The week ahead: Moniz testifies; senators dive deep

On Tuesday, a subpanel of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will hold a hearing on “innovative partnerships in ocean observation.” Director James Cameron, whose Deepsea Challenger vessel hit the deepest place on Earth, will testify.

The hearing will focus on expanding public-private partnerships for monitoring the oceans and dive into legislation that would increase federal ocean research, particularly in the areas of acidification and the Arctic.

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Other witnesses include Susan Avery, director with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and Ed Page, executive director with the Marine Exchange of Alaska.

On Wednesday, the House Science, Space and Technology subcommittee on Environment will debate whether expected Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ozone standards are achievable.

Industry groups have pushed back against the anticipated rule in recent weeks, arguing it would be too onerous. Public health organizations, however, contend the rule would reduce healthcare costs and save lives.

A federal law that authorizes the EPA to test chemicals and manage hazardous substances will be in focus Thursday at a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing.

Many lawmakers say the law, known as the Toxic Substances Control Act, is too weak. They want to give the EPA more authority to test a greater number of chemicals.

There’s a chance the Senate will move on an update to the law. Sen. David VitterDavid VitterFormer GOP rep joins K Street lobbying firm Capitol Counsel Lobbying World Mercury brings on former Sen. Vitter, two others MORE (R-La.) and the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) last month released a bipartisan bill to do so, which received praise from a wide range of groups.

The House Natural Resources subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources will hold a Thursday hearing on federal mining policies.

The title of the hearing is “Mining in America: The Administration’s Use of Claim Maintenance Fees and Cleanup of Abandoned Mine Lands.”

Off the Capitol grounds, the Electric Drive Transportation Association will host its annual conference Monday through Wednesday at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park.

The electric vehicle confab brings together industry leaders and policymakers, with a focus on new vehicle technology and challenges and opportunities facing the industry.

Former Vice President Gore will deliver the keynote address Tuesday at Sen. Sheldon WhitehouseSheldon WhitehouseDems introduce MAR-A-LAGO Act to publish visitor logs Under pressure, Dems hold back Gorsuch support The Hill’s Whip List: Where Dems stand on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee MORE’s (D-R.I.) annual Rhode Island Energy and Environment Leaders Day in Washington, D.C.

Other members of Congress are schedule to speak at the event, which will be held in the Senate Visitors Center in the Capitol.

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Ron WydenRon WydenThe Hill’s Whip List: Where Dems stand on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Overnight Regulation: Senate moves to strike Obama-era internet privacy rules Overnight Tech: Senate votes to eliminate Obama internet privacy rules | FCC chief wants to stay out of 'political debate' on fake news | Wikileaks reveals new CIA docs MORE (D-Ore.) will headline Wednesday’s Energy Efficiency Forum at the National Press Club. Other speakers include Reps. Cory GardnerCory GardnerRepeal of Obama drilling rule stalls in the Senate Colorado Dem at the center of Gorsuch confirmation fight Gorsuch sails on day one, but real test is Tuesday MORE (R-Colo.), Peter WelchPeter WelchDem lawmakers propose bill to regulate drone data collection Cummings: Trump commits to strong push for Medicare drug price negotiation Top Oversight Dem to meet with Trump about prescription drug prices MORE (D-Vt.) and Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.), as well as Delaware Gov. Jack Markell (D).

Reps. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), Dave ReichertDavid ReichertOvernight Finance: Biz groups endorse Trump's Labor pick | New CBO score coming before health bill vote | Lawmakers push back on public broadcasting cuts Dem, GOP lawmakers push back against Trump’s cuts to public broadcasting The Hill's Whip List: 36 GOP no votes on ObamaCare repeal plan MORE (R-Wash.), Tony Cardenas (D-Calif.) and Tonko are expected to address the Congressional Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency EXPO and Forum on Wednesday.

The event, which is in its 16th year, promotes sustainable and clean energy technology and draws green groups, trade organizations, federal officials, private sector firms and regulators.

The shifting geopolitics of petroleum and natural gas are the subject of a Wednesday discussion hosted by the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) think tank.

The event will focus on the changes in global trade and political dynamics caused by new U.S. oil and gas supplies.

Speakers include Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa MurkowskiElle honors 10 at annual 'Women in Washington' event Five takeaways from Labor pick’s confirmation hearing ObamaCare repeal faces last obstacle before House vote MORE (R-Alaska), the top Republican on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, former Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.), now a BPC senior fellow, and Adam Sieminski, who leads the Energy Information Administration.