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: