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Is Wind Power good or bad?

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 10/6/2008 Category: Science
Updated: 9 years ago Status: Voting Period
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buckwheat10

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So I stand against wind power for many reasons. 1). Wind Turbins kill many birds and bats. 2). Wind turbines use alot of land and many of the windiest places are in fields or corn so they waste crops. 3). Noise Pollution turbines creat disturbing noises to residents living close by these turbines, and 4). Raising what President Bush wants from 4% of wind power to 20% would take a wind turbine to be built every 20 minutes (cite: U.S Newsweek) so i now stand open for oppositions.
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First of all I would like to thank the instigator and wish him luck on a good debate. I'm new to the site, so forgive me if I mess up the format a little bit.

I will start with refuting my opponent's arguments about why wind power is bad. If I can successfully refute his points then I should win the round because wind power has not been proven to be a bad thing, and since it helps people by providing power it should be considered a good thing, unless it has drawbacks.

Because the resolution simply asks us to weigh a concept, implementation arguments do not matter. The resolution does not ask us whether wind power in the United States is bad, just if wind power as a concept is good or bad.

Now on to my opponent's arguments

"1). Wind Turbins kill many birds and bats."

I have several responses to this argument.

First, wheres the proof? My opponent provides no source for this information, but rather asserts it. In fact I would say that this contradicts with his third point which is that wind turbines are very loud. How are birds and bats going to run into wind turbines if they are so loud?

Second, My opponent doesn't tell us why this is a bad thing. The birds or bats dying could easily be pests or species not indigenous to the area, so wind turbines could actually be providing a benefit in this situation.

Third, even if wind turbines kill many birds and bats, the alternative to wind power is getting our energy from other non renewable sources, such as coal. Coal mining, for example causes many harms to the environment, including acid runoff into rivers that can kill fish, dust, and noise pollution.(1)

(1)http://www.worldcoal.org...

"2). Wind turbines use alot of land and many of the windiest places are in fields or corn so they waste crops."

First of all, this is an implementation argument. There is no reason that wind turbines need to be placed in crop fields. One place where wind turbines are being put right now is offshore, where there are no crops to be disturbed. Infact the best places to put wind turbines is near the shore where they can take full effect of the deferential heating of the land and the sea, which is what creates wind.(2)
(2)http://en.wikipedia.org...

Second, Wind turbines don't even use up all that much land in the first place. The columns that hold up the turbines are not particularly large, and when spaced throughout a field do not take up a significant amount of land.

Third, its up to the landowners to decide what to do with their own land. You cannot force them to farm on land which they think might be better suited for wind energy.

"3). Noise Pollution turbines creat disturbing noises to residents living close by these turbines."

Again, this is an implementation problem, not a reason to bag wind power as a concept. As I told you before, wind farms are best built offshore, where noise will not be a problem.

Second, remember, you told us in your last argument that turbines are built out in fields, away from populated areas. This is the best place to build wind farms, because houses and other human features can interrupt wind flow.(3)

(3)http://www.livescience.com...

4). Raising what President Bush wants from 4% of wind power to 20% would take a wind turbine to be built every 20 minutes (cite: U.S Newsweek) so i now stand open for oppositions.

First, my opponent does not tell us why this is a bad thing. On the contrary building a wind turbine every 20 minutes seems like the sort of project that would get us out of the economic recession. It took world war 2 to get us out of the great depression, and building a wind turbine every 20 minutes seems like just the sort of project our nation needs.

Now, to seal the deal I will provide a few reasons why wind power is a good source of energy.

1) Wind power reduces our reliance on foreign energy sources. The more energy we get from wind power, the less money we have to send away to the middle east, where it could potentially get in the hands of terrorists, and governements which are hostile to us.

2) Wind power is a renewable source of energy. This means that until our sun fuses its last two atoms, wind power can be used to power all of our energy needs. Wind power doesn't require intense human effort to get, which some energy resources like oil require.

3) Wind power is a clean energy source. Wind power doesn't release any sort of emissions, which are thought to cause global warming. Without getting into a global warming debate, even if you deny the affects of emissions on global warming, wind power at least doesn't pollute our atmosphere.

For these reasons I urge an affirmative ballot.
Debate Round No. 1
buckwheat10

Con

buckwheat10 forfeited this round.
Numquam

Pro

Well I refuted all of my opponent's points, and mine still stand.
Debate Round No. 2
buckwheat10

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buckwheat10 forfeited this round.
Numquam

Pro

My opponent seems to have forfeited the round, therefore I urge and affirmative ballot.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by LR4N6FTW4EVA 9 years ago
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RFD!!! I don't think I'm being a Cleaner now, but...
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