Senate to Vote on Green Activist Nominated to the Department of Defense

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

“Nicely, I imply, he’s a part of the Inexperienced Constructing Council, so I’m not fairly certain what he’s obtained to do with something happening on the Division of Protection,” Steven Milloy, founder and writer of, informed The Day by day Sign in a cellphone interview on Monday.

“I don’t know the way a lot there may be to say about it. DOD has obtained no enterprise losing taxpayer cash on inexperienced stuff, it’s obtained 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 navy,” Milloy added.

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

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

“I imply, it doesn’t actually even work within the non-public sector,” Milloy added. “I’m unsure why the navy is losing its time on [this]. It’s only a waste and a distraction and a diversion, and political correctness run amok. It’s obtained nothing to do with what the navy’s purported 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 techniques within the constructed setting intersect and work together,” and “coverage and technical technique to optimize and rework the world – delivering fairness, well being and decarbonization” from Jan. 2021 via Nov. 2022, in line with his LinkedIn page. His LinkedIn bio contains his pronouns “He/Him” and that he’s “working for fairness, human well being and local weather.” Black Vest Strategy continues to record him as a fellow.

Screenshot: Brendan Owens’ LinkedIn Web page

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

Owens’ “About” part on his LinkedIn web page says that he’s “obsessed with inexperienced buildings, market transformation and applications that allow folks 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 putting these ESG priorities into our navy is actually simply harmful for nationwide safety,” Clint Brown, vp of presidency relations at The Heritage Basis, informed The Day by day Sign in an interview. (The Day by day Sign is Heritage’s multimedia information group.)

Brown continued:

If we prioritize that above warfighting or compromise our warfighting potential ultimately to fulfill some type 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 folks.

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

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