Episode Four: Renewable Energy

Top of the show 

Welcome everyone and thank you for joining us. This is Valid arguments. A show that’s just like the stick you poured Fanta on while you were hiking in the forest. Fantastic. I’m Jeremy Horton, and today were going to be talking about renewable energy, and why finite resources are better. We will also be arguing about mouthfeel, and which words make us the most uncomfortable. Joining me today is Mr. Milo Mordhorst. (Milo intro). And Mr. Joel Barkley. (Joel intro). Thank you both. Now in front of me on this table is something that’s not usually here, a buzzer. You see we’re realists here at the Valid Arguments team and the subject we are about to argue about being a hot button political issue, we decided to have our own hot button to reign us in if things get a little out of hand. Alright well let’s start off with my first question. Which Bush was your favorite? Milo (Joel counter) 

Questions I will ask: 

  •  Currently the most effective and widely used renewable energy source is Biomass, making up about 50% of renewables as a whole worldwide. Do you think this is the right direction we should be taking the renewable energy industry, and if not, which source would you most like to see come to the forefront? 
  •  It is said the biggest reason we aren’t using 100% renewable energy today is storage and transportation, because just like traditional fuel sources, the energy is not consistent from one place to another. How do you think the balance of sociopolitical power will shift if we were to go 100% renewable? 
  • Palette cleanser/segment – What food has the worst mouthfeel
  • Well the whole reason renewable energy is a big deal is because of climate change, right? So, my question is, Is climate change even real? 
  •  How big of an impact do you think humans have on climate change, if any?  
  •  Palette cleanser/segment – What’s the most uncomfortable word in the English language?  
  •  Is renewable energy too expensive of a problem? Milo (Joel counter) 
  • The Koch brothers have been secretly sabotaging the American political system through the DonorsTrust foundation since 2008 when they stopped publicly donating money and effectively backing anti alternative energy politicians. My last question is how close to the edge do we need to get before we hold the government to a higher standard?   

Argument for: 

  •  Of the renewable fuels that may provide our energy needs in the future, biomass may be the oldest but it is also the least developed. With more research dollars given to more left-wing scientists, biomass could be the key to unlocking a completely sustainable future. 
  •  Energy Democracy is the future! Taking the power away from big energy corporations and putting it back into the hands of the community is a much-needed step in having a sustainable future. That’s why all politicians oppose REAL energy independence. 
  •  Of course, it is shit bird. Next, you’re going to say the earth is flat. Fuck off. Next question. 
  •  All the impact. We exclusively impact the environment directly and indirectly through our transportation and industry. 
  •  Renewable energy costs are only associated with the building of the equipment. After that it pays for itself 

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Argument Against 

  •   Using wood as a biomass is a problem as it releases large CO2 emissions into the atmosphere when the living trees are cut down as well as when it is burned. Many third world countries have been ruined due to this. Ethanol and other plant-based biofuels are a problem because in addition to having less crops being planted, and less being used for food, they are not as complete of a combustion in vehicles as traditional fossil fuels. Your smart ass libtards oughta know that. 
  •  Energy democracy would never work due to the unequal distribution of available resources. Without a stable form of federalized government keeping everyone on an even keel, local cities and municipalities would fall into a mad max like hellscape. The only solution is to fold the new resources into the existing chain of power and distribute it accordingly. 
  •  a substantial plurality of those calling themselves “climate scientists” are supporting the cause of global warming alarm.  
  • livestock accounted for 39 percent of all the greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture, according to a report that United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization. Cow farts are killing our planet 
  • The Obama administration allocated funds of 12b in order to building wind turbines. They have since doubled that estimate with no end in sight. Is it not irresponsible to start these projects without real cost benefit analysis? Energy returned<energy invested. 

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Outro: *summarize Joel and Milo end arguments* I think that both sides have………………Valid Arguments. The winner of tonights argument Told Esquire in 2008 “Every company wants smart people. Well, Hitler was smart. Stalin was smart. Mao was smart. If somebody’s evil, the smarter they are, the more damage they’re going to do.” Charles Koch ladies and gentleman. I’d like to thank you all for joining us, and thanks milo and Joel for your thoughts on the subject. We here valid arguments value opinions and think everyone should have one. So if you’re the type of person who knows your voice matters and would like us to help you amplify that voice, then get at us on social media @argumentsvalid on twitter and valid arguments on Facebook or if you think social media is just as evil as people who would pick star trek over star wars, then please feel free to call and leave us a voicemail, the number is 309-340-9431. Please join us next week for more arguments. We hope to disagree with you soon 

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