PUBLISHED: 15:30, Tue, Oct 27, 2020 | UPDATED: 15:32, Tue, Oct 27, 2020
Mr Biden remains ahead of US President Donald Trump in the latest national opinion polls with just one week to go until the US election. Kamala Harris, Biden's vice-presidential running mate, is heading to Arizona and Texas where Republicans have not lost an election for statewide office in 26 years. The move is a sign of confidence by the Biden team, but also comes as the President’s campaign made energy policy a prominent part of its closing swing state attacks.
Natural gas and oil are important industries in several competitive states, including Texas – the largest producer - Pennsylvania, the nation's second-largest producer, and Ohio.
Voters are said to be concerned with Mr Biden's “confusing” message over fracking, in light of the Democratic nominee's newly revealed plan to “transition away” from oil energy and fracking by 2050.
The route of uncertainty is centred around claims Mr Biden wanted a complete ban on fracking based on previous speeches, which Mr Trump has now made a prominent part of his campaign – playing the videos at all his rallies.
And Professor of geopolitics and security at Royal Holloway, Klaus Dodds, says a reduction in the industry could play into the hands of Russia, who are currently investing heavy interest in the exploitation of natural resources.
Joe Biden's plan could play into the hands of Russia (Image: GETTY)
Joe Biden has come under scrutiny for his comments (Image: GETTY)
He told Express.co.uk: “After Russia annexed Crimea in 2013, sanctions were imposed on Russia by the US and they were deliberately targeted to hit its economic and financial interests, in particular the energy sector.
“Really what has arisen over the last six or seven years is a strategic bargain.
“Russia and China don’t have to agree on everything, but where they have common cause is Russia needs Chinese money and investment to continue to exploit oil and gas resources in the Arctic.
“Russia is spending a lot of money on modernising and militarising because it is increasingly aware that the Arctic is becoming a hot topic, but also more accessible as sea ice retreats and the waters become more open.
“There are lots of good reasons why Russia is doing what it is and the Russian-Chinese relationship is best described as a marriage of convenience – they don’t have to love each other, but get along because of shared interests.”
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Vladimir Putin will be watching on (Image: GETTY)
During a talk at the Valdai Discussion Club, Mr Putin acknowledged a military alliance between the pair "could be imagined".
He added: “We have always assumed that our relations have reached such a degree of interaction and trust that we do not need it, but theoretically it is quite possible to imagine such a thing.
“We have reached a high level of interaction in the field of military-technical cooperation, and this is probably the most important thing.
“It is not only about the