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Proposition: Matt Sausville (Outschool Online - Intermediate) vs. Opposition: Declan Whitlock (Unaffiliated)

Judge: Brittney Bleyle (Austin Peay State University)

Resolution: Resolved: Governments should implement a meat tax.

  • Matt Sausville
    Matt Sausville
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    Declan Whitlock
    Declan Whitlock
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    Posted at May 4, 2020 09:15:27PM EST by Joe Leeson-Schatz

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    Posted at May 6, 2020 12:23:40AM EST by Declan Whitlock

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    Posted at May 6, 2020 06:32:19PM EST by Joe Leeson-Schatz

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    Posted at May 7, 2020 11:53:29PM EST by Declan Whitlock

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    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/may/29/tax-red-meat-save-the-planet-improve-health-sin-levy


    https://archive.epa.gov/climatechange/kids/basics/today/greenhouse-gases.html

    Posted at May 8, 2020 09:40:09PM EST by Joe Leeson-Schatz

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    Submitted at May 17, 2020 01:25:22AM EST by Brittney Bleyle

    Category Matt Sausville Declan Whitlock
    Use of evidence: 5 3.4
    Delivery skill: 4.3 2.6
    Coherence of arguments: 4.7 3.6
    Responsiveness to opponent: 5.1 5.2
    Identification of key points: 5.2 3
    Comments: Constructive: You did a great job at explaining and summarizing your evidence after reading it.
    Rebuttal: You did an amazing job calling out your opponents claim about the contradictory article, kudos on that. I liked that you brought in the climate change impact into the debate; however, I challenge you to go one step further and explain the impacts of climate change. There is a lot of evidence out there that the supports the fact that climate change could lead to the extinction of the human population, and you could really use that to your benefit. It is really hard to debate against someone who is able to prove in their debate that if we don't adopt their plan, then we will all die eventually. For example, you could say: The current methods of processing red meat is causing a 15% increase in the amount of pollution which drastically expedites the negative effects of climate change. Climate change will lead to extinction of the human race if not stopped, and I have evidence to prove it. If you vote for the proposition, we can reduce the climate change currently happening and therefore solve for the extinction of the human race, which is the biggest impact in the round. Even if you believe that the opposition's arguments are even slightly convincing, you will still vote for the proposition because I am the only one claiming to be able to solve for extinction in this round, and if you believe that I have even a 1% risk of solving for extinction, you're going to vote for me.
    Closing: I think you made a great choice to focus on your global warming impact. I would use this to your advantage when arguing against the opposition's economic downturn claims. A good way to do this would be: My opponent states that a meat tax would have dire economic impacts on fast food industries, but I have proven that this is not true. Vegetables can be as affordable as meat if they are produced en masse such as meat is currently; however, even if you aren't buying my argument here, you are still going to vote for me because meat production is currently causing a spike in global warming, which leads to extinction. This is far worse than any economic impact that the opposition could make and the proposition is the only side that has made any arguments claiming to solve for it. The opposition has not claimed that a meat tax will not solve for global warming. Since this claim goes uncontested, you have no choice but to vote for the proposition in order to stop global warming and human extinction.
    Constructive: I really like the arguments about the economic impacts, they made a lot of sense. If you're going to state that you can easily find a Guardian article that contradicts with the evidence that the proposition put forward, make sure you go one step further and actually find that evidence in order to support your claims. Also, try to make eye contact with the camera if you can. If you were having this debate in person you would be speaking to the judges and making eye contact with them, so try to treat the camera like the judge.
    Rebuttal and closing: Rather than stating you will link a citation, just read excerpts from the evidence you found that contradicts the proposition and then explain why this is important and is a reason for the judge to vote for the opposition. I thought your arguments against the opponents claims to solve climate change were clever. I do believe that without a counterplan, or a plan that would result in climate change being lowered, it is still difficult to disregard the proposition's claims of lowering the amount of climate change. I agree with you that there are many other ways of lowering your carbon footprint that might be less difficult than reducing your meat consumption, but how will we convince people to do these methods? I think it would be helpful for you to either have an alternative plan that results in climate change decreasing, or some evidence showing that a meat tax wouldn't actually result in the reduction of pollution and climate change. Alternatively, you could claim that a meat tax would result in extinction far faster than climate change would, which would be an effective way to combat the proposition's claims. For example, you could find evidence stating that a meat tax would cause the general population to have a less balanced and more unhealthy diet due to affordability and accessibility issues that come with making and purchasing healthy vegetarian meals, which would drastically increase the obesity rate and therefore increase the amount of early deaths which would lead to extinction faster than climate change. You could also make the argument that the amount of farming necessary to produce the amount of vegetables to sustain the economy would actually increase pollution and climate change rather than decrease it. One last thing, you could also use your economic arguments against the proposition's global warming impact. You could make the claim that economic downturn would cause extinction faster than climate change would. There is loads of evidence to support this from various scholarly sources on the internet. I have personally used this in some of my debate rounds to argue against opponents that claim to solve for climate change.

    The decision is for the Proposition: Matt Sausville

    Reason for Decision:

    Great job on both sides! I ended up voting for the proposition. The proposition's claims of being able to solve for climate change go uncontested, and the proposition was persuasive in making the argument that this is the most important impact in the round. The opposition makes some claims about there being easier ways to reduce your carbon footprint, but doesn't suggest a plan as to how to persuade people to take these actions. I'm also not persuaded that the economic downturn would be a significantly worse impact than climate change. I might have been able to be convinced if the opposition did more work on this point. I end up voting proposition to enact a meat tax in order to combat climate change.


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