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A-ThiestSocialist
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Should congress lift the off shore drilling ban?

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Started: 7/28/2008 Category: Politics
Updated: 9 years ago Status: Voting Period
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J.ADAMS

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Although not a total solution to our nations growing energy crisis, I believe we must still proceed with gathering what resources we can. In my hearts of hearts I feel that our great nation still has enough resources to provide our economy with enough resources to lessen our dependency on foreign oil. By lifting the ban on offshore drilling congress would take an important step in expanding our options for energy exploration.

Estimates say we may be able to produce 1 million barrels a day from offshore drilling, which is remarkable considering our domestic production is 5 million barrels a day. Understanding that there is risk to the environment, it must be a top priority that any drilling operation off of the coast of the United States must be overseen by the Environmental Protection Agency and an external auditor.

In the future our nation will meet the challenges posed by the energy crisis and that solution will not be in the form of oil, however for the distant future it would a good idea to secure as much of our nations natural resources as possible.
A-ThiestSocialist

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I would first like to thank my opponent for the round, and I hope we can have a productive issue based discussion.

The root of the question seeks for us to weigh the short and long term impacts on America and our energy policy by the effect of lifting the ban, which my opponent implies with his analysis.

I will demonstrate how lifting the ban neither helps the United States energy policy in the short term or the long term.

1. Short term energy policy and purchasing (within 5 years of the lifting of the ban) would not be helped by lifting of the offshore drilling ban.

The main reason why this is true is simply the oil wouldn't reach us within the first five years. Due to the exploration process and establishment of pipelines, shipping access and refining access, oil would take at least 7-10 years to hit the market, and over 15-20 years at full capacity. Since drilling wouldn't get oil to the market immediately, it has no short term impact. -source A

Let's pretend it does, or we consider 15 years short-term (which I don't), what are the impacts. My opponent rightfully claims that 1 million barrels would be produced a day. Let's say they reach us expeditiously, what impact would they have on the oil market and the price at the pump. Economist Dean Baker calculates that the 1 million barrels are approximately .3% of the daily supply on the world market, so if price would be lowered by this, it would go from about 3% downward. So if oil were 135, (it seems to be floating around this number) it would be decreased to 131 (ish). At the pump this decreases oil prices from 4.00 to 3.92. (Before local taxes) .08 cent decrease isn't something that helps Americans.

Another common argument is that even though prices wouldn't be decreased that significantly, the US would be oil-independent. Another false claim, for two reasons. The amount of oil, 1 million per day, simply doesn't match US consumption. Furthermore, all 1 million barrels would not stay inside the US, as now currently a large portion of Alaskan oil from Prudhoe Bay is not domestically sold.

2. Long term energy policy needs are not addressed by drilling.

The United States is addicted to oil, as one is addicted to cocaine, however the solution to breaking such an addiction is not feeding the monster, it is breaking the inelasticity. Hydrogen and cellulose ethanol are two possibly energy alternatives for Americans, all that is lacking is strong funding and infrastructure. Furthermore Honda is developing a Hydrogen Fuel cell vehicle which could be on the market as soon as 2010. Alternatives are becoming more prevalent, and within the next 15 years, (the same amount of time the 1 million barrels per day would be at peak production) Americans and energy corporations could invest in alternatives to oil, and improve infrastructure for a shift from oil, alongside possibly subsidizing hydrogen cars or other transportational needs.

The gains from oil in full capacity are so slim, that investment into alternatives instead of investment in exploration and drilling would pay off within 15 years. The money spent on oil drilling (both by the government and corporations) would be better suited spent into alternative energy resource development and exploration, as an alternative could be found and transitionally shifted to within the time full oil capacity from drilling would hit the market, however alternatives don't run pollutant risks, keep us as dependent on foreign nations and inelastically cripple America's infrastructure.

I would spend this time to refute my opponent, but nothing he says is factually incorrect, (or wasn't previously addressed) it simply doesn't fully expound upon areas of the matter, while other parts are rhetoric which is necessary to state, but not to refute.
Debate Round No. 1
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