Clinton: 'Energy diplomacy' central to US foreign policy

Clinton, who has said she will not serve a second term even if President Obama wins, has boosted State’s focus on energy.

Last year State launched its Bureau of Energy Resources, aimed at helping ensure “adequate and affordable supplies,” keeping markets stable, aiding access to supplies in poor countries and boosting transparency, among other goals.

Clinton has been a vocal supporter of controversial Securities and Exchange Commission transparency rules that will force SEC-listed petroleum and mining companies to disclose their payments to foreign governments.

In addition, State in recent years has been working to help other nations develop their shale gas resources. Shale gas development in the U.S. has helped push domestic production to record highs.

Increased natural gas development could help some nations increase their leverage by lessening reliance on Russia, which is a major supplier to European countries.

“We have an interest in resolving disputes among nations over energy, and ensuring that countries don't use their energy resources, or proximity to transit routes, to force others to bend to their will or forgive their bad behavior,” Clinton’s speech states.