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India and China driving global oil demand: Obama

Increased use of energy resources by fast growing economies like India.

Increased use of energy resources by fast growing economies like India,China and Brazil is driving the global oil and gas demand,US President Barack Obama said.

“The problem is a great deal of uncertainty in the oil markets,part of it prompted by the fact that the economy’s growing faster in some places than others,but you’ve got China and India and Brazil and other emerging nations that are using more and more energy as their economies advance,” Obama said at a news conference.

Following the current unrest in the Middle East,gas prices in the US have crossed $3.5 a gallon and is expected to further go up,which is prompting demand of use of strategic oil reserve,which Obama said,is an option not under consideration right now because there is no major disruption in oil supplies.

“We already saw that trend in 2008. Because of the worldwide recession oil prices went back down,but to some degree a lot of what’s happening in prices is as a consequence of economic growth,and countries and economies starting to use more oil.

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“Part of it,though,is also uncertainty in terms of what’s happening in the Middle East,” he said.

“One of the messages that I want to send today is that we are confident about our ability to fill any potential gaps in supply,” he said.