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Yes, I agree with the "never gonna run out of oil" statement, I was using that as a shorthand for becoming economically unattractive which is a looser concept.

I believe that the Chinese are building their railway link to Pakistan and on to Iran specifically to deal with the "sea lane"  problem, especially as it's quicker and more productive. However, I think the idea of the US playing pirate in the Indian Ocean with such a flammable product is somewhat unlikely.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Nov 29th, 2011 at 02:36:31 PM EST
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The fact the tankers are flammable cuts both ways.  If a crew has a choice between halting or burning to death (or drowning) I'd bet they'd halt.

Maybe I'm more cynical than you?  I have no problem thinking the US Navy "playing pirate in the Indian Ocean."

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Tue Nov 29th, 2011 at 02:54:21 PM EST
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