US wants hike in global crude output, including from Opec, official says

THE United States wants to see a hike in oil production, including from Opec countries, said a senior State Department official yesterday.

“As world economies recover, we’ll see more consumption. And therefore we’d like to see supply meet demand,” said Jose Fernandez, the US Undersecretary of State for Economic Affairs, Energy and the Environment, on the sidelines of the CERAWeek energy conference, in Houston, Texas.