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Counterplan Practice Speech
 You are giving a negative block speech extending a states counterplan. The debate thus far is below.
 Aff: RPS aff in starter packetPlan: The United States federal government should require that twenty percent of the electricity produced inthe United States come from renewable energy resources by the year 2020, and establish renewable energycredits to facilitate this goal.Advg: Fossil Fuels, Competitiveness, Pg 3-17 in packet
 Topicality: Incentives exclude regulationsObama DaClean Coal DaStates CP—Text and 1NC evidence below
 responses to the counterplan are below the 1NC.
 Understand that this practice speech is not very realistic because you are not working from a completed statescounterplan file. You will need to prepare theory blocks.You may use any cards from the starter pack that you think are responsive. There are a few cards from our lab’s file below the 2AC block.You have a maxium of 4min to give your speech.
1NC: RPS States Counterplan
: The governments of each of the fifty states in the United States should:
require that twenty percent of the electricity produced in its respective state come from renewableenergy resources by the year 2020, and establish renewable energy credits to facilitate this goal
adopt a business energy tax credit for solar power to cover 50% of a company's investments up to $40million.
The tax credit immediately makes the solar industry viable on a national scale
, Associate Editor for the Oregon Business,
(Ben, June, “Boosted by new state incentives and betting on the future, Oregon’s solar industry is soaring.”,http://www.solaroregon.org/about/news_folder/sun-sun-sun-here-it-comes)
Schumacher developed a revolutionary idea to
lower the cost of solar
power during the last oil crisis 33 yearsago.
Answering a call from the U.S. government for solar innovations, he invented
a closed-loop, low-energy system to produce high-quality polysilicon for solar cells. He was certain his process would improve efficiency throughout the solar industry,
but he never got to find out. Support from the government faded as oil prices returned to earth, and investors didn't fill the gap. Schumacherreluctantly dropped his plans and proceeded with a successful career that saw him earn over 40 patents and create hundreds of high-paying R&D jobs through the various technology companies he created in California. Three decades later,
is getting another chance tomake his solar system a reality - in Oregon.
His company, Peak Sun Silicon, has broken ground on a polysilicon manufacturing plant inMillersburg, north of Albany,
with ambitious plans to raise $718 million and create 500 jobs by the end of 2011, generatingraw materials for a solar manufacturing industry that is growing robustly both globally and in Oregon.
State officialspredict
that by this time next year Oregon will reach $1.4 billion in committed capital for solar manufacturing.
And thatfigure doesn't include the earnings of a growing legion of system installers, distributors, marketers, electricians, researchers, financial consultants,lawyers and architects who plan to be soaking up rays and revenues as the push to solar intensifies.
Oregon is betting big on all forms of renewable energy, but none has drawn more investment and business interest than the burgeoning solar industry.At the world's largest solar trade show in Munich, Germany, in April there was one U.S. state with its own booth:Oregon. Solar entrepreneurs enticed by lucrative incentives
, most notably the German powerhouse SolarWorld,
are pouringinto the Oregon market
, and more are being recruited, making the state's goal of a "self reinforcing cluster" in the solar industry seem lesslike wishful thinking and more like concrete reality. Residential solar installations are up 35%, commercial projects are on track to quadruple from2007 to 2008, and the market looks even sunnier to the south, where California has launched a $3.35 billion solar initiative that will further boostdemand for solar equipment that is more and more likely to be made in Oregon. The timing is serendipitous. The weak dollar is boosting exports and sending oil prices to all-time highs. New concerns and laws regarding climatechange are strengthening a market that is firmly established in Europe and growing everywhere else. Venture capital investments in solar energytopped $1 billion in the U.S. last year, and two of the hottest stocks on Wall Street have been First Solar in Phoenix and Sun Power in San Jose.
a strong Silicon Forest workforce familiar with the basic technology used in solar manufacturing and
some of the most generous subsidiesoffered by any state
Oregon has positioned itself to capitalize mightily on
what New York Times columnist Thomas Friedmanrecently labeled
next great global industry - clean power
ut for all of the investor exuberance regardingsolar, the fact remains that solar energy is not even close to eclipsing wind power, much less coal, hydro and evennuclear energy
For solar to compete without exorbitant subsidies, costs must come down.
That is the goal of the solarcompanies expanding in Oregon, and the industry as a whole. Joseph
, executive director of the Oregon Solar Energy Industry Association,
says solar's future is rooted not in idealism but in "continued and sustained profitability
." A veteran of the semiconductorindustry, Reinhart doesn't see any reason why mass production and innovation can't bring down costs quickly. "Just think about the $800 laptop youcan buy today" he says. "Less than 10 years ago it was $2,500, and you can't even compare the functionality. I see the same thing happening withsolar."For the past 30 years Oregon's solar sector has been dominated by early adopters with plenty of ideas and innovation but limited access tocapital. That has changed dramatically. According to the Portland-based research firm Clean Edge, capital investment in renewable energy companiesin the United States has ballooned from $599 million in 2000 to $2.7 billion in 2007. VC investment in solar topped $1 billion in the nation in morethan 700 financing rounds last year, according to the Prometheus Institute, a sustainable technology research firm based in Cambridge, Mass. Globalpowerhouses such as General Electric, Google and Applied Materials also are wagering aggressively on the future of solar as a hedge against risingenergy prices and concerns about the true costs of pollution and climate change.
Oregon saw the light in the legislative session of 2007, approving sizable subsidies to companies willing to invest in solar. The biggest incentive is an aggressivebusiness energy tax credit or BETC (pronounced "Betsy") that was expanded by the state Legislature in January tocover an enticing 50% of a company's investments up to $40 million. This super-sized incentive has had an
immediate impact
, enabling companies to leverage significant capital to set up, expand and drive up productionin Oregon.
companies -
SolarWorld, Peak Sun Silicon, Solaicx and PV Powered -
have received state approval for a combined$46 million in tax credits from this one subsidy alone.
2AC States Counterplan
1. Federal signal key
-- to investor confidence. CP cannot solve the competitiveness advg. Extend Flavin 06that says the federal government must join
2. Dispositionality is a voting issue – 
 Strategy skew – removing the option of a perm hamstrings the aff Multiple worlds bad – cut the affs time in ½ skewing aff time
3. Perm do the plan and the counterplan – solves best
Kammen, 7
– Professor in the Energy and Resources Group and Professor of Public Policy at Cal Berkeley(Daniel M., also Director, Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory at Berkeley, “Green Jobs Created by Global Warming Initiatives,” Congressional Testimony on 9-25-2007,http://docs.cpuc.ca.gov/eeworkshop/CPUC-new/summit/docs/Kammen_Senate_EPW-9-26.pdf) //JMP
Moving to Federal Action – A Green Jobs/Renewable Energy Portfolio
Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have now enacted Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards, which each call for a specific percentage of electricity generated to comefrom renewable energy.
Federal legislation should, at minimum, solidify state action with federal support. A great dealwould be achieved if Congress took the logical step and instituted a federal standard. A 20% federal RPSenacted today and required by 2020 is reasonable and achievable
, and should be a focal point of congressional action.
4. Solar energy porition of the counterplan irrelevant – 
our Sovokal evidence indicates that an RPS isnecessary to spur a transition to renewable energy
5. Fifty state fiat is a voting issue
- implausible nature of the counterplan makes it non-education
impossible for the aff to beat a this utopian counterplan that is not grounded in the literature

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