1. ENERGY POLICY:
Would green groups cut a deal to allow crude exports?
Could green groups ever support legislation to lift the decades-old ban on crude exports if it included provisions to conserve public lands and wildlife, promote renewable energy or invest in low-carbon technologies?
House GOP leadership shakeup won't affect crude exports bill
House Speaker John Boehner's surprise decision to retire has upended the chamber's short-term legislative agenda, opening the door to potential deals on a highway bill and budget agreement before the Ohio Republican steps down on Oct. 30. But Boehner's departure and the likely ascension of House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to speaker does not appear to have changed the calculus on an energy policy priority for GOP lawmakers: lifting the decades-old ban on crude oil exports.