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Obama urged to use energy to punish Russia




WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 17:   U.S. President Barack Obama gives a statement on the situation in the Ukraine in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House on March 17, 2014 in Washington, DC. The U.S. and the European Union have imposed sanctions on Russian and Ukraine officials in response to their actions that supported the referendum for Crimean separation. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 17: U.S. President Barack Obama gives a statement on the situation in the Ukraine in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House on March 17, 2014 in Washington, DC. The U.S. and the European Union have imposed sanctions on Russian and Ukraine officials in response to their actions that supported the referendum for Crimean separation. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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U.S. sanctions have been imposed on Russia, but Washington is buzzing with arguments that President Obama should adopt another tool.

One that could cost Russia even more in the long run.

He's being urged to capitalize on our new-found energy wealth -- thanks to fracking -- to punish Russia and to help US allies.

The BBC's North America correspondent, Mark Mardell reports from Maryland.