Are Americans Funding Terrorism In The Middle East By Buying Imported Gasoline? What You Should Know

The unrest in the Middle East never seems to end, and every time it seems to die down for a while another even bigger problem tends to crop up somewhere else. Some websites are urging Americans to stop buying gas and oil from certain companies, because that money is getting funneled directly to support terrorism.

Other sources are calling this notion a rumor. Here's something every driver should ponder.

Some experts say that one way Americans can help put a stop to terrorists and extremism in the Middle East is to boycott oil from the region. Professor Leif Wenar, chair of philosophy and law at London's King's College and author of the book, "Blood Oil: Tyranny, Resources, and the Rules that Run the World," says buying oil from the Middle East is only going to make matters worse.

“It’s the same as back in the days of the slave trade,” he explains.

"It was taken for granted that this was the way the world always worked. In our day, the world works in a very strange way that we take for granted."

"We’ll make it legal to buy natural resources, essentially from anyone who can control them by force.”

Some websites warn that Saudi Arabia is boycotting oil from the U.S., so the U.S. should do so in return.

According to Snopes.com, any rumor about a Saudi boycott is unfounded.

The website TruthOrFiction.com questions the validity of the claims that buying oil supports terrorism. Experts don't agree on this issue since many terrorists aren't necessarily linked to oil companies.

One of the reasons this rumor began is because Osama bin Laden was Saudi Arabian and came from a wealthy family. He backed the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks that resulted in the deaths of thousands of people.

But the fact is, bin Laden's family didn't make their money from oil, and the terrorist mastermind was estranged from his family anyway.

For a lot of Americans, it's a touchy subject. No one wants to fund terrorism, even unwittingly, and lend to ongoing problems in the Middle East.

But at the same time, a lot of environmentally-conscious Americans don't want to see more oil drilling on American land.

There is no easy solution to the dilemma, but it's an issue that anyone concerned about the unrest in the Middle East might want to consider. There is one way to be safe if you fear that your money, even indirectly, might be going to support extremist violence and jihadists: be careful about where you buy your gas.

Some gas stations import most or all of their oil from the Middle East. Shell imports nearly 206 million barrels per year; Chevron/Texaco imports nearly 145 million; Exxon/Mobil imports over 130 million; Marathon/Speedway imports over 117 million; and Amoco imports over 62 million.

According to American Web Media, another company that should be avoided is Citgo Gas, because the money is going to fund revolutions in Venezuela.

Some gas stations safe for people who want to avoid oil imported from Venezuela or the Middle East are: Murphy, Sunoco, Conoco, Sinclair, BP/Phillips, Hess, ARCO, Pilot, Flying J. Love's, RaceTrac Valero, and Walmart.

According to AWM, "All of this information is available from the Department of Energy and each is required to state where they get their oil and how much they are importing."

Source: AWM
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