Despite advances in alternative energy technologies including solar electricity, oil will remain a major energy source for the foreseeable future. This is a critical problem when we factor in the political instability of regions with low-cost proven reserves. Fortunately, deposits of oil sands — found abundantly in Utah, Kentucky, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, California, New Mexico, and Canada — represent a proven, cost-competitive technology that is quietly coming on line. What are the implications? We’ll show you.