US President Barack Obama believes his nation will become a “net exporter” of energy in the coming years.
The newly re-elected head of the United States made the remarks in an interview with TIME magazine, which crowned him as its Person of the Year.
Obama told the magazine: “The United States is going to be a net exporter of energy because of new technologies and what we’re doing with natural gas and oil.
“And that, I think, gives us more freedom of movement to speak to the kind of Middle East that we want to see and the world we want to see.”
The US has seen a boom in shale gas which has allowed it to rely less on imports, while the country has a strong wind power sector.
Although environmentalists deplored the absence of climate change in the presidential election debates before November, the President signalled he would renew his attention to the policy area.
Asked about his priorities, Obama added: “My primary focus is going to continue to be on the economy, on immigration, on climate change and energy.”