Published January 31, 2011
The Egyptian crisis continues to grow, and with it concern is being raised about the safety of the Suez Canal, which connects the Red Sea and the Mediterranean. An estimated 35,000 cargo ships use the canal each year, of which about 10 percent were petroleum tankers. The U.S. estimates that about 16 percent of the tonnage carried through the canal is petroleum product – including 1 million barrels of oil a day -- and the canal is considered by the U.S. government to be one of seven “world oil transit chokepoints.” In addition, about 8 percent of the world’s trade passes through the canal. With that in mind, if free passage through the canal were threatened, would you favor or oppose U.S. military action to keep it open?
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