The week ahead: High-profile hearings and, perhaps, a Senate showdown

On Thursday the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee gathers for a hearing on competitiveness and collaboration between the United States and China on clean energy.
The relationship is a little sour these days — each side is accusing the other of unfair trade practices with respect to green-energy goods.
On May 30 the Commerce Department announced a preliminary decision to impose new tariffs on wind energy towers from China, escalating an ongoing trade fight.
On the Senate floor, a vote will occur as soon as this week on Sen. James Inhofe’s (R-Okla.) resolution to overturn EPA regulations requiring curbs in mercury and other air toxics from coal-fired power plants.
Critics of the regulations say they’ll hurt the economy and result in lost jobs, while backers call the allegation overblown and say the rule will provide vital public health protections.
There’s plenty happening off Capitol Hill, too. Among the events to watch:
On Tuesday, June 12, the Brookings Institution will hold a forum on the “challenges and opportunities” of Arctic energy development. Speakers include Carlos Pascual, the State Department’s special envoy and coordinator for international energy affairs.
June 13 and 14 will bring the annual Energy Efficiency Forum, sponsored by Johnson Controls and the United States Energy Association. Speakers are slated to include White House energy aide Heather Zichal.

This post was updated at 3:15 p.m.

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