Week Ahead: Environment and Energy Events for the Week of Feb. 8

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President Barack Obama makes his last budget request tomorrow. There have been a few previews so far on climate change and energy, including a suggestion of a $10-per-barrel tax on oil to pay for clean energy, the POWER+ Plan to provide economic development in Appalachian communities where coal is in decline, and a plan to spend $7.7 billion for clean energy research and development. Check Bloomberg BNA’s reporting tomorrow for a deeper look at what’s in the budget.

Later today, the Senate resumes work on trying to pass a broad energy bill. Bloomberg BNA’s Ari Natter is reporting on whether senators can reach an agreement to provide funding for Flint, Mich., over its crisis with lead-tainted drinking water. Democrats were holding up the bill late last week over the issue.

Here are other energy and environment events this week:

FISH AND WILDLIFE: The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee holds a hearing on Federal Interactions with State Management of Fish and Wildlife at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in 406 Dirksen Senate Office Building.

NRC BUDGET: The House Appropriations panel on Energy and Water hearing on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s FY17 budget request, with testimony from commissioners, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, 2362-B Rayburn House Office Building.

RULES: The House Science Committee will hold a hearing it’s calling Midnight Regulations: Examining Executive Branch Overreach. Witnesses scheduled are Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council President Karen Kerrigan, Bosworth Air Conditioning President Jerry Bosworth, Alliance to Save Energy President Kateri Callahan and Sam Batkins, director of regulatory policy at the American Action Forum, 10 a.m. Wednesday, 2318 Rayburn House Office Building.

WATER: The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee holds a hearing on a new Water Resources Development Act, 10 a.m. Dirksen Senate Office Building.

CLIMATE CHANGE: The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy holds an event on Combating Climate Change in the Courts, with Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), NRDC founder Richard Ayres and former general counsel for the EPA Roger Martella, noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, National Press Club.


The Environmental and Energy Study Institute holds a briefing on the Paris climate deal, 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, G50 Dirksen Senate Office Building.

By Renee Schoof, rschoof@bna.com