Gonzaga Debate Institute 2008
R&B Shell (1/3)
A. Alternative energy transition already underway thanks to oil prices
Lynas, author of 'High Tide', ‘
, “After the Oil Crunch?” 6/12/08, http://www.newstatesman.com/environment/2008/06/oil- prices-lynas-world-carbon Accessed: 7/2/08
But peak oil may not be quite the crisis the catastrophists predict. So far, the price hike has been anenvironmental boon: the rise in fossil fuel prices has made emitting carbon more expensive, helping tomake up for the more or less total failure of world climate change policymaking. Higher oil prices havemade renewables more competitive
spurring rapid developments in wind and solar power
: installedcapacities of each are now doubling every two years. In the US, SUV sales have slumped - General Motorsmay now drop t he Hummer and focus production instead on its new plug-in electric hybrid model, theChevrolet Volt. The aviation industry has seen its profits evaporate, with many analysts declaring that the eraof cheap flights is over. All of these should be causes for celebration
. In global warming terms, oil at $139a barrel has been the best thing to happen for a decade.
B. Adoption of renewable energy lowers price of fossil fuels significantlyGoldman
Chairman and Founder of both BrightSource Energy Inc. and LUZ II, Ltd (which in turn is a worldleader in construction of solar arrays). Currently working at Tel Aviv University.
Large scale adoption of
solar and other
, coupled with the implementation of strongregulations encouraging the conversion of transportation systems to plug-in hybrid and electric vehicletechnology,
will reduce the demand of fossil fuel significantly. The price of fossil fuel would drop tomuch lower levels and materially reduce the balance of payment deficit
, and economic drain on manyeconomies. These economic benefits attained by the substitution of renewable energy should find some wayof positively entering into the renewable energy pricing system.