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cheeseburger01
Pro (for)
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The Contender
Liamardo
Con (against)
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Renewable Resource Energy

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Liamardo
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 5/16/2014 Category: Economics
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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cheeseburger01

Pro

It is good for the environment because it doesn't release extra greenhouse gas into the atmosphere and damage it.

Also, it repays what you payed for it overtime because you don't have to keep going and buying oil and coal.
Liamardo

Con

Burning coal is much cheaper than renewable options so that is why there is no incentive for a complete change.
Debate Round No. 1
cheeseburger01

Pro

cheeseburger01 forfeited this round.
Liamardo

Con

Back to you..
Debate Round No. 2
cheeseburger01

Pro

It may be more expensive then burning coal, but solar energy does not release greenhouse gasses harmful to the atmosphere, but over time, solar energy pays for itself. While you have to keep paying for more coal, solar energy just makes energy itself and you dont have to keep paying for it. (Save maintenance, checkups, etc.)
Liamardo

Con

Liamardo forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
cheeseburger01

Pro

cheeseburger01 forfeited this round.
Liamardo

Con

Liamardo forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 4
cheeseburger01

Pro

I will take that you will not respond as a victory?
Liamardo

Con

Nope, just trying to pass my university exams!

Some points why using renewable sources of energy is not preferred:

Every set of energy has its own drawbacks once introduced to the ecology. Some of these limitations include:
1) Difficult to produce the energy quantity that is equivalent to that produced by non-renewable fuels
2) Technology required to trap renewable energy is costly. Setting of dams requires high initial capital to construct and maintain
3) Most renewable sources of energy are affected by weather thus reducing their reliability. For example, hydro generators need constant rainfall that will overflow the dams, wind turbines only rotate if there is wind of a given speed.

Some points why using non-renewable sources of energy is better and thus preferred:

Some non-renewable sources of energy such as natural gas burns without any soot hence less environmental pollution.
1) Most non-renewable sources of energy are easy to transport from one area to another. For example petroleum oils which can be transported via pipes.
2) Cost of producing non-renewable energy is low since they are naturally available. Furthermore they are cheap to transform from one form of energy to another.
3) Most of this energy sources are abundantly available in different areas. Their availability is not affected by climatic condition.

Therefore to disprove your opening argument in R1 (I only need to disprove one of your argument points): "It repays what you payed for it overtime because you don't have to keep going and buying oil and coal." - It (the use of renewable resources) doesn't necessarily repay itself over time due to its such high expensiveness of construction in the first place and it's massive maintenance costs which have to be incurred to maintain. Also the success of the energy source is not guaranteed due to uncontrollable external forces (sunlight for example) therefore casting doubt that it will indeed "repay what you payed for it overtime."

Source: http://renewablegreen.net...

No-one can deny that using renewable energy is more beneficial to the environment and I wish we did just use renewable energy for the sake of our beautiful planet, but for the sake of a debate I have to counter at least one of your arguments and I have put down that non-renewable energy is less costly and that renewable energy doesn't nessessarily repay you over time.

It is rather unfortunate that we both forfeighted 3 rounds each, I would have looked forward to your response.
Debate Round No. 5
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Vote Placed by Progressivist 3 years ago
Progressivist
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Reasons for voting decision: Forfeits were 2 each, but I will give conduct to Pro, as Con seemed to give the bulk of his argument in the last round.. Pro actually argued for... 'something'..