The united states federal government should offer tax incentives for offshore wind turbines
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I accept this debate and may it be a cordial, thought provoking event. As this is a case where you are proposing a plan I will automatically assume that the burden of proof is on Pro, I will also request what type of tax incentives you speak of (Federal Load Garuntees, Tax Credits...ect) and also the amount and rate at which they will be subsidized. I'm ready for opening arguments :P
"The federal renewable electricity production tax credit (PTC) is a per-kilowatt-hour tax credit for electricity generated by qualified energy resources and sold by the taxpayer to an unrelated person during the taxable year. 2.3"/kWh for wind, geothermal, closed-loop biomass; 1.1"/kWh for other eligible technologies. Generally applies to first 10 years of operation. "(5)
contention 1 is inherency, at our current state, we have not extended ptc(production tax credits) that incentivizes the creation wind farms in general. Wind energy in general is a rapidly growing industry that needs the US federal government support in order to expand. On the East coast of the US, offshore wind can create around 4200 GW of wind energy capacity (4).(3). logically, probably less then half of that potential can be tapped but it can still therefore solve for a lot of US energy needs at 1100 mw capacity.
contention 2 is global warming- It's well established by the global scientific community that global warming is real and caused by humans.(2) Wind turbines won't burn fossil fuels like other sources of energy like coal and gas which release co2 into our atmostphere causing global warming. Wind turbines capture wind and create electricity and therefore do not pollute the air. Global warming is destroying our world and climate. America is a global leader and if we take increased initiative and incentivize offshore wind power, other nations will follow. More industrialized nations like Germany and Britian are already taking initiative and to prevent global warming, we must attempt to solve. The US pumps out around 20% of the global co2 emission, stopping US emissions is a critical step and offshore wind can be a vehicle to eliminate our carbon footprint. Electricity is around 26% of all co2 emissions on this plant and industry accounts for another 19%. eliminating 26% of global emissions is something we must take to halt our emissions as well as connecting industry to the grid to reduce their emission rates and slow down global warming. Global warming by 2100 is going to increase from 6-8 degrees celsius according to most estimates(12). Global warming leads to ocean acidification, ecology harm, crop failures, severe weather and drought, and other major problems. IT MUST BE STOPPED!!(13)
contention 3 is jobs
This expanding industry will increase the number of Jobs in electricity industry. Spur jobs created in making turbines, the infrastructure in the turbines, scientists and engineers who explore and design these turbines, and creating maintenance crews. Jobs are vital for our economy. Global warming is killing our ecosystems and therefore vital aspects to our economy like fishing and farming so solving for global warming also benefits our economy. Job creation is great for our economy and yes it will trade off with oil and gas jobs and will spend US tax revenue doing so, but gas and oil jobs already use US government subsidies from $10-50 billion so the Federal Government won't really miss a thing(8). Offshore wind will create more jobs than offshore drilling and electricity.(9)
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