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Top Democrats launch inquiry into Trump’s brazen $1bn pitch to oil executives

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By illuminem briefings

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🗞️ Driving the news: Top Democrats, led by Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, have launched an inquiry into Donald Trump's $1bn pitch to oil executives in exchange for promises of tax and regulatory favors
• The meeting took place in April at Mar-a-Lago and raised concerns of corruption

🔭 The context: This inquiry follows a recent Houston event where Trump's fundraising efforts led to tens of millions in donations from the fossil-fuel industry
• Trump’s history of climate-change denial and pro-oil policies, including withdrawing from the Paris Agreement, contrasts sharply with Biden’s regulatory measures to combat global warming

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Trump's promises to the fossil-fuel industry threaten efforts to combat climate change, potentially reversing the progress made under the Biden administration
• This poses a significant risk to global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

⏭️ What's next: The Senate budget and finance panels are investigating whether Trump's fundraising tactics violated campaign finance laws
• Additional scrutiny is being placed on the fossil-fuel industry's disinformation campaigns related to climate change

💬 One quote: "The quid pro quo – so called – is so very evident … I can’t think of anything that matches this either in terms of the size of the bribe requested, or the brazenness of the linkages," said Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

📈 One stat: The oil and gas industry has donated $7.3 million to Trump's campaign thus far, over three times the amount given at this point in 2020

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