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Proposition: Laura Aybar (Colegio Bilingüe New Horizons) vs. Opposition: Athena Matin-aw (University of San Jose-Recoletos)

Judge: Ian Miller (University of Oklahoma)

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    Laura Aybar
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    Athena Matin-aw
    Athena Matin-aw
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    Posted at May 19, 2020 02:24:44AM EST by Laura Aybar

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    CONTENTION 1
    SUB 1:

    11 facts about pollution. (n.d.). DoSomething.org. https://www.dosomething.org/us/facts/11-facts-about-pollution


    Wildlife is on the losing end of our addiction to fossil fuels. (n.d.). LexisNexis® Legal Newsroom. https://www.lexisnexis.com/legalnewsroom/environmental/b/fishwildlife/posts/wildlife-losing-addiction-fossil-fuels-oil-gas-coal-renewable-energy


    SUB 2:

    Air quality. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.nei.org/advantages/air-quality

    Jogalekar, A. (2013, April 2). Nuclear power may have saved 1.8 million lives otherwise lost to fossil fuels, may save up to 7 million more. Retrieved from https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/the-curious-wavefunction/nuclear-power-may-have-saved-1-8-million-lives-otherwise-lost-to-fossil-fuels-may-save-up-to-7-million-more/


    Nuclear power and the environment. (2020, January 15). Retrieved from https://www.eia.gov/energyexplained/nuclear/nuclear-power-and-the-environment.php


    Pielke, R. (2020, March 10). Every day 10,000 people die due to air pollution from fossil fuels. Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/sites/rogerpielke/2020/03/10/every-day-10000-people-die-due-to-air-pollution-from-fossil-fuels/#3cedb3492b6a


    SUB 3:
    Griffin Bovee. (2009, April 9). Why we should use more nuclear power as an energy source. Retrieved from https://www.egcitizen.com/news/why-we-should-use-more-nuclear-power-as-an-energy/article_3e1cd6c5-c1c6-5200-8818-f94260bac842.html

    CONTENTION 2
    SUB 1:
    Jobs. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.nei.org/advantages/jobs

    SUB 2:
    Conca, J. (2018, May 25). Atoms for Africa. Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/sites/jamesconca/2018/05/25/atoms-for-africa/#89d2050cd668


    IEA. (2017, October). WEO-2017 special report: Energy access outlook – Analysis. Retrieved from https://www.iea.org/reports/energy-access-outlook-2017


    Reports, S. (2017, December 19). Nuclear energy - A solution to energy poverty? Retrieved from https://www.borgenmagazine.com/nuclear-energy-solution-energy-poverty/


    Posted at May 19, 2020 02:38:40PM EST by Athena Matin-aw

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    Morse, E. 02/21/13. National Geographic Resource Library. Non-Renewable Energy. https://www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/non-renewable-energy/

    Arnold, C. February 2014. Environmental Health Perspectives Volume 122. Once Upon a Mine: The Legacy of Uranium on the Navajo Nation. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3915248/

    Carvalho, F.P. 2007. Environmental Health Risk IV. Environmental health risk from past Uranium mining and milling activities. Pages 107-114. https://books.google.com.ph/books?hl=en&lr=&id=4EXQCwAAQBAJ&oi=fnd&pg=PA107&dq=Carvalho+FP+(2007)+Environmental+health+risk+from+past+uranium+mining+and+milling+activities.+In:+Brebbia+CA+(ed)+Environmental+health+risk+IV,+WIT+transactions+on+biomedicine+and+health,+Vol+11,+pp+107%E2%80%9314&ots=neZwaU5n3H&sig=VbDl9_dGq8xNZ4u2VK_sDve9YrM&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false

    Srivastava R.R., Pathak P., Perween M. (2020) Environmental and Health Impact Due to Uranium Mining. In: Gupta D., Walther C. (eds) Uranium in Plants and the Environment. Radionuclides and Heavy Metals in the Environment. Springer, Cham. https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-14961-1_3

    Froggat, A., Schneider, M. September 2019. World Nuclear Industry Status Report. https://www.worldnuclearreport.org/IMG/pdf/wnisr2019-v2-lr.pdf

    International Renewable Energy Agency. Renewable Energy and Jobs – Annual Review 2017. https://www.irena.org/publications/2017/May/Renewable-Energy-and-Jobs--Annual-Review-2017

    Union of Concerned Scientists. 10/20/17. Benefits of Renewable Energy Use. https://www.ucsusa.org/resources/benefits-renewable-energy-use

    Jin, T., Kim, J. August, 2018. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews Volume 91. What is better for mitigating carbon emissions – Renewable energy or nuclear energy? A panel data analysis. Pages 464-471. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1364032118302326

    Lindquist, H. 2017. Renewable Energy Integration (Second Edition). The Journey of Reinventing the European Electricity Landscape (abstract)
    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/B9780128095928000019
    (excerpt) https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/engineering/interconnectors

    Portland State University. 07/12/2019. Shifts to renewable energy can drive up energy poverty, study finds. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/07/190712151926.htm

    Posted at May 21, 2020 01:26:18AM EST by Laura Aybar

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    https://www.nextbigfuture.com/2019/05/nuclear-is-still-cheaper-and-safer-than-solar-and-wind.html
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelshellenberger/2018/07/06/if-nuclear-plants-are-so-vulnerable-to-terrorist-attack-why-dont-terrorists-attack-them/#ad031ea5877a
    https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelshellenberger/2018/07/06/if-nuclear-plants-are-so-vulnerable-to-terrorist-attack-why-dont-terrorists-attack-them/#ad031ea5877a
    https://www.energy.gov/ne/articles/nuclear-power-most-reliable-energy-source-and-its-not-even-close
    https://www.nei.org/news/2018/cost-of-nuclear-generation-reaches-10-year-low

    Posted at May 21, 2020 12:01:26PM EST by Athena Matin-aw

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    https://www.ipcc.ch/site/assets/uploads/2018/02/AR5_SYR_FINAL_SPM.pdf Climate Change 2014 Synthesis Report IPCC

    https://www.mpg.de/13275159/air-pollution-fossil-fuels Rapid global shift to renewable energies can save millions of lives 2019

    https://www.ourenergypolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/AWEA-Renewable-Energy-Builds-a-More-Reliable-and-Resilient-Electricity-Mix.pdf Renewable Energy Builds a More Reliable and Resilient Electricity Mix 2017

    https://www.lazard.com/media/451086/lazards-levelized-cost-of-energy-version-130-vf.pdf Lazard’s Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis—Version 13.0 2019

    https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/05/180529132032.htm Construction delays make new nuclear power plants costlier than ever 2018

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/amorylovins/2019/11/18/does-nuclear-power-slow-or-speed-climate-change/#21256b6f506b Does Nuclear Power Slow Or Speed Climate Change? 2019

    https://www.newstatesman.com/spotlight/energy/2019/01/era-cheap-renewable-energy-new-nuclear-plants-don-t-add In the era of cheap renewable energy, new nuclear plants don’t add up 2019

    https://ourworldindata.org/safest-sources-of-energy Safest Sources of Energy 2020

    https://www.rappler.com/move-ph/issues/disasters/typhoon-yolanda/47662-project-enkindle-yolanda-solar-panels No power, no problem: Solar panels light up Yolanda houses 2014

    https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2015/10/why-we-need-renewable-energy-to-end-poverty/ Why we need renewable energy to end poverty 2015

    Posted at May 23, 2020 02:19:55AM EST by Laura Aybar

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    https://theconversation.com/coal-isnt-good-for-humanity-but-renewables-arent-the-only-answer-to-energy-poverty-45758https://asiancorrespondent.com/2011/05/green-deaths-the-forgotten-dangers-of-solar-panels/
    https://www.eia.gov/electricity/monthly/epm_table_grapher.php?t=epmt_6_07_a
    Because uranium is a radioactive substance health effects have been researched. Scientists have detected no harmful radiation effects of natural levels of uranium.
    https://www.statista.com/statistics/267158/number-of-nuclear-reactors-in-operation-by-country/

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    This match has been completed. Show the Decision.

    Submitted at May 23, 2020 01:11:11PM EST by Ian Miller

    Category Laura Aybar Athena Matin-aw
    Use of evidence: 4.5 4.6
    Delivery skill: 4.9 4.9
    Coherence of arguments: 4.3 4.3
    Responsiveness to opponent: 4.6 4.4
    Identification of key points: 4.2 4.5
    Comments: Great speeches - however I think that you often got bogged down in framework and topicality - instead perhaps spend time explaining your studies more or contesting the uranium mining argument. You had great points about solar and wind power. However, I would try to provide more figures next debate to illustrate the extent to which the technology has advanced. This would make your counterplan more persuasive.

    The decision is for the Opposition: Athena Matin-aw

    Reason for Decision:

    This was a good and very close debate. I ended up voting for the opposition because of the harms of uranium mining that wouldn't be present in a world with other renewables replacing fossil fuels.

    The most important questions in this debate were about poverty and feasibility. The opposition adequately defended the feasibility of scaling up renewables using studies from the World Economic Foundation and other sources while also winning that the areas used in uranium mining would be damaged for generations, causing lasting societal problems.

    The proposition wins that terrorism is non-unique, however they do not win the feasibility question because of the studies mentioned by the opposition and the argument that renewables are getting cheaper and better. The advancements from renewables mentioned by the opposition combat the claims that they would not provide enough energy.

    Lastly, there is also competing claims about the unreliability of nuclear plants in areas that are very warm.

    Because this feasibility question is a wash, I ended up voting for the opposition because of the well impacted out harms of uranium mining.


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