The week ahead: Senate panel to review oil spill damage assessment

On Thursday, the Senate Environment panel’s Clean Air and Nuclear Safety subcommittee will hold a hearing on Environmental Protection Agency clean air rules.

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will not hold any hearings this week “due to scheduling conflicts,” according to a committee spokeswoman.

The House is on recess this week, but the Natural Resources Committee will hold a field hearing Monday at Louisiana State University in Shreveport, La., on an invasive fern called the Giant Salvinia and its effect on ecosystems.

There is a slew of energy-related events off Capitol Hill this week:

The New Democratic Network and the New Policy Institute are hosting a discussion Monday on the “tremendous progress” that solar energy has made in the United States.

The National Parks Conservation Association will release its “State of the Parks” report Tuesday.

The National Building Museum will host a discussion Wednesday on home weatherization and efficiency.

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), a vocal critic of proposals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, will speak Thursday at the Heartland Institute’s annual climate change conference.

White House climate and energy policy adviser Heather Zichal and Daniel Yergin, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his book The Prize, will speak Thursday at the Peterson Institute for International Economics on oil and energy security.

The Australian Embassy will host a discussion on China and natural gas Thursday.