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Binghamton Speech & Debate

Proposition: Athena Matin-aw (University of San Jose-Recoletos) vs. Opposition: Katelyn Jeon (Churchill Junior High)

Judge: Emily Mendelson (Binghamton University)

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  • Athena Matin-aw
    Athena Matin-aw
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    Katelyn Jeon
    Katelyn Jeon
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    Posted at May 18, 2020 07:13:36AM EST by Athena Matin-aw

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    https://www.nrdc.org/stories/fossil-fuels-dirty-facts Denchak, M.

    Natural Resources Defense Council
    https://www.carbonbrief.org/solar-wind-nuclear-amazingly-low-carbon-footprints Evans, S. 2017

    https://www.nature.com/articles/s41560-017-0032-9 Pehl, M. et al 2017

    https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/es3051197 Kharecha, P.A. Hansen, J.E. Prevented Mortality and Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Historical and Projected Nuclear Power 2013

    https://www.energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2017/03/f34/quadrennial-technology-review-2015_1.pdf US DOE

    https://e360.yale.edu/features/why-nuclear-power-must-be-part-of-the-energy-solution-environmentalists-climate Rhodes, R. 2018

    https://www.world-nuclear.org/information-library/economic-aspects/economics-of-nuclear-power.aspx 2020

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/09/science/nuclear-reactor-waste-finland.html Fountain, H. 2017

    https://www.nsenergybusiness.com/news/newsmajor-pros-and-cons-of-thorium-nuclear-power-reactor-6058445/ 2018

    Posted at May 19, 2020 09:50:50PM EST by Katelyn Jeon

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    nei.org
    power-technology.com
    wsj.com
    scottmadden.com
    nuclearpowerprocon.org

    Posted at May 20, 2020 07:01:19AM 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.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/wp/2015/wp15105.pdf IMF Working Paper

    https://www.pri.org/stories/2015-06-07/imf-true-cost-fossil-fuels-53-trillion-year (IMF article for summary)

    https://www.forbes.com/sites/michaelshellenberger/2019/04/22/unreliable-nature-of-solar-and-wind-makes-electricity-much-more-expensive-major-new-study-finds/#284ed5da4f59 Expensive renewables electricity - Forbes

    https://medium.com/the-long-now-foundation/the-other-10-000-year-project-51425d40f93 Just How Big of a Problem is Nuclear Waste? The Other 10,000 Year Project - Medium

    https://www.ifnec.org/ifnec/upload/docs/application/pdf/2016-11/ifnec_rnfswg.pdf International Framework for Nuclear Energy Cooperation - Reliable Nuclear Fuel Services Working Group

    https://www.theverge.com/2018/8/3/17648972/spent-nuclear-radioactive-fuel-transportation-cask-sandia-science-triathlon Scientists put a nuclear waste container through a demanding trip to see if the fuel would break – The Verge

    https://www.world-nuclear.org/information-library/nuclear-fuel-cycle/transport-of-nuclear-materials/transport-of-radioactive-materials.aspx Transport of Radioactive Materials – World Nuclear Association

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2019/06/17/hbo-chernobyl-tragic-nuclear-power-safe-clean-vital-column/1409096001/ 2 things we believe: Chernobyl was catastrophic, and we need nuclear power more than ever – USA Today

    https://cwf.ca/research/publications/embracing-nuclear-for-canadas-energy-future-part-two-nuclear-energy-is-cheap-energy/ Embracing nuclear for Canada’s energy future | Part two: Nuclear energy is cheap energy – Canada West Foundation

    https://theconversation.com/nuclear-power-is-set-to-get-a-lot-safer-and-cheaper-heres-why-62207 - Nuclear power is set to get a lot safer (and cheaper) – here’s why- The Conversation

    Posted at May 21, 2020 11:10:25PM EST by Katelyn Jeon

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    stanford.edu
    bls.gov

    Posted at May 22, 2020 08:03:09AM EST by Athena Matin-aw

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    Thank you :)

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    This match has been completed. Show the Decision.

    Submitted at May 23, 2020 09:19:06PM EST by Emily Mendelson

    Category Athena Matin-aw Katelyn Jeon
    Use of evidence: 5.5 5
    Delivery skill: 4.5 4.3
    Coherence of arguments: 4.8 4.6
    Responsiveness to opponent: 5.1 4.8
    Identification of key points: 4.4 4
    Comments: Awesome work! I am really impressed and persuaded by your use of evidence throughout this debate, as well as you extremely coherent final speech which outlines the main points of the debate. Don't forget to directly impact out the reasons why fossil fuels are harmful in the last speech. Awesome work! I think you do a really good job pointing out the harms that nuclear power can bring. Your arguments are clear and concise, and you answer your opponent well. Be sure to explain positive impacts of your argument and not just the negative impacts of theirs, and in this case, it is important to answer the harm that fossil fuels do to the environment. Nice job!

    The decision is for the Proposition: Athena Matin-aw

    Reason for Decision:

    Great job both of you! I vote affirmative on the criteria of cost, reliability, people, and the environment. While I think there are risks that are imminent with nuclear power, those will be resolved with innovation. Additionally, I am persuaded that those risks are outweighed by the urgent need to stop using fossil fuels. Good debate!


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