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Old 10-23-2007, 04:50 PM
 
Location: Houston, Tx
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Default Future of Houston

Is anyone concerned about the future of Houston with so much talk about alternative fuels. Houston's economy seems to be very dependent upon the Petrolium industry. Also with things becomming so much greener don't you think that the fact that Houston seems to be running on the same old industrial momentum that is has had ever since the oil boom will be a problem. I get worried that someday all cars will be running on corn fuel or something and old industrial Houston will be left in the dark with its Industry being phased out. Can anyone shed light on this or does anyone have insight into this.
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Old 10-23-2007, 04:53 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Despite investment in alternative fuels - fossil fuel as the main source of fuel will continue at least another 25-30 years. Alternatives are being studies and tested but mainstream use is lightyears away. Now if someone is 20 and worried about the petrochemical industry for retirement purposes then you may have a worry. Petrochemicals is so much more than fossil fuels - it is plastics, chemicals in everyday products, etc.
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Old 10-23-2007, 05:14 PM
 
Location: A little suburb of Houston
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The alternative fuel industry is not doing so well right now, they built all those plants that they are now having to mothball because of lack of demand. It will catch on eventually but I'm not too worried, like Texas 7 said petrochemicals are way more than just fuel. Most of those plants on the ship channel are NOT refineries.
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Old 10-24-2007, 08:21 PM
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Location: Suburban Dallas
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You can rest easy. Houston is no longer just about oil. It is a strong business destination, and they are a major player in high-tech jobs and a leader in medicine and the medical field. The economy there is going to be just fine.
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Old 10-24-2007, 09:40 PM
 
Location: Erie, PA
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What about power plant/electrical generation companies? Are there a good number of them in Houston? If we start using cars with the ability to get power off the electrical grid in addition to gasoline (like the Chevy Volt, if it ever makes it) we'll need lots of new power plants.
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Old 10-29-2007, 07:46 AM
 
Location: SE Texas
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What about power plant/electrical generation companies? Are there a good number of them in Houston? If we start using cars with the ability to get power off the electrical grid in addition to gasoline (like the Chevy Volt, if it ever makes it) we'll need lots of new power plants.
Around 50% of the US power grid is powered by Coal. By switching from Petroleum based fuel, to electricity unless you are off-grid and using solar/wind/whatever to charge your car, you are still leaving a carbon footprint. If we eliminated petrol cars and went all electric using the grid, it would be heck. Our infrastructure is at wits end trying to get power where it needs to go, just powering homes businesses. Between the "I don't want transmission lines in my backyard" group and the enviromental groups we have trouble adding infrastructure as it is. Going to a heavy electric car based transportation nation is bad too. Even building Nuclear plants to add power to the grid won't solve it, we need a bigger grid to move electricity.

As for Houston, its in decent shape power plant wise, though there are plans for another power plant possibly being built outside Dayton. I am sure there are more on the books that i don't know about.

I hope that all makes sense, I am a bit tired.
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Old 10-29-2007, 10:51 AM
 
Location: In God
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Is anyone concerned about the future of Houston with so much talk about alternative fuels. Houston's economy seems to be very dependent upon the Petrolium industry. Also with things becomming so much greener don't you think that the fact that Houston seems to be running on the same old industrial momentum that is has had ever since the oil boom will be a problem. I get worried that someday all cars will be running on corn fuel or something and old industrial Houston will be left in the dark with its Industry being phased out. Can anyone shed light on this or does anyone have insight into this.
Actually, what a lot of people aren't aware of is the fact that a major part of Houston's economy is fuel exploration. We're not as heavily reliant on petroleum as people might think.
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