Chokepoints and Oil Transport

After our lesson last week on chokepoints, I read this post today on the World Geography Blog.  It got me to thinking about how much oil goes through these places, so I Googled and found this:

World Oil Transit Chokepoints Energy Data, Statistics and Analysis – Oil, Gas, Electricity, Coal.

Chokepoints are narrow channels along widely used global sea routes, some so narrow that restrictions are placed on the size of vessel that can navigate through them. They are a critical part of global energy security due to the high volume of oil traded through their narrow straits.

Because the Panama locks are so small not much oil passes through the canal, but some straits are not much wider.  This is the Bosporus, on the way from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean.

World Oil Transit Chokepoints Energy Data, Statistics and Analysis - Oil, Gas, Electricity, Coal

The article, from the US Energy Information Administration (whoever has heard of them?) covers all the oil chokepoints worldwide, and discusses the implications of their potential closure.

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