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National Forensic League
Policy Debate
(2008-2009)


RESOLVED: The United States federal government should substantially increase alternative energy incentives in the US.

Rising oil prices and mounting environmental concerns continue to remind Americans of the need for a more effective energy policy. Fossil fuels are expensive, release dangerous greenhouse gases, and prolong our dependence on foreign oil.

There is no quick solution to the energy crisis. Many options, such as ethanol, may create shortages in other markets. Additionally, alternative energy sources are often costly and require large, long-term investments. While the demand for renewable energy is widely acknowledged, the best means to achieve energy independence are under debate. By increasing alternative energy incentives, the government encourages people to make more responsible choices in regards to their use of petroleum and other fossil fuels. Plans affirming the resolution call for the use of geothermal, hydroelectric, nuclear, solar, wind, and water power, as well as the development of new technologies and improved conservation efforts. Some objections to these plans may include their impact on foreign policy, as well as the actual effectiveness of government initiatives.

This collection of articles examines fossil fuels and their effect on the environment; it also explores alternative energy sources, and government legislation seeking to reform the existing energy policy. Understanding these important topics will help you create a clear and comprehensive argument, as well as inspire additional research.









   
Fossil Fuels
Climate Change / Pollution
Alternative Energy Sources
Government Policies and Actions

 
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