President Joe Biden’s nominee to be Assistant Secretary for Energy, Installations and Environment in the Department of Defense has been exposed for his support for the radical left’s environmental, social, and governance (ESG) agenda.
Sen. Katie Britt (R-AL) used her first vote in the U.S. Senate to call out Biden’s nominee, Brendan Owens, voting “no” to his nomination.
New Alabama GOP Senator Katie Britt cast her first Senate vote tonight, voting No against the confirmation of Brendan Owens to be an Assistant Defense Secretary. Britt was the first woman to be elected to the Senate from Alabama, succeeding longtime GOP Senator Richard Shelby. pic.twitter.com/1VaI7euloP
— Craig Caplan (@CraigCaplan) January 24, 2023
“The Biden Administration has consistently prioritized their reckless leftwing political agenda to the detriment of our military readiness,” the Alabama senator said in a statement following her vote to oppose Biden’s push for radical policies in the Pentagon.
“We achieve peace through strength, not wokeness. The last thing we need is a DOD appointee from the ESG movement,” Britt added.
ESG does not promote technological advancement or solutions for perceived climate problems. It promotes cutting off energy to the developing world and makes disaproval of such actions tantamount to "earth murder". Don't give an inch to ESG propaganda. It is anti human.
— Angela McArdle (@angela4LNCChair) September 28, 2022
Owens’ agenda was exposed on Monday by the Daily Signal’s Samantha Aschieris, who reported on some of his former “environment” work history.
Some of Owens’ previous work experience involved being “focused on the places where systems in the built environment intersect and interact” and “delivering equity, health, and decarbonization.”
“This nominee would simply be the tip of the spear in continuing President Biden’s radical ‘Green New Deal’ priorities at the Department of Defense,” the Daily Signal report continued, noting that the Defense Department “should be focused on ensuring our incredible men and women in uniform are the best equipped, resourced, and trained in the world.”
Aschieris’ report also pointed to Owens’ LinkedIn bio, which describes him as “working for equity, human health and climate” — while his “About” page indicates that he is “passionate about green buildings, market transformation and programs that enable people and companies to decarbonize and create an equitable and healthy world.”
Biden nominated Owens for the position almost a year ago, on March 11, 2022. Despite Britt’s “no” vote, he was confirmed with a 60-35 margin.
Confirmed, 60-35: Confirmation of PN1 Brendan Owens to be an Assistant Secretary of Defense.
— Senate Cloakroom (@SenateCloakroom) January 23, 2023