PUMP the Movie and Cutting Off Funding for Jihad

Oil money helps jihadist groups grow. But only because the price of oil is artificially high. If the price of oil could come down significantly, the global jihadist movement would be meaningfully disempowered.

The price of oil is high largely because OPEC deliberately restrains its output to keep oil scarce, and therefore expensive. This works only because oil has a virtual monopoly on transportation fuel, and transportation underpins the modern economy.

But a monopoly comes to an end when competition begins.

A new documentary has just come out that details how we can create fuel competition in the United States, and what consequences it would have in the world. It's called PUMP (watch the trailer here). We recommend you go see it, and bring your friends.

The movie doesn't really say anything about Islam, so you can bring anybody without making them feel shocked or offended. The movie is so inoffensive, even the Huffington Post published a good review of it (read it here). Hannity also had good things to say about the movie: Hannity On PUMP: A Story ‘America Needs To Know’.

Click here to find out when PUMP is coming to your town (click on your state in the drop down menu to find out what theaters are showing it).

In an article about the movie, Avishay Artsy writes:

PUMP was funded b Fuel Freedom Foundation, a nonprofit co-founded by Israeli software entrepreneurs Yossie Hollander and Eyal Aronoff. Aronoff lost his father in the 1967 Six-Day War, and on 9/11, Aronoff’s step-brother and his new wife were killed in the World Trade Center attack. Aronoff said that freeing America from its dependence on imported oil will lead to greater security from the threat of radical Islam.

“ISIL sells 50,000 to 60,000 oil barrels a day," says Eyal Aronoff, one of the producers of the movie. "If there’s no demand for oil, they have no money...Someone is paying for all these rockets from Gaza into Israel. We remove this oil money, we remove the ability to pay for the rockets.”

Frank Gaffney of The Center for Security Policy (and an advocate of fuel competition as a way to gain energy security in America) hosted a National Security Summit last month. Among the speakers was former National Security Advisor to President Reagan, Robert McFarlane. In his speech, McFarlane makes a persuasive argument that true fuel competition is the answer to destroying OPEC and assuring our energy security. See his speech here (session 5: McFarlane begins speaking at 24:33).

Watching a movie while eating popcorn is a great way to absorb information. Bring your friends and family and make a night of it. Help people change the way they see oil's strategic status. Our way of life might just depend on it.

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1 comment:

  1. Movies are a powerful medium; sometimes watching someone else go through something in a film can give you clues as to how you can handle it differently than you have so far.