What do you get when you use your executive powers to drive through an unpopular and economically and environmentally dubious pipeline? You get some of that pay-to-play money Donald Trump was so fond of talking about during his campaign. As the Intercept reports, the Independent Petroleum Association of America will be having their “Congressional Call-Up” this year at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. Come this March, a slew of swamp creatures will be joining the existing swamp creatures to think about ways to make more money at the expense of all other living things.
The IPAA Call-Up is an annual oil and gas industry lobbying event principally focused on influencing federal officials. As is typical with these types of events, the lobbyists will spend an entire day in meetings on Capitol Hill, starting with a policy breakfast with House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., and a congressional reception later that day.
The lobbyists’ meeting at the EPA will take place on the morning of March 7. No details have yet been provided on who from the EPA will attend the meeting. The EPA did not respond to a request for comment.
Trump’s International Hotel in D.C. has been an easy way for foreign interests and domestic ones to pad the bank account of a man best known for liking money and his name in gold letters. As many people have pointed out, forget about the garish decor. The place is clearly a real shithole.