Could Clinton's endorsement of the Saudi women-to-drive (Twitter: @women2drive) movement cause another surge in gas prices?

Today Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the United States endorses the women's rights movement in Saudi Arabia, saying that automobile travel is essential for economic equality.

The rate of unemployment in Saudi Arabia, believed to hover around 10 percent of the local population, is believed to be much higher among women than men.

Last Friday, Saudi Arabian women came out in protest of the fatwa -- or religious decree -- forbidding women from driving, with women getting behind the wheel all over the country.

The decree has sparked a major debate in the Muslim world, as many theologians argue there is no evidence in the Qur'an that female drivers are haram, or sinful.

Behind the protest is the proponent for the Saudi woman's right to get behind the wheel: Manal al-Sharif, who was jailed for a little over a week after she posted a YouTube video of herself driving a car and discussing why the Saudi government should legalize driving.

Not all of us live luxurious lives and are spoilt like queens and have drivers, she said in the video.

What if there's an emergency, what's a woman to do, she said, noting that if a woman's husband has a heart attack, she sometimes has no way to get him to the hospital.

Women are ignorant and illiterate when it comes to driving. You'll find a woman with a PhD, a professor at a college, and she doesn't know how to drive.

Now that Clinton has backed the Saudi women's initiative, there is some question that it will disrupt the United States relationship with Saudi Arabia, responsible for the production of over 13 percent of the world's oil.

Until now, US-Saudi relations have been relatively stable, even through the Bush Regime's war in Iraq.