Jordan Weiszhaar

Topicality: Alternative Energy

Definition: Alternative Energy
“Terminology Reference System”. US Environmental Protection Agency. February 1St 2006. Accessed online July 8, 2008 <> Energy derived from nontraditional sources (e.g., compressed natural gas, solar, hydroelectric, wind).

2. Violation
The Affirmative team does not use a nontraditional source for energy, instead they merely reduce the emissions of carbon dioxide that come from the burning of traditional sources, fossil fuels.

3. Standards
a. Field Contextual: This definition comes from the US Environmental

Protection Agency, giving us an expert definition from a governmental group that is dealing with the exact problems that our resolution has us focus our research on this year.
b. Limits: Our definition still provides for a fair number of affirmative and

negative arguments in this round. The affirmative still has plenty of cases to choose from including: ethanol, hydrogen, geo-thermal, any that are listed in the definition in addition to many more, and still fall within fair limits.
c. Term of Art: “Alternative Energy” is best described as a phrase, because

defining each word separately would distort the meaning and fall out of context with the resolution.

4. Voters
a. A priori: Topicality is the most important issue in this round, it determines

whether or not the Affirmative is following the resolution and there for should be looked at first in this round.
b. Jurisdiction: It is not within the judge’s jurisdiction to vote for a case that falls

outside of the resolution and is deemed Non-Topical.

Jordan Weiszhaar

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