and it's the same thing with climate reparations since China gets a pass they're able to do this and there's no reason to believe they're not going to be able to continue to exploit children in Africa as this goes forward because you're right there is no real pushback internationally on this."
Daily Wire: Cricket powder will now be permitted in a number of food products, such as multigrain bread, crackers, cereal bars, biscuits, beer-like beverages, chocolates, sauces, whey powder, soups, and other items “intended for the general population,” according to the new regulation. Cricket One, a company that asserts that the insects are “nutritionally more efficient” and serve as a more reliable “source of alternative protein” than livestock, submitted the original application.
The New York Allergy and Sinus Centers has nevertheless found that “several allergic reactions to crickets” have been reported in the past two years. Individuals allergic to shellfish such as shrimp, crabs, and lobsters “may develop an allergy to crickets” because the species share many of the same proteins. ... Proposals for the increased consumption of crickets and other insects occur as many policymakers voice concern about the impact of meat production on climate change.