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Resolved: The USFG should substantially increase alternative energy incentives in the US.

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Started: 7/26/2008 Category: Education
Updated: 8 years ago Status: Voting Period
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supremecourt101

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This is going to be a standard policy debate with all the regular parts of a policy debate. Do not accept this if you do not know how to do policy debate. Pro, your next speech will be the 1AC.
astrosfan

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Observation 1: danger of oil dependency
Sub point a: the DOD
ENERGY IS KEY TO U.S. COMBAT POWER – HIGH ENERGY COST AND SUPPLY DEPENDENCE DANGEROUSLY TETHER U.S. FORCES
Lengyel, , '07 http://www.brookings.edu... PG 7

Energy is the key enabler of US military combat power. Recent cost increases and higher projected costs for energy take defense dollars away from other key budget areas. Energy requirements are directly related to combat effectiveness, and the infrastructure required to transport and distribute energy to the battlefield is extremely expensive and diverts resources away from combat. Combat forces are limited by a "tether of fuel" that needs to be lengthened. in a fiscally constrained wartime environment where DOD and Service budgets have been cut again and again – every dollar is already committed.

RISING FUEL COSTS FROM OIL USE ARE MAKING THE U.S. MILITARY'S ABILITY TO RESPOND TO HOT SPOTS UNSUSTAINABLE
BENDER, 07 http://www.boston.com... /

A new study ordered by the Pentagon warns that the rising cost and dwindling supply of oil -- the lifeblood of fighter jets, warships, and tanks -- will make the US military's ability to respond to hot spots around the world "unsustainable in the long term." the Department of Defense "apply new energy technologies that address
alternative supply sources"

MAINTENANCE OF U.S. ABILITY TO PROJECT POWER IS ESSENTIAL TO A MORE STABLE AND PEACEFUL WORLD THERE IS NOT A MORE PEACEFUL ALTERNATIVE
KAGAN 07
http://www.hoover.org...

People who believe greater equality among nations would be preferable to the present American predominance often succumb to a basic logical fallacy. They believe the order the world enjoys today exists independently of American power. But that 's not the way it works. Even under the umbrella of unipolarity, regional conflicts involving the large powers may erupt. Such conflicts may be unavoidable no matter what policies the United States pursues. But they are more likely to erupt if the United States weakens or withdraws from its positions of regional dominance. The subtraction of American
power from any region would not end conflict It only adds a new and more threatening dimension to the competition. The alternative to American predominance is not balance and peace.

Sub point b: aviation

BUT DANGEROUSLY HIGH FUEL COSTS ARE FUELING AIRLINE INDUSTRY COLLAPSE
MAXON 08
http://www.dallasnews.com...

oil prices must drop considerably from today's levels to save the airlines."If you don't have an oil price of about $75 or $80 a barrel, at the end of 2009, you'll have most of the airline industry on the financial ropes,". If that price holds, the industry will continue to hemorrhage through the end of 2009, and they'll have run out of options," he said. "They'll need to file for bankruptcy protection.

The airline industry collapse will wreak havoc on the US economy
BTC 08
http://businesstravelcoalition.com...

At first glance, you might think that an airline failure would be no big deal. Reality, however, would be much different, especially if multiple carriers failed in a short period of time. It would be the catastrophe in the equation above because airline networks are an integral part of the transport grid that supports the U.S. economy. We depend on the air transport grid. Aviation is the primary source of intercity transportation in the U.S. When we have business to conduct anywhere in the country or the world, we expect air service will take us where we want. Multiple major airline failures caused by unsustainable oil prices would tear a vast hole in the grid, and would have devastating effects on the quality of our lives. Failure of one large U.S. airline would disrupt the travel of 200,000 to 300,000 passengers per day and thousands of tons of goods. The almost-full planes of remaining airlines would not be able to absorb much of those volumes..

ECONOMIC DECLINE CAUSES NUCLEAR WAR
Bearden, 2000
http://www.seaspower.com...

Prior to the final economic collapse, the stress on nations will have increased the intensity and number of their conflicts, to the point where the arsenals of (WMD) are almost certain to be released. rapid escalation to full WMD exchange occurs. The resulting great Armageddon will destroy civilization as we know it, and most of the biosphere,

Thus the plan: the United State Federal Government should federal incentives for the Gas to Liquid industry, and allow the department of defense to enter into a 25 year long term contract with the GTL industry.

OBSERVATION 2: SOLVENCY

The high cost of the GTL industry prevents the SQ from solving; only the US government can solve the problem fast enough
Moorehead 03
http://www.progressiveengineer.com...

The U.S. currently imports 12 million barrels of petroleum a day. This could be replaced entirely by building gas-to-liquid (GTL) fuels plants. In short, giant plants use chemical catalysts to convert natural gas into a synthetic gas, which is further turned into refined products such as gasoline and diesel fuel.
The major oil companies have teams working to be the first company to use GTL commercially. Several are currently on the economic threshold, working to reduce costs and risks before making multi-billion-dollar investments. Their entry, however, will not be large or fast enough to break OPEC or give us petroleum independence. Our ten largest oil companies combined could not finance $300 billion in new projects in just two to three years. Only the U.S. government can do this.

FEDERAL INCENTIVES COULD BE EXPANDED TO MAKE AN SYNTHETIC FUEL INDUSTRY MARKET VIABLE
Lengyel, Colonel US AIR FORCE, '07 http://www.brookings.edu... pg 46

Bunning and Barack have introduced legislation to address the need to pull together the investors and the billions of dollars need to build a synthetic fuel plant by expanding and enhancing the DOE loan guarantee program. expanding investment tax credit and expensing provisions, and extending the fuel excise tax credit, and perhaps most importantly to reduce financial risk associated with starting a US synthetic fuel industry, extending existing DOD contracting authority for up to 25 years. Long-term contracts move much of the financial risk from private investors to the American taxpayers.

AIR FORCE LED MILITARY TRANSITION TO CTL FUELS WILL SPEED THINGS UP FOR THE PRIVATE SECTOR
Chandler, 07 http://www.accessmylibrary.com...

"By 2016," says Altman, "the Air Force has a requirement that its fleet be powered at least 50/50 by Fischer-Tropsch fuels." CAAFI hopes to piggyback on the USAF initiative to come up with a single specification for a fuel that will serve both military and commercial needs. "FAA doesn't have a timeline but the military does. We're trying to speed things up." Such commonality opens up the field for more players and increased production.

SYNFUELS ARE A ‘DROP IN' SOLUTION REQUIRING NO NEW JETS AND CAN EASILY TRANSITION TO ENSURE U.S. ENERGY SECURITY
ESLER, 08
http://www.aviationweek.com...

The obvious benefit of a JP/synfuel blend would be to stretch, or dilute, available supplies of petroleum-based Jet-A.Synfuel Stopgap Because synfuel can be refined from coal or natural gas. It can be used as a so-called "drop-in" substitute; hence, the Air Force's interest in using it.
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Posted by Pluto2493 8 years ago
Pluto2493
Dude, this case totally just became non-inherent. I found at least 3 articles saying the DoD/Air Force/ Military is the main leaders in pushing for alternative energy.
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