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Should the United States switch to using renewable energy?

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Started: 10/18/2013 Category: Politics
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khagannhs

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The United States must turn toward using renewable energy. Renewable energy will cut down on the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) that builds up in the atmosphere. Fred Pearce, author of "Why Bother Going Green?" asserts, "Every year human activities add about 30 billion tonnes of CO2 to the atmosphere, largely through burning fossil fuels but also through destroying natural carbon sinks, such as forests." (Pearce). If the United States were to turn away from fossil fuels and start to use renewable energy sources, it would detract from the 30 billion tonnes of CO2 that is added to the atmosphere every year. Also, if the United States keeps relying on nonrenewable sources of energy, they will eventually run out. Energy sources such as oil, gas, and coal, which are the most used energy sources, will eventually run out (Nonrenewable Energy Sources). If nonrenewable sources of energy continue to be the main source of the United States" energy, then those sources of energy will eventually run out and leave the United States in the market to find and convert to more renewable sources of energy. Since the United States will have to switch toward more renewable sources of energy eventually, why not start switching now?

Works Cited
"Nonrenewable Energy Sources." Energy For the Future (2009): 3. EBSCO.
Pearce, Fred. "Why Bother Going Green?" New Scientist. 17 November 2007: 7. SIRS Database.
MmarsocciNHS

Con

Burning fossil fuels is bad. We should switch to renewable forms of energy because burning fossil fuels is not only non renewable, it also ruins our atmosphere. so why are we going to keep burning fossil fuels if we are causing the greenhouse effect on our planet

http://www.gvepinternational.org...
Debate Round No. 1
khagannhs

Pro

The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), legislation that has committed to the United States to switching towards increasing the use of clean-burning biofuels, is at risk of being weakened. If the legislation is weakened, this could result in the United States becoming more dependent on foreign countries for fuel. In his article "Renewable Fuels Make a Difference", Bob Dinneen claims, "Since it [The RFS] was enacted in 2005, U.S. dependence on imported oil has decreased from 60% to 40% largely because of biofuels." Since the RFS has decreased the dependence of the U.S on foreign oil, weakening of the legislation would result in the opposite. The RFS also supported jobs in the U.S. Deneen also writes, "The American ethanol industry supports some 365,000 jobs in 29 states, especially in rural communities." If the RFS was to be weakened, thousands of U.S workers would be out of jobs. Therefore, the RFS should not be weakened.

Works Cited
Denneen, Bob. "Renewable Fuels Make a Difference." USA Today. 16 August 2013:1. SIRS Database.
MmarsocciNHS

Con

Electric vehicles convert about 59"62% of the electrical energy from the grid to power at the wheels"conventional gasoline vehicles only convert about 17"21% of the energy stored in gasoline to power at the wheels
Environmentally friendly. EVs emit no tailpipe pollutants, although the power plant producing the electricity may emit them. Electricity from nuclear-, hydro-, solar-, or wind-powered plants causes no air pollutants.
electricity cars save alot of energy because they dont use gas
http://www.fueleconomy.gov...
Debate Round No. 2
khagannhs

Pro

Renewable energies are great for the environment and the U.S economy, however, it has its downsides. Investing in renewable energies is costly. According to Sumi Somaskanda, author of "Renewable Energy Losing its Shine in Europe", electricity consumers in Germany are experiencing an 11% increase (Somanskanda). Since oil is a cheaper source of fuel than renewable energy, people are more compelled to buy what is cheap. Even though renewable energies are costly, it is still worthwhile to invest in them because it can help to jump-start its economy. Technology for cleaner energy is a fast-growing global industry (Yang). If the United States were to become involved in the clean energy industry, thousands of jobs and a new source of income would result.

Works Cited
Somaskanda, Sumi. "Renewable Energy Losing its Shine in Europe." USA Today. 22 March 2013: 1. SIRS Database.
Yang, Tseming. "U.S. Can Jump-Start Its Economy by Taking the Lead in Green Energy." 14 February 2013:1. SIRS Database.
MmarsocciNHS

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Debate Round No. 3
khagannhs

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