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Binghamton Speech & Debate

Proposition: Shea Tamura (Unaffiliated) vs. Opposition: Allana Spears (Colegio Bilingüe New Horizons)

Judge: shannon Moore (Unaffiliated)

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  • Shea Tamura
    Shea Tamura

    Allana Spears
    Allana Spears
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    Posted at May 18, 2020 10:03:47PM EST by Shea Tamura




    US Energy Information Administration
    Fossil fuels still dominate US energy consumption

    The Science and History of Oil Spills
    By Andrea Thompson - April 23, 2010

    Gulf Wildlife Report
    A Deadly Toll: The Gulf Oil Spill

    Posted at May 19, 2020 10:47:09PM EST by Allana Spears



    Vinai Dithajohn n.d,, "Nuclear Energy":

    Ben Schultz July/6/2018, Energycentral, "Why Renewable Energy Is Better Than Nuclear Power":

    Mark Diesendorf May/31/2016,,"Renewable energy versus nuclear: dispelling the myths":

    Posted at May 20, 2020 09:47:14PM EST by Shea Tamura



    World Nuclear Association. “Fukushima Daiichi Accident” (Updated May 2020). Available from

    International Energy Agency (IEA). World Energy Balance (2017). Available from

    U.S. Energy Information Administration. “How many nuclear power plants are in the United States, and where are they located?” Last updated: December 30, 2019. Available from

    World Nuclear Association. “Chernobyl Accident 1986” (Updated April 2020). Available from

    World Nuclear Association. “Safety of Nuclear Power Reactors” (Updated June 2019). Available from “Renewable energy sources can take up to 1000 times more space than fossil fuels”

    A. Moro and L. Lonza, "Electricity carbon intensity in European Member States: Impacts on GHG emissions of electric vehicles," Transportation Research D: Transport and Environment 64 (2018) 5-14. <source of info re countries with lowest GHG emissions in Europe>

    Posted at May 22, 2020 02:41:44AM EST by Allana Spears



    Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, May/22/2012,"Severe nuclear reactor accidents likely every 10 to 20 years, European study suggests" available from:

    N.d, 2020, "The science behind how a nuclear meltdown occurs" available at:

    U.S Fish and Wildlife service, May/2/2018, "Nuclear Power" available at:

    Oceana, s.d, "Renewable Energy: Myth vs. Fact" available at:

    Mark Diesendorf, May/31/2016, "Renewable energy versus nuclear: dispelling the myths",
    Available at: ://

    Posted at May 22, 2020 09:01:02PM EST by Shea Tamura


    Show – updated May 2020

    Environmental Impacts of Solar Power - Mar 5, 2013

    Big Dams, Big Damage: The Growing Risk of Failure - August 21, 2018 By Olivia Smith

    Will Wind Turbines Ever Be Safe For Birds? - March 16, 2016 By Emma Bryce


    This match has been completed. Show the Decision.

    Submitted at May 24, 2020 01:24:09PM EST by shannon Moore

    Category Shea Tamura Allana Spears
    Use of evidence: 5 5.4
    Delivery skill: 5.3 5.6
    Coherence of arguments: 5.4 5.6
    Responsiveness to opponent: 5.7 5.7
    Identification of key points: 5.4 5.5
    Comments: Excellent job! I think the point you made towards the end of the debate that your opponent is not responding to the prompt should have been made earlier in the debate and held more consistently! When debating its important to establish key points early on and keep them throughout. I think you did a great job at the end of your first speech establishing your key points. Going forward establish your key points and the order you will be making the arguments. Great job! I think you did an excellent job offering a counter plan. I think when going this route make sure to emphasize unique benefits of your plan, not just the reasons that it does not have the same downfalls of the affirmatives proposition.

    The decision is for the Opposition: Allana Spears

    Reason for Decision:

    This was an excellent (and close) debate!

    I ultimately voted on that renewable energy is a lower risk alternative power source. I think that this was one of the most consistent points made throughout the debate. Both sides should be sure do impact calculus (weigh the risks, as well as risk/reward)

    For both sides be sure to be clear about the evidence you are using-- establish it clearly and reference it by name.

    1 Comment

    Judge Moore, Thank you for your feedback I really appreciate it.

    Alana, it was fun to debate with you. Good luck next week.

    -Shea - Shea Tamura on May 24, 2020 at 03:59PM EST

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