The administration of U.S. President Joe Biden has asked some of the world's largest oil consuming nations — including China, India and Japan — to consider releasing crude stockpiles in a coordinated effort to lower global energy prices, according to several people familiar with the matter.

The unusual request comes as Biden fends off political pressure over rising pump prices and other consumer costs driven by a rebound in economic activity from lows plumbed early in the coronavirus pandemic.

It also reflects U.S. frustration with members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies, who have rebuffed repeated requests from Washington to speed up their production increases.