Week Ahead: Energy and Environment Events Jan. 4-8

Capitol Scaffolding

The House of Representatives is back in session on Tuesday and could vote this week on bills that Republicans say would help trim excessive regulations.

The House on Wednesday is scheduled to consider a bill (H.R. 1155) that would require federal agencies to rescind outdated regulations. It would create a commission that would review regulations and recommend which ones should be repealed.

The House also could vote later in the week on H.R. 712, which would apply to all regulatory agencies but is mostly focused on disrupting legal strategies often used by environmental and public health groups to force the Environmental Protection Agency to end regulatory delays.

As Bloomberg BNA reported (here, for subscribers), the measures are part of a package of bills discussed in 2015 that would speed up infrastructure projects held up by environmental permit requirements and take aim at legal strategies used by environmental groups. Democrats said the bills would create new roadblocks to environmental and public safety regulations and give industry too much say in the regulatory process.

Other events ahead this week:

CLIMATE POLICY: EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy speaks about the domestic and international implications of the Paris climate agreement. 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Council on Foreign Relations.

White House Senior Director for Energy and Climate Change Paul Bodnar discusses what’s next for the U.S. after the Paris agreement at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

And Martin Weitzman of Harvard University holds a technical seminar at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at Resources for the Future on carbon pricing.

By Renee Schoof, rschoof@bna.com