That America is “addicted” to petroleum may involve conspiracy theory about “Big Oil,” but wrapped up in it may also be conspiracy fact – and this PUMP aims to explore.
The documentary, “starring” industry movers and shakers including Tesla CEO Elon Musk, opens in Los Angeles and New York theaters Sept. 19 and in Utah the following week, and examines the history of petroleum as the life blood of America.
A deeper look will be given to hidden costs to the present American way of life, and alternatives will be considered. The film aims to show holdbacks to now-ready alternative fuels it asserts have been deliberately suppressed by monied interests from the very beginnning.
“PUMP is an inspiring, eye-opening documentary that tells the story of America’s addiction to oil, from its corporate conspiracy beginnings to its current monopoly today, and explains clearly and simply how we can end it – and finally win choice at the pump,” say its promoters.
Among alternatives, the film examines biofuels, flex fuel vehicles, natural gas, battery electric powertrains, and more. Elon Musk is actually the second name in the list of stars. The first is John Hofmeister, founder and CEO at Citizens for Affordable Energy, and former president of Shell Oil. Also starring are Luiz Inácio da Silva, Brazil’s president from 2003-2011.
“Today oil is our only option of transportation fuel at the pump. Our exclusive use of it has drained our wallets, increased air pollution and sent our sons and daughters to war in faraway lands,” says its promoters. “PUMP shows us how through the use of a variety of replacement fuels, we will be able to fill up our cars – cheaper, cleaner and American made – and in the process, create more jobs for a stronger, healthier economy.“
More info can be seen at the film’s Web site.