Sorry... somehow i deleted my own discussion.  Here it is again

If Egypt falls... what happens to the Suez Canal and the flow of oil... and thus world oil supply lines?  Couldn't this have ripple effects…

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The Egyptian disruptions and concerns about the closure of the Suez Canal and Sumed pipeline, both of which transport more than 1% of global oil supplies - are huge. We are talking 1 to 3 million barrels per day at risk, out of a total market of 88 million barrels per day.

Add to that a bullish report on the energy sector entitled “Tightening Balances a Boon for Prices” was just issued by Morgan Stanley. They see the need for increased OPEC production in 2011 that will "refocus the market on the supply side, and its inability to meet growing demand. Prices need to remain higher to ration demand."

Morgan Stanley’s projection of spare crude oil production capacity makes it apparent that much higher prices will be necessary in the years ahead - the spare capacity chart in a word can be described as “shocking”. If they are correct on spare capacity, or lack thereof, it will also be shocking to the world economy and oil prices.

The discussion of Egypt and the potential impact on the oil market and Morgan Stanley’s spare production capacity chart is on the January 29th blog posting:

These are exciting times to be an investor in the energy and ag sectors, and in the market in general.

Bloomberg reported on Friday volume of USO calls (oil price ETF) was way up as folks tried to capture the upside price move. I think buying energy producers is a better play, but hey, no telling.

With the Suez canal shut down and the price of tankers (what is a tanker) up, mr Jhh was very far-sighted.

And you too, Wilma Watts. Fascinating! You all are so smart!


AND the Pyramids are closed!


Here is a picture of tankers in the Red Sea below the Suez canal taken at 25000+ ft from our airplane flying from Sharm-el-Sheikh to Cairo in December.  This was my first trip to Egypt.  My guess is that Islamic extremists do not currently have a lot of traction in Egypt, but I really do not know.  We were treated very well during our visit, and the Egyptian people I talked to seemed to consider Obama's speech in Egypt a huge sign of respect toward them.
Oops - try this one resized to be easier to view

Thank you.

What a spectacular photo!

How much of our supplies to the wars in the middle east travel through the canal?
I'm not sure as to the answer to your specific question but it's overall strategic importance cannot be overstated.  Eisenhower said his handling of the Suez Crisis in the 50's was one of his biggest foreign policy mistakes.

Would you be willing to elaborate on that?

(Read something on " or org" which had one of the generals agreeing to return hostilities but asking, "whose side are we on?"

If you have time/inclination, would much appreciate. And probably others would, too.

You, ledlights and JHH are so ahead of the curve with your thoughts about the Suez Canal and the crisis in the 1950s.

The BBC is doing a mini-series on UK military involvement during that time. I wish the US would do a series about Eisenhower's role as you mention in your post above-

Thanks for this interesting post.




Definitely, the President made it very clearly that he was very much for them when he spoke there early on in his presidency.  For a couple of reasons, I heard it twice.  What better friend could they have?  
Sorry, I missed this post, basically Eisenhower didn't support Britain, France, and Israel after Egypt (under Nasser) decided to nationalize the Suez.  Some folks say this was the end of British power abroad, as they never tried to act without the backing of the U.S. afterward... it's also cited as a big reason why the British never helped us in 'Nam.  Some also say this was why the French gave Israel so much nuclear technology.  At any rate, it's a very complicated topic, here's the wiki link, but it's only a start.

These two headlines tonight:

Report: Palestinian cabinet to resign in wake of Mideast turmoil


UPDATE 1-Gaddafi tells Palestinians: revolt against Israel





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