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ScholarZN
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reasonablereason
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Could solar energy eventually replace the use of fossil fuels?

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ScholarZN
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 1/9/2015 Category: Science
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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ScholarZN

Pro

Although solar power has been around for over a century, it is only recently that advancements in photovoltaic technology allowed us to sufficiently and significantly reduce carbon emissions and replace existing fuels with a more greener power source. There is almost no maintenance required for the solar panels, and the only cost comes from the installation of these solar panels. On the other hand, fossil fuel facilities, are huge factories, and plants that not only pump tons of waist into the surrounding environments that they are located in, but also need constant maintenance in order for those facilities to be economically viable and or physically operational. As it currently stands, current efforts at maintaining Earth's ecosystems while simultaneously meeting the ever greater demand for energy by growing populations have been failing. Yesterday's fossil fuel sources have grown inadequate. Fuels such as petroleum, coal, and natural gas not only do more harm than good, but leave much to be desired when it comes to overall cost effectiveness. They may produce great amounts of energy, but the cost to build these factories, refineries, and manufacturing plants weigh to much of a burden on the ability for these fossil fuels to become economically viable. On the other hand solar energy was designed for the need for cheap power. The power to cost ratio far positively exceeds all known fossil fuels. While also leaving the ability for self consumption. Solar panels have the ability to partially power themselves with the solar energy that they take in, which lessens the overall burden of drawing power somewhere else to fuel the solar cells.

Overall, fossil fuels not only significantly pollute the Earth's ecosystems, but also come in limited supply. Their are only so many carbonized dead trees left on the planet for humans to consume. Solar power is the only viable option that allows for mutable economically viable options, but also leaves virtually no carbon foot print, and provides a significant energy output that can better assist future generations with the growing energy problem. Advancements in solar energy continue everyday. As the need arises for a better source of energy, more and more people will turn to solar energy. With the demand increasing, solar energy will leap frog in scientific advancement to allow for greater energy output for the least amount of economical or environmental cost.
reasonablereason

Con

What you wrote here struck me as odd, but I'll try to answer. You are very unreasonable, therefore against God's will, therefore you are false. Solar energy could not replace the use of fossil fuels because it is against God's will.
Debate Round No. 1
ScholarZN

Pro

I'm trying to not bring religion into this argument, although I can say that religion does play a vital role on what individuals choose to be their choice of energy source for their own personal needs. In other words, it is entirely up to the will of the individual to decide on whether to continue with fossil fuels or switch to more economically and environmentally friendly source of energy such as solar energy. I am only trying to present the facts and observations that have been credited with scientific research.

I do agree with you in saying that religion should be counted upon as a deciding factor in whether to switch to solar power, or stick with fossil fuels.
reasonablereason

Con

Why can't you understand simple logic? God simply will not allow this to happen. Scientific research is false because it is satanic and evil. Be more reasonable for God's sake.
Debate Round No. 2
ScholarZN

Pro

ScholarZN forfeited this round.
reasonablereason

Con

reasonablereason forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
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Hylian_3000
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Reasons for voting decision: Conduct: Both forfeited one round. S&G: No spelling or grammar errors. Arguments: Pro had scientific arguments and had way more than Con. Con just said "It's against God's will", which is not convincing in the slightest. Thus, Pro wins arguments. Sources: Neither used sources.