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Oil Should not be Used for Electricity Production or as a Transportation Fuel

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Started: 3/27/2015 Category: Miscellaneous
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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EAT_IT_SUKA

Pro

This debate is about whether or not oil should be used for electricity or as a transportation fuel. My thesis shall be: 'Oil should not be used for electricity production [1] or as a transportation fuel [2].' My opponent's thesis shall be: 'Oil should be used for electricity production or as a transportation fuel.' This debate has conditions, though:

Any information gained from Internet research needs a link to where you got the information from, and any information gained from book research needs the title, creator(s), chapter and page that has the information you're using. No opinions can be accepted as evidence, unless it is that of an expert [3] (if you use an expert's opinion, you need the expert's name and occupation as well as the link or book page). This debate will follow the format below:
Round 1) Acceptance of Conditions and Debate--No Arguments
Round 2) Opening Arguments--No Rebuttals
Round 3) Rebuttals/More Arguments
Round 4) Rebuttals/Summary and Conclusion of Arguments

Please note that you only have 24 hours to respond to a post. Any forfeit from CON means that you vote 7 points to PRO by default. CON, you are allowed to make part 2's of your opening arguments in round 3 if you wish.

By accepting this debate, you accept all conditions above and all definitions below. With that, Good luck, CON.

[1]-Electricity generation is the process of generating electric power from other sources of primary energy.

References:
http://en.wikipedia.org......
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[2]-Fuels used to power cars, planes, anything that is meant to transport things.

[3]-A person who was enough knowledge and experience in a specific part of a field to be a reliable source in that specific part of that field (eg: an elementary school teacher is an expert at elementary education).
ryang

Con

[x] I have read the debate introduction and agree to its contents.
Debate Round No. 1
EAT_IT_SUKA

Pro

Thank you CON for accepting the debate.

=== CONTENTION 1: OTHER USES ===
The article ' Oil is too Precious to be Used as Transportation Fuel,' [1] states:

'An oil executive once observed that burning oil for energy is like burning Picassos for heat. Oil is extraordinarily valuable as the basis for so many products we use every day that the thought of simply burning it ought to be unthinkable. So versatile are oil molecules that they can be transformed into substances that serve as clothing, medicines, building materials, carpet, skin care products, sporting goods, agricultural chemicals, perfumes, and myriad other products. Increasingly, when we make oil-based products for homes and businesses, we are finding ways to reuse those products or recycle the materials they are made from (think: recyclable plastics). But, burning oil is always a one-time, irreversible act that leaves nothing of value behind.'

=== CONTENTION 2: OIL SPILLS ===
The article 'How Oil Tankers Work,' [2] states the following:

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Soon after entrepreneurs in the 1850s began exploiting crude oil as a source of energy, the nascent oil industry found itself in a dilemma. How were early oil prospectors supposed to transport this "blackgold" from the remote locations from whence it sprang, to places where it could be refined, sold and used? It didn't take long for these early oil barons to come up with a solution. The first oil tankers were built in the 1860s and propelled by wind-powered sails. In 1873, the Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Company assembled the first steam-driven oil tanker, named the Vaderland. Meanwhile, oil producers in Pennsylvania had been making use of barges -- large, unpowered boats that must be tugged by another ship [source:Port cities Southampton]. Today, oil tankers fall into two basic categories, crude tankers and product tankers. Crude tankers are the larger of the two. They move raw, unrefined oil from the places where it's pumped out of the earth, to the refineries where it's processed into fuel and other products.'

By not using oil for transportation fuel, we will reduce the risk of an oil spill, and the oil can be used for other purposes (see above arguments). The MT Haven was... well, the wikipedia article [3] states:

'MT Haven, formerly Amoco Milford Haven, was a VLCC (very large crude carrier), leased to Troodos Shipping (a company run by Lucas Haji-Ioannou and his son Stelios Haji-Ioannou). In 1991, while loaded with 144,000 tonnes (1 million barrels) of crude oil, the ship exploded, caught fire and sank off the coast of Genoa, Italy, killing six Cypriot crew and flooding theMediterranean with up to 50,000 tonnes of crude oil.[1] It broke in two and sank after burning for three days, and for the next 12 years the Mediterranean coast of Italy and France was polluted, especially around Genoa and southern France.'

=== CONTENTION 3: GREENHOUSE GASES ===
The article 'Greenhouse Gas Emissions,' [4] states:

'Climate change is caused by greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, like carbon dioxide (CO2), entering the earth's atmosphere. GHGs come from producing and using fossil fuels such as oil and gas. The challenge we all face is how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while demand for energy – and the amount of energy the world is consuming – is growing.'

The article 'Advantages and Disadvantages of Oil – Cons Disregarded by Powerful Lobbies,' [5] states:

'Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHG) – One of the biggest Disadvantages of Oil is that it releases Carbon Dioxide which has been sequestered for millions of years in the dead bodies of plant and animals. This transfers the Carbon from the Earth to the Environment leading to the Global Warming Effect.'

Back to CON.

[1]-http://oilprice.com...
[2]-http://science.howstuffworks.com...
[3]- http://en.wikipedia.org...
[4]-http://www.capp.ca...
[5]-http://www.greenworldinvestor.com...

ryang

Con

ryang forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
EAT_IT_SUKA

Pro

Extend.

CON forfeited. In my first post, I stated: 'Any forfeit from CON means that you vote 7 points to PRO by default.' Since CON forfeited, you vote PRO by default, and CON has no chance of winning any point whatsoever.

Therefore, vote PRO.
ryang

Con

ryang forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
EAT_IT_SUKA

Pro

Extend.

Vote PRO.
ryang

Con

ryang forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
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