He said in response to a question whether the Biden administration would continue the exports:
- Our broad energy cooperation with India under the Strategic Energy Partnership is strong and will continue growing even as the administration prioritises climate change issues
The US has become one of the biggest suppliers of crude oil, sending about 84 million barrels, and about 115,000 million cubic feet of natural gas during 2020 till November.
- When it comes to energy cooperation more broadly, I would say that the US-India energy partnership supports sustainable energy development
- We will continue to work closely with India on the challenge of climate change
The US was «integrating climate objectives across all of our diplomacy,» he said in his 1st major foreign policy address earlier this month.
India-US cooperation in the energy field grew starting in 2017 under former President Trump who was keen to increase oil & gas exports to India and to wean it away from dependence on Iran on which he imposed an embargo and withdrew an initial exemption granted to India for importing from that country.
US-India energy cooperation took hold under the administration of former President Obama with an emphasis on clean energy, but under Trump, who stepped away from fighting climate change, it turned to exporting to fossil fuel from the US.