US election 2016: America’s Great Game as energy superpower

What’s lost in the coverage of the overnight internet sensation Ken Bone is the question he asked.

He surged to social media stardom as the unassuming guy with a bright red sweater during a corrosive second presidential debate But the topic he raised – energy policy – will have lasting significance for the next president and the country. That’s partly because of American jobs lost and won in the energy industry, which is often the focus during election season. It’s also because the US is increasingly using oil and gas as a tool of foreign policy, deepening its involvement in a high-stakes game of pipelines ranging from Russia to Israel to Turkey and even Syria. An Energy Superpower: The view of energy as a matter of security, not just economic competition, is not new in Washington. But it was Hillary Clinton who gave a significant boost to energy diplomacy.