The Straight of Hormuz

Recently the United States has set in motion a series of sanctions against Iran. These sanctions are designed to put financial pressure on the Iranian state due to rising suspicions about their nuclear ambitions. There have been multiple reports of different facilities enriching uranium which the United States and their allies  believe could be used for nuclear weapons and not just energy. In response to these sanctions the Iranian military backed by the support of president  Mahmoud Ahmadinejad {A} and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei {B} are threatening to close the Straight of Hormuz. This area of ocean off the Arabian Peninsula has the highest level of oil movement in the world. About 14 tankers carrying 15.5 million barrels of crude oil pass through the strait each day, making it one of the world’s most strategically important choke points. This represents 35% of the world’s seaborne oil shipments, and 20% of oil traded worldwide in 2011. {C} This is a dangerous situation for both the west and the rest of the world. With our dependence on middle eastern oil and no sign of alternative fuels picking up steam it is imperative we measure our options with care to secure our future of transportation and production in all sections of our economy. It is a scary prospect to think our country is “not ruling out” a military strike on Iran in relation to energy accessability. Its obvious that this needs to come as a better late than never style wake up call about our national energy independence. As the most powerful nation in the world as well as the one that consumes the most energy it is a must for us to secure a domestic energy source for our future. Whether this means drilling for oil right here at home and ignoring the pointless and inevitable bickering and quite frankly “bitching” by our relentless activists (which by the way few other nations even have any of) or utilizing nuclear, solar, tidal, or geothermal energy we have available to us. There should be no reason we don’t allow the Canadians (our allies) to build a pipeline down to Houston to refine oil domestically.

Sourced:

{A} http://in.reuters.com/article/2008/04/30/iran-economy-khamenei-idINDAH03115420080430?pageNumber=1&virtualBrandChannel=0

{B} http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ali_Khamenei

 {C}  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Straight_of_Hormuz

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