Sunday, February 24, 2008

Business & Technology | Running out of gas? | Seattle Times Newspaper

Read this article for a stark reality check

Bill Reinert, who helped design Toyota's Prius hybrid, hovers in a helicopter 1,000 feet over Fort McMurray, Alberta.

On this clear November morning, he's craning for a look at one of the world's largest petroleum reserves where there's not an oil well in sight.

Instead, in a two-mile-wide pit below, trucks head to refineries with loads of sand weighing more than Boeing 747s. Yellow flames shoot skyward as 900-degree heat liquefies any embedded petroleum.

On a related note, in today's Boston Globe:

Gas costs force Americans to cut back on driving

Business & Technology | Running out of gas? | Seattle Times Newspaper

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