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Why is the Obama administration so interested in Caribbean energy security?

HIGHLIGHT - The Obama administration has made its second high-level pivot to the Caribbean for the year, with a one-day official visit to Jamaica this week at which the issue of energy is expected to feature prominently.

The issue is so critical that US Vice-President Joe Biden chaired a summit earlier this year on Caribbean energy security, where he determined that the issue was "equal to anything else the US was doing around the world." But looking beneath the rhetoric, ending the Caribbean's reliance on cheap Venezuelan oil is high on Washington's agenda.

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