End of the oil age

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End of the Oil Age
Bill Reinert, an innovator of Toyota's gasoline-saving Prius, says carmakers aren't moving fast enough to cope with global warming and $100-a-barrel crude. Hybrids, plug-ins andelectric-only vehicles must take center stage to help the planet avoid environmental and economic disaster.
Bill Reinert, investigador del Nuevo Toyota gasolina-ahorro Prius, analiza la situación delos productores de coches, y remarca que no se están movilizando suficientemente rápido para hacer frente al calentamiento global y a los $100 que cuesta un barril de petróleo. Hybridos, plug-ins yvehículos solamente electrónicos tienen que ocupar un papel principal a la hora de solventar el desastre medioambiental y económico.
Bill Reinert, quien ayudo a diseñar el Toyota Motor Corp’s PriusHybrid, se subió a un helicóptero a unos 1.000 pies sobre el cielo de Fort McMurray, Alberta. En esa despejada mañana de Noviembre, intentó estirarse para echar una mirada a una de las reservas másgrandes de petróleo del mundo donde no hay un pozo de petróleo a la vista. 
Bill Reinert, who helped design Toyota Motor Corp.'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 2-mile-wide pit below, trucks head torefineries with loads of sand weighing more than Boeing 747s. Yellow flames shoot skyward as 900-degree-Fahrenheit (482-degree- Celsius) heat liquefies any embedded petroleum. Floating scarecrows andpropane-powered cannons do their best to chase migrating birds from lethal wastewater ponds. Eventually, nuclear reactors may surround the crater 270 miles (435 kilometers) northeast of Edmonton,Alberta, delivering the power required to wring oil from sand.
"This is what the end of the age of oil means," says Reinert, 60, who plans the vehicles Toyota will make in a quarter century as...
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