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 Bruce VitterSenate panel advances Trump nominee who wouldn't say if Brown v. Board of Education was decided correctly Planned Parenthood targets judicial nominee over abortion comments Trump nominates wife of ex-Louisiana senator to be federal judge 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 WhitehouseSenators introduce Trump-backed criminal justice bill 3 ways House Dems can fight climate change when sweeping policy is off the table Hillicon Valley: Trump eyes staff shake-up | Amazon taps NYC, Northern Virginia for new offices | What it will mean for DC | Tech firms buck Trump on cyber pact | Defense official warns against hacking back 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 WydenRonald (Ron) Lee WydenHillicon Valley: Russian-linked hackers may have impersonated US officials | Trump signs DHS cyber bill | Prosecutors inadvertently reveal charges against Assange | Accenture workers protest border enforcement work | App mines crypto for bail bonds Dems demand answers from AT&T, Verizon and Sprint on internet throttling claims Warren, 2020 Dems target private immigration detention center operators MORE (D-Ore.) will headline Wednesday’s Energy Efficiency Forum at the National Press Club. Other speakers include Reps. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerMcConnell, Flake clash over protecting Mueller probe Election Countdown: Florida Senate race heads to hand recount | Dem flips Maine House seat | New 2020 trend - the 'friend-raiser' | Ad war intensifies in Mississippi runoff | Blue wave batters California GOP Trump, California battle over climate and cause of fires MORE (R-Colo.), Peter WelchPeter Francis WelchDem overtures to Trump on drug pricing worry pharma Dems warn party message lacks punch Trump unveils most aggressive action to target 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 (Dave) George ReichertWashington New Members 2019 How Republicans who voted against ObamaCare repeal fared in midterms Election Countdown: Recount prospects grow in Florida | Abrams team to sue over absentee ballots | Dem wins pivotal Georgia House seat | A look at the uncalled races | Corporations spend big to beat ballot measures 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 Ann MurkowskiMcConnell, Flake clash over protecting Mueller probe Dems slam Trump’s energy regulator nominee Ernst elected to Senate GOP leadership 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.