The Environmental Social Governance or ESG is a national social credit rating and blacklist initially developed by China. It is taking root here in the U.S. Already, ninety-eight percent of the top financial companies now disclose ESG scores and if it continues to grow here, we could see serious problems that will erode the American way of life as we know it. Like the credit rating system that regulates credit opportunities, the ESG will govern social behavior. This means individuals could be banned from social networks, expressing opinions, challenging one’s character, limiting social opportunities, and preventing someone with a low social score from certain employment. Such a system has no business being in America. This kind of social governance infringes upon the right to free speech and the right to privacy. As your senator, I will vote for and sponsor legislation that makes ESG or any social credit system illegal in Utah.
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