PUMP! Documentary

This eye-opening documentary discusses the early stages of the automobile industry and how gasoline has become a monopoly in America. Henry Ford originally designed all his cars to be fuel flexible, which would give people the option to either choose gasoline or ethanol. Ethanol is form of alcohol made from fermenting corn or other forms of starch. Rockefeller knew that ethanol would pose a threat to his monopoly on oil, so he helped pass the Prohibition Law. America’s dependency for foreign oil has caused many issues such as fracking, pollution, and is one of the main reasons behind the war in the Middle East. The documentary also discusses how Brazil’s former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva successfully implemented ethanol at every gas pump. This move gave Brazil independence from foreign oil and helped sky rocket their economy. The film also interviews Elon Musk who is the creator of Tesla Motors and gives several other options of what consumers can do in the future to become independent of oil.