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GOP states refuse to do business with 'woke' banks

•, By Art Moore

Vowing not to contribute to their "own destruction," officials in Republican states officials are fighting back against banks that adhere to so-called environmental, social and governance standards, known as ESG.

BlackRock, Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan are among the five financial institutions prohibited from entering into banking contracts with West Virginia's state treasurer's office or any state agency, for example, Fox Business reported.

West Virginia State Treasurer Riley Moore told FOX Business that each of the five corporations had declared they will limit their engagement with oil and gas companies, which paid $769 million in taxes to the state government.

"We're not going to pay for our own destruction, we're not going to subsidize that," Moore said.

The woke banks, he said, have "weaponized our tax dollars against the very people and industry that have generated them to begin with."

"That is why we're pushing back against this ESG movement," said Moore.

One bank already has reacted to West Virginia's move, he pointed out, with U.S. Bancorp reversing its prohibition of lending to oil and gas companies.

Fox Business reported at least 15 other Republican-led states plan to emulate West Virginia, proposing similar laws or policies.