‘Making a Mockery of the Army’: Senate to Vote on Inexperienced Activist Nominated for Vitality Publish in Protection Division

The U.S. Senate is ready to vote at 5:30 p.m. on the affirmation of Brendan Owens for the place of Assistant Secretary for Vitality, Installations and Surroundings within the Protection Division.

“Effectively, I imply, he’s a part of the Inexperienced Constructing Council, so I’m not fairly positive what he’s bought to do with something occurring on the Division of Protection,” Steven Milloy, founder and writer of JunkScience.com, instructed The Every day Sign in a cellphone interview on Monday.

“I don’t understand how a lot there’s to say about it. DOD has bought no enterprise losing taxpayer cash on inexperienced stuff, it’s bought extra severe issues to fret about, and to take somebody from the Inexperienced Constructing Council, I imply, it’s simply ridiculous. It’s making a mockery of the army,” Milloy added.

President Joe Biden nominated Owens on March 11, 2022, for the Assistant Secretary for Vitality, Installations and Surroundings place within the Protection Division.

Whereas Milloy stated he didn’t suspect “any explicit penalties” ought to the Senate affirm Owens, he insisted that the nomination is “only a complete waste. I imply, why is the army spending any time on this type of stuff of constructing buildings extra environment friendly?”

“I imply, it doesn’t actually even work within the personal sector,” Milloy added. “I’m undecided why the army is losing its time on [this]. It’s only a waste and a distraction and a diversion, and political correctness run amok. It’s bought nothing to do with what the army’s imagined to be doing.”

Screenshot: Brendan Owens’ LinkedIn Web page

Owens labored as principal of Black Vest Technique, L.L.C., the place he “targeted on the locations the place methods within the constructed setting intersect and work together,” and “coverage and technical technique to optimize and remodel the world – delivering fairness, well being and decarbonization” from Jan. 2021 by means of Nov. 2022, in keeping with his LinkedIn web page. His LinkedIn bio consists of his pronouns “He/Him” and that he’s “working for fairness, human well being and local weather.” Black Vest Technique continues to record him as a fellow.

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Screenshot: Brendan Owens’ LinkedIn Web page

Owens additionally served as vice chairman for “leed technical improvement” on the U.S. Inexperienced Constructing Council from June 2002 to October 2020 in Washington, D.C., in keeping with LinkedIn.

Owens’ “About” part on his LinkedIn web page says that he’s “captivated with inexperienced buildings, market transformation and packages that allow individuals and firms to decarbonize and create an equitable and wholesome world.”

“His background is in sustainability, environmental, ESG sort of issues. He began a know-how firm to democratize ESG and inserting these ESG priorities into our army is actually simply harmful for nationwide safety,” Clint Brown, vice chairman of presidency relations at The Heritage Basis, instructed The Every day Sign in an interview. (The Every day Sign is Heritage’s multimedia information group.)

Brown continued:

If we prioritize that above warfighting or compromise our warfighting means ultimately to fulfill some form of ESG purpose, then we’re placing America’s nationwide safety in danger.

And it’s an ideology that’s strongly related to the Left, far left progressives, and doesn’t replicate the values of the American individuals.

Owens didn’t instantly reply to The Every day Sign’s request for remark.

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