TheNiche Posted March 5, 2009 Share Posted March 5, 2009 Nobody knows how much it would cost to bury the lines.How do you figure? The guy quoted by the Chronicle said it was $1 million per mile. No doubt he got his information from somewhere. Nobody knows how much money was lost be not having power after Ike.No, not to the Dollar, but we can get an estimate to within a reasonable range pretty easily. What's wrong with that?Nobody knows when the next major outage is going to hit.We have plenty of documented history to go on regarding the frequency and destructiveness of storms. Perhaps it is impossible to say whether a destructive storm will strike this year, the next, or even within the coming decade, but it is possible to determine within a reasonable margin of error what the odds are that a storm of any given magnitude will strike the Houston metropolitan area in any given year. For the purposes of cost-benefit analysis, that is all that is necessary.That doesnt mean we should try and improve the city.There's more than one way to skin a cat.Underground power lines have many advantages over above ground lines.That statement is accurate, but it is imprecise. If you desire to construct a compelling argument justifying a massive expenditure on replacement infrastructure, I suggest that you find ways to enumerate the benefits. ...something better than just that it looks cool. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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