Can Reusable Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?


This past Thursday on September 14th, 2017, I had the wonderful opportunity to view the UTK Debate debate the topic Resolved: Reusable Energy Can Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels.

In the age that we are growing into, this is a topic that is becoming more and more relevant. Whether or not this topic presents itself into reality, is besides the matter; however, the fact being that it can happen is plausible.

Imagine powering a house, city, state, and nation entirely with energy from renewable sources: wind, sun, water (hydroelectricity), naturally occurring heat (geothermal), and plants. How does that sound?

We wouldn’t have to worry about coal mines and the disasters that follow it, oil wells, pipelines, or coal trains. No greenhouse gas emissions, car exhaust, or polluted streams. No wars over oil, dependence on foreign suppliers, or resource shortages.

During the debate we had the opportunity to hear many viewpoints from both the affirmative and the negative. One of the negatives arguments is that for reusable energy to be effective, we would need the sun; however, the sun is not always present. The affirmative stated that we would not always need the sun because…

“the United States is currently formulating productive and working ways to conserve the suns energy.” — Affirmative

The negative also brought in he political argument of the government being ran by the Republican party. “Being that the government is mostly conservative, the ideas of reusable energy would simply not be plausible — Coal mines, oil, etc. will be a necessity,” said the negative.

When looking back at the topic itself, the affirmative reiterated that she was not debating whether or not this will happen in the future, but more so how it can essentially happen. The affirmative also stated that…

“100% of Energy can be reusable by year 2050”

After the debate, we took tally on our social media outlets (twitter), and recorded that 73% of individuals believe that reusable energy can effectively replace fossil fuels, while 27% said that it could not.

What are your thoughts on this topic?