I feel that American consumption of oil is a direct contributor to funding of terrorist activities throughout the world. Not much of it, though. But the sheer amount of oil that is used throughout the world today makes even the smallest diversion of funds what I expect is a sizable amount of money, millions could just get "lost" through the systems. Look at American companies, how our executives are willing to screw over the company and investors for themselves? Perhaps those in the Middle East simply steal from their companies to pay for terrorism?
I'm not saying this is true. I am not sure if I have facts to back these statements up. But this is what I feel, and is my personal assumption of why the world turns the way it does.
So each time you fill up your car, perhaps a penny of it hands up in the hands of terrorists. Not much, but when they get it from all of the oil sales, all over the world... Gas has gone up in price, and it feels like the amount of terrorism is rising as well. Coincidence, or cause and effect?
Lately, I've been trying to drive for fuel efficiency, accelerating slowly (keeping the engine under 3,000 rpm), and when I can tell that I'm going to stop in a distance, putting the automatic transmission into neutral and letting the car coast, slowing slowly with the brakes. I've gone from about a 21 mpg average to 23 mpg. Hey, it's not much... but, the less we can each contribute, simply by adjusting our habits to get more from our gas, the more I think it would be good to do it. Just try to be a bit gentler on the gas pedal.