Week Ahead: Energy and Environment Events Nov. 30-Dec. 4

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The week began with the start of talks in Paris on an accord that would commit developing and developed nations to reducing emissions of planet-warming gases.

Republicans in the House of Representatives this week plan votes to undermine the Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of the Obama administration’s contribution to the global push on climate change.

Other events ahead this week:

CLIMATE CRITICISM: The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology on Tuesday holds a hearing to focus Republican criticism on the U.S. role in the climate talks. The hearing is entitled Pitfalls of Unilateral Negotiations at the Paris Climate Change Conference. 

OIL AND GAS: The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing Tuesday on regulations related to offshore oil and gas production.

ENERGY OFFICIAL: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday will review several nominations, including that of Amos Hochstein to be an assistant secretary of State for energy resources.

HOUSE RULES: The House Rules Committee meets Tuesday to formulate a rule on H.R. 8, the North American Energy and Infrastructure Act of 2015. Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) is seeking approval of an amendment that would lift the U.S. ban on most crude oil exports.

FRACKING ON FEDERAL LAND: Nada Culver, senior counsel and director of the Wilderness Society’s BLM Action Center, and Richard McNeer of the Department of the Interior’s solicitor’s office discuss the BLM’s regulatory authority and a district court’s decision that prohibits implementing a new hydraulic fracturing rule while litigation over it is pending. 1 p.m. Tuesday, D.C. Bar Conference Center, Washington.

VEHICLES: Resources for the Future holds a seminar, The Evolving U.S. Vehicle Fleet: Responding to New Federal Regulations, 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, RFF, 616 P St. NW, Washington, D.C.

POWER MARKETS: The Atlantic Council holds an event, The Energy Transition: Power Markets and Energy Technology, 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Atlantic Council, 1030 15th St.  NW, 12th Floor, Washington, D.C.

NUCLEAR: A House Science subcommittee holds a hearing Thursday on H.R. 4084, the Nuclear Energy and Innovation Capabilities Act.

CLEAN ENERGY: The Environmental and Energy Study Institute and the Center for Climate Strategies hold a briefing on how the U.S. and the EU governments can expand collaboration on renewable electricity. 2 p.m. Thursday, Cannon House Office Building Room 334.

By Renee Schoof