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Should The World Go Solar

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Started: 3/2/2016 Category: Economics
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DecayingFunim

Pro

I don't want anybody to think that I am trying to destroy the world, but there are some people out there who think solar energy is evil. I can almost guarantee you that they don't live in China or Mexico. If you think this is evil and I work for the government or claim something similar like the illuminati, please don't be on the con side.

Going solar is something that many people are considering as a possibility. One company on Kickstarter, Solar Freakin Roadways, is trying to solve the energy crisis by giving solar power to people. The tesla off grid generator is also something that is really cool and is supposed to create large amounts of energy from a small device. Doing some research proves that there are many skeptics, but I believe in both of those products. Most people will agree when you tell them that something is happening to Earth, but some claim it is global cooling, or something completely unrelated to climate or the weather. If the entire world went solar, we could potentially never run out of energy. The first demonstration of solar energy was at the Paris World's Fair, but oil overtook it. In the two World Wars, solar power was coming back, but coal was becoming popular and Britain needed scrap metal and what place is better for scrap metal than Egyptian solar panels? Now that we are destroying the world, we are finally deciding to maybe change to a renewable source of energy.
Platinum78

Con

'Going solar' is most definitely not the way to go regarding the whole world's energy use, there being other ways to utilise the natural energy around us and considering different places have weather patterns. The most popular and commonly used method of energy generation is by burning oil, which produces significant air pollution, damages local environments through the oil extraction process, and is simply not sustainable, as there is a finite amount of oil in the earth. We should be using all the types of renewable energy that maximise energy production while keeping it as sustainable as possible.

Which brings me to my first point; Places are unable to produce solar energy and require other energy sources for energy production. Extremely north & south regions such as Antarctica and Finland are prone to permanent darkness in winter. How is solar energy to be produced and utilised during such a long time lacking sunlight? It is best for such places to implement wind turbines, as they tend to have quite few winds and storms in those regions. Another type that would be best for those areas are tidal energies that utilise the ocean floor's movement to convert kinetic energy into electricity. Wind Turbines prove to be effective, converting 50% of the wind's energy into usable energy, whilst having minimal impact on such environmentally protected areas.

It is clear that when considering renewable energy that we take into account all forms of sustainable energy production to suit different regions, not just one-size fits all, as one-size fits all is never the case,

P.S. I applaud you on your positive thinking regarding renewable energy!
Debate Round No. 1
DecayingFunim

Pro

Thank you for accepting this debate.

You should know that earth based solar panels are not the only method of solar energy. There have been designs for a bell shaped satellite that is completely made of solar panels in geosynchronous orbit. This satellite can be adjusted so that it is in sunlight for all but 44 hours each year (Either Nat Geo magazine or Scientific American). The energy that it sends to Earth is at a constant stream in the desert somewhere and is no more intense than the midday sun as to not damage anybody's eyes. Places like Antarctica are legitimate concerns, but how often is there a person there? When one region of the world is in daylight, it sends excess energy to places in darkness so there is no waste. If there is still enough energy to make a difference in how much is needed for the next day, this energy can be sold from the country that collected it to relieve deficits. Energy can also be used to repair the solar panels and steer clear of other dust and debris. I know a guy who has a model car that drives itself using gears. When the car gets a push, it uses a process that involves redundant gears to reporter itself. This is the same concept.
Platinum78

Con

Cost is an extremely important factor when regarding energy, and orbiting solar panels are an unnecessary expense that both public and private sectors will have to pay. Panels in space deteriorate eight times faster than on earth, and repairing/replacing them would expose the astronauts to unacceptably high amounts of radiation.

Around 600 people are in Antarctica during the winter, who are we to deny them cost-efficient energy?

Hydro power is the most efficient and cheapest way to generate electricity. Modern hydro turbines can convert as much as 90% of the available energy into electricity. Hydro power is the quickest and most flexible to turn on and off again when needed, and provides 9800% more energy than solar, wind, and biomass energy combined. It is a reliable way of powering homes and other buildings - Norway produces more than 99% of its electricity with hydro power.
Of course, most people in desert biomes would use solar power as they lack access to water; however coastal areas should use hydro power.
Still, it is clear to see that solar power should not be the main source of power for the world, being that there are many more reliable, cheaper, and powerful methods to gain energy that can be applied.
Debate Round No. 2
DecayingFunim

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Platinum78

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