Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Know Your Choke Points

From the Financial Times yesterday - - Oil tanker trade soars on back of US boom:

"The increase in US production is changing trade flows and causing increased pressure on some of the world's major choke points," said consultant David Goldwin, who was previously the US state department's top diplomat for oil affairs.  "For global energy security, that means increased vulnerability to piracy."

The choke points?  Pull out a map and locate these:
  • Panama Canal
  • Danish Straits
  • Suez Canal
  • Turkish Straits
  • Bab el-Mandab (this earns your extra credit)
  • Strait of Hormuz
  • Strait of Malacca

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