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PowerPikachu21
Pro (for)

Are Renewable Energy Sources Better than Fossil Fuels

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Started: 1/2/2017 Category: Science
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Repcon

Con

Here is the debate structure:

R1 Acceptance & definitions
R2 Arguments
R3 Rebuttals
R4 Defense

I will be arguing that fossil fuels are a better energy source than Renewable Energy Sources. My opponent will argue that Renewable Energy Sources are a better energy source than Fossil Fuels.

Round One- Agree upon definitions if any, and accept debate rules
Round Two- Present arguments without rebuking what the opposing debater argued. So if I presented my argument first, you cannot rebuke the points that I made in your.
Round Three- NOW you can finally rebuke opposing arguments made by your opponents in Round Two.
Round Four- Defend your round 2 arguments WITHOUT introducing any new arguments.

Definitions
Renewable Energy: any naturally occurring, theoretically inexhaustible source of energy, as biomass, solar, wind, tidal, wave, and hydroelectric power, that is not derived from fossil or nuclear fuel.

Source
http://www.dictionary.com...
PowerPikachu21

Pro

Both Fossil Fuels and Renewable Resources have their pros and cons. But for this debate, I'll argue that renewable resources (solar, wind, hydroelectric, etc) have more advantages than Fossil Fuels. I look forward to an interesting debate.
Debate Round No. 1
Repcon

Con

With the non-stop hype about blaming CO2 for the warming of the Earth, Renewable resources such as solar and wind have risen as potential substitutes for fossil fuels. However, the renewable energy sources are unreliable and much more expensive.

"While raw forms of energy are both free and practically infinite, the equipment and materials needed to collect, process, and transport the energy to the users are neither one. Currently, the RE costs are generally higher than that of fossil-based and nuclear energy. In addition to this, unlike well-established conventional designs, the advancement in different RE technologies still requires substantial investments. " [1].

It is also fair to point out something important to this debate: the most common sources of renewable energy are solar and wind. The problem with this is that the Sun won't always be out, and the wind doesn't always blow. This means that you won't always be able to get energy if you rely on solar and wind, as there is no areas that wind and solar energy are stored to be distributed; they must be used right away. So during winter, when the sun isn't always out, it would be much harder to get energy. You would have to place more solar panels to get enough energy to power a country through winter months, which would be very costly. And in order for wind turbines to be useful, the wind would have to constantly be blowing, which is hard to do, since wind speeds are unpredictable. Germany, who's currently leading the world in use of natural resources, spends lots of money because they still need to rely on fossil fuels when natural resources don't come through, which is why their energy poverty rates (people who can't pay electric bills due to a price increase) have rose. [2]

"Wind power is unpredictable and unreliable as it often produces either too much or too little power. This damages a power grid that can"t function unless demand for electricity exactly matches supply. With conventional power plants, like nuclear or natural gas, having demand match supply isn"t difficult because they can easily adjust output far in advance of predicted demand for electricity. Solar and wind power, however, cannot easily adjust output because especially cloudy or windless day can"t be predicted in advanced." [3]

Fossil fuels came a long way, and thanks to fossil fuels, we have much better air [4] and water quality [5] . In fact we are on the road to obtaining energy from fossil fuels that don't emit as much pollutants. [6]. Fossil fuels currently supply 2/3 (67%) of America's energy [7], roughly the same for the world [8]. Its job is too big to be taken by something as inefficient as renewable resources now.

Sources
[1]- http://www.renewable-energysources.com...
[2]- http://www.forbes.com...
[3]-http://dailycaller.com...
[4]-https://www.epa.gov...
[5]-http://www.forbes.com...
[6]-http://phys.org...
[7]-https://www.eia.gov...
[8]-http://www.tsp-data-portal.org...
PowerPikachu21

Pro

Sorry for the delay. I often do that.

Argument:

We will never run out of renewable resources, as they're always present, at least most of the time. I do concede that wind and solar energy aren't around 90% of the time. However, these aren't the only renewable resources. We have more reliable resources, such as water and geothermal energy.

Hydroelectric Energy:

By using hydroelectric dams, we can use the machanical energy of water to obtain power. The resovoirs made by these dams helps the environment by creating habitats for animals and plants. http://nationalgeographic.org...

Geothermal Energy:

Geothermal energy is heat energy from the Earth. This can be turned into electricity. The heat pumps associated with Geothermal energy is used to cool houses. http://www.renewableenergyworld.com...

We can also burn wood into charcoal, which is a renewable version of mined coal. We can rely on renewable resources to be around much longer than coal and oil, making them viable for the far future.
Debate Round No. 2
Repcon

Con

We will never run out of renewable resources, as they're always present, at least most of the time. I do concede that wind and solar energy aren't around 90% of the time. However, these aren't the only renewable resources. We have more reliable resources, such as water and geothermal energy."- PowerPikachu21
I highly doubt there are as reliable, considering the world's energy consumption only consisted of 1/3rd renewable energy [1], .
"By using hydroelectric dams, we can use the machanical energy of water to obtain power. The resovoirs made by these dams helps the environment by creating habitats for animals and plants."- PowerPikachu21

"Geothermal energy is heat energy from the Earth. This can be turned into electricity. The heat pumps associated with Geothermal energy is used to cool houses."- PowerPikachu21
Geothermal energy has alot of problems with it. It only works for areas with specific conditions and isn't developed enough to help power the world [1].
"We can also burn wood into charcoal, which is a renewable version of mined coal. We can rely on renewable resources to be around much longer than coal and oil, making them viable for the far future."- Powerpikachu21
Biomass is also very expensive to convert and transport, and is also very inefficient when compared to fossil fuels [2]
We can rely on them to be around, yes. But we can't rely on them for energy. The processes to convert renewable resources into energy cost alot of money, and they can only do a third of the job of coal.

Sources
[1]- http://www.tsp-data-portal.org...
[2]- http://www.conserve-energy-future.com...
[3]- http://www.conserve-energy-future.com...
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