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posted on May, 2 2007 @ 02:38 PM
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Welcome to another round of Head-2-Head Battle! This marks the first debate between two political candidates for the upcoming Above Top Secret Presidential Campaign.

Let's get down to it.

Subject

Building Tomorrow

Each candidate will detail his concept of America's future in the long term (100 or more years from now) with respect to Energy, Transportation, Food/Water supply/logistics, Health Care/Sanitation, and Population Growth, and explain his plan for beginning to guide America toward that vision during his term of office. This is not a pro/con debate, but a qualitative comparison between two ideas.

This debate will not be judged, but open to comments from any "Fighter" once it has been officially closed by myself.


Rules

Each candidate will be allowed an introduction, 5 body posts, and a conclusion. There will be no final rebuttal.

Maverickhunter will post first.

Each response should be made within 24 hours. A 12 hour grace period may be allowed if requested before the expiration of 24 hours. After 36 hours, the overdue post is forfeited, subject to exception by mutual agreement.

No post shall be longer than 5,000 characters. Extra characters will be deleted from the end of the post.

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[edit on 2-5-2007 by chissler]




posted on May, 2 2007 @ 06:35 PM
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Hello. I have a feeling that you may or may have not been reading too much out of the Democratic or of the liberal media, so I think it would be fair to discuss this out of a neutral standpoint.

From reading the site www.naturalgas.org I can see that natural gas will be the best fuel efficent energy resource within the next hundred years and before we get started on making the private sectors work on fission with water to get energy, they have to get natural gas to work first.

You can find some unconventional resources which has natural gas but can be altered so that can be changed so that like when you are drilling to methane or some other rock like surface which has natural gas, even though they do not have the materials to drill it out of now they have a roughly large percentage of natural gas stored in them.

That being said, I believe we need to work on experimental energy sources in the meantime and in many articles nasa has planned for the development of new technology for public use that resembles the jetsons by 2050, they could create a new source of energy while they are at it.

Charging your car takes too long, we need a more fuel efficent car that runs on water and can run on electricity as well. Nuclear fission won't work because we haven't figured out a way to do it yet. All of these commercials that show nuclear fission or some really high up super futuristic technology will not happen for a while, it may happen in the next 100 years, so of course we should keep our research on it up, but until then we shouldn't talk about using nuclear fuel for cars yet.

We need hovercrafts so that people don't need to drive with cars and plus if we had hovercrafts we could find some unlimited energy source for cars and then people wouldn't have to worry about energy but apparently, since people are not smart enough to think that hovercrafts won't work on a mass scale and that it is some sort of technological fantasy then it probably won't happen.

We probably could form a system where we have hovercrafts and then we completely rebuild our highway system, so that we have magnets, underneath, and that the transit is directly controlled by the the Department of Transportation and the department of transportation has this one super computer which takes in all of the suggestions that they are given, and they can create a computer which would be centralized to your hovercraft, and then the computer connects to a server that connects to your car, and it calculates a route for you, based on the destination you are going. Why would this be different from what we already have? Because it's simple, it's because the cars can only be determined of where to go, and this way we could completely eliminate the need for a GPS system in our cars, and so that we wouldn't need to know how to get there and we wouldn't have to worry about getting hit.

Plus, having hovercrafts would reduce the emissions of carbon monoxide into the Earth's atmosphere, and it would eliminate the need for natural gas when the technology becomes readily available.

Also, having a hovercraft would greatly reduce the risk of suicide bombings in 100 years because you could not control your transit of the car as it is being controlled for you, and the alleged people that attempt to crash into you intentionally would not be able to do so because they are not able to.

It would be safer, and more well suited for travel. Plus, you can travel easier and it would be easier on you since you wouldn't have to worry about what to do.

I mention the hovercraft idea because the idea that hovercrafts don't release emissions into the atmosphere or that they don't use energy hasn't been thought out thuroughly before, I however, do think it would be great, because we could eliminate the unecessary energy we use while transporting ourselves from place to place in the car. Until that time comes, we should use natural gas as our main energy source.

That's what I think about energy. It's not some sci-fi concept it's a technology they are not focusing on because of other important things that are going on.



posted on May, 3 2007 @ 03:30 AM
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Why?
I'd like to thank my opponent for being willing to have this debate. These are serious issues which deserve action, not only lofty dreams. The stakes are high. Current technology cannot support a world of 6 Billion people at an acceptable standard of living. Only the persistence of poverty, in some cases engineered purposefully by powerful economic interests, has sustained us this far. If we do not undertake a technological revolution, billions of people will eventually have to die and ultimately our planet and our species will succomb.

America has the resources and the technical ability to lead this charge, and in so doing we will preserve our great place in this world, not through force but through cooperation. We are undertaking a discussion of issues which affect virtually every aspect of our future. Whether we are at war or at peace, fed or starving, loved or hated, and alive or dead all depends upon our swift and persistent action.

How?
This work is daunting and costly. To achieve it, we must be efficient. We must pursue interrelated technologies which solve as many problems as possible with each discovery and each investment in infrastructure. We must not squander our efforts on pipe dreams or boondoggles. Of the many possibilities before us, we must choose

  • Those which we are best able to accomplish
  • Those we can accomplish in a timely manner
  • Those we can actually afford to bring into being
  • Those which will provide sufficiently for everyone in the long term


A Preview of My Plan

Energy
Fusion is almost without doubt the future of energy. The technology is not yet ready to go, but it has been worked on and has been demonstrated in theory, and there are ongoing projects.

Fusion is able to form the basis of the entire system because it can provide virtually limitless power. While fossil fuel deposits can be exhausted, Hydrogen- they fuel of fusion- is the most abundant element in the universe, and constitues a major portion of our oceans.

Increased funding for education and for research is needed to expedite this vital development for our future.

Transportation
The abundance of hydrogen and the fact that we will need an infrastructure to harvest it from our oceans for fusion anyway makes it the logical choice for transporation as well. Hydrogen is a quite versatile fuel. It can power an internal combustion engine, making the switch over for auto makers practical, but it can also be used to power an electric motor without combustion using a Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell. In either case the only byproduct is water vapor, making it completely clean and fully renewable.

We have the ability to use hydrogen now. It will not be the most cost effective or efficient option in the short term, until fusion is our primary power source, but it will help usher in the developments that our long term success depends upon in terms of infrastructure, hands on experience, and market-driven innovation. Through tax incentives and legal requirements I will stimulate greater production of hydrogen fuel and vehicles which run on hydrogen either through combustion or the use of PEM fuel cells.

Food/Water
We are going to have to start using energy-intensive desalination processes to create enough useable water to support agriculture and provide adequate sanitation and hydration for everyone. In some cases it may even prove to be a valuable export commodity as the world population grows. Desalination plants will be well worth their cost, particularly once fusion is providing sufficient energy to support extensive use of this option. I will fund desalination plants in areas of the country most in need of additional water resources in order to improve the energy efficiency of the process and build expertise that will serve us as we expand use of this technology in the future. This is a dual-use technology that can have a positive environmental impact as well.

Healthcare
Development is needed, but now our greatest health concern is ensuring that people are financially able to enjoy the technology we already possess. A series of regulatory reforms on the industry and tax reforms to make our expenditures in this field more efficient are necessary.

Population
Population growth is the overarching theme behind all that we are discussing. We find ourselves in a race to expand the carrying capacity of our planet in order to save lives. With near 100% recycling of all possible materials, and abundant energy, mobile fuel, food, and water provided by the programs described above, we can sustain a responsible levels of growth for at least another century. We need that century to educate and to elevate people world wide, preparing the majority of people to choose, without coercion, to reproduce at replacement rate only.



posted on May, 6 2007 @ 11:09 AM
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Alright, since my opponent answered all of the questions, and agreed to give me an extension I am more than glad to make a post in a response.

I do not feel as though 6 billion people are impossible to manage. That's why you have all of these organizations protecting the environment and warning people of future threats, and telling them what they are going to need to be doing. THE EPA, the EPA is an agency that sponsors the development of pro-environmental agencies and also promotes the protection of the environment. We need more agencies like these to promote developments of the private sectors for the next hundred years.

What you said about America makes not very much sense, however, as it is clear that America is the most beloved country in the world because whenever a country is in need we send our Marines to protect that country, and we send our best soldiers and our best reserves in the time of war to protect people from it.

My dreams predict the future and I haven't been wrong yet, so I'll tell you a little bit about my dreams and the consequences about our current actions with the use of those energy supplements. First of all, our generation might not be around with China and North Korea becoming adept with Nukes, and then with Russia supporting them, they may end up fighting a proxy war with us. They are going to be giving all of our enemies the data to make the nukes, and thus, this has to do with energy how? Well, you said Nuclear power was a good thing, but it's bad, and third world countries like these countries will definetely abuse it. There will always be those that take the good research and put it into bad thought. What do you think Einstein was thinking as he made the A-bomb? Did you think he wanted to create a device to fuel a car? NUCLEAR ENERGY IS BAD. It will develop bombs, like it has, and if by your plan is what I perceive it is, then it will fall into bad hands, and those people who are in gangs, MS-G13s or whatever they are called, will take them apart, and they will sell the nuclear fuel off the black market.

I propose water fission. We need water fission so that we can have energy that will last a life time without polluting the environment. Our first objective of achieving water fission, will be to make sure that the water is kept cool, under a circumstance, it must be frozen, then when it needs to be activated and used, the engine will churn and it will be melted and somehow it will activate itself and act as an energy source.

My alternate source of fuel would be to propose a new type of hovercrafts. We could create hovercrafts that run on artifical magnets. These artifical magnets will create a pull and pushing force, the term magnets is man-made created in this instance, and is a term used to define the act of pushing and pulling. What will happen will be that we need to rebuild the free way system, so that we can have spots on the freeway that push or pull a car to the right, to the left, so it can remain straight, or so it can hover over some cars to do a uturn. It will use artifcally created magnets so that it will reduce the level of difficulty that is required to drive and it will allow disabled people to travel with a car. The car will drive for you to your destination and you will cite your destination in the dar.

That answers your questions about transportation and energy, does it not?


Food/Water
I believe that we need to conserve food but not water. We need to start using as much water as we can and we need to start advertising the benefits of water because it is becoming more and more evident that people are choosing sports drinks, or gatorade, or sodas over water, because that's what is "cool" and water is not. Plus, we need to advertise what foods are healthy, and people need to be eating more healthy foods, because in a few surveys in the 90s they made jokes about people self-imploding because of their weight. Food is not a problem, we do not need more of it, we need what's healthy. The more food you eat the worse you get.


Healthcare
We need to find a Universal healthcare system for our country to make it financially available to everyone. However, our healthcare system must give people a health-care system that is affordable based on what their income is so that they don't go homeless paying for it, as it is expensive.

Population
Population is not something we should worry about now. We should colonize other planets like the planet of Mars, and we should develop interstellar travel so that we can travel to far off planets that are earth-like so that we can send people from here off to other planets at their own disgression if they feel like they want to go to another planet, and so that we can continue to have our planet develop, we must maintain a stable population.



posted on May, 7 2007 @ 08:54 PM
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Rebuttals

On fusion workability
My opponent has failed to differentiate between the two forms of nuclear energy. First he said fission was impossible. It isn't; we do it all the time. He meant fusion is impossible. That's not either. The technology in is development and showing promise- we just haven't been able to sustain net-gain reactions for a long enough period of time yet.

On fusion security risks
Also as a consequence of this failure to distinguish, he believes fusion creates a danger of nuclear proliferation. Fusion does not require fissile materials. There are no weapons currently known to exist which are capable of starting a fusion reaction without a fission primary. By proliferating fusion technology, we would have a valid reason to push for a ban on fission technology which is necessary to nuclear weapons, thus eliminating the "dual use" threat.

Of course there is some concern that ballotechnics will replace fusion primaries, but ballotechnics such as hafnium 178 also have to be bred in a reactor, so the previous argument still applies. Any way you slice it, fusion is far less of a security risk.

The tinwiki article I wrote last year on Red Mercury bombs includes a great deal of the technical information and sources that I am referring to, and can be seen here if you doubt my facts.

On even knowing what the heck we are talking about
Also "water fission" will not generate energy. Binding energies go down as you progress through the early part of the periodic table, meaning that splitting small nuclei doesn't generate power, it consumes power. I'm pretty sure my opponent is talking about heavy hydrogen fusion (not water fusion- the oxygen is removed through electrolysis and discarded, and only deuterium and tritium will do the trick)

On hover cars

  • Your hover car will still need a power source for the electromagnets. They would have to be electromagnets in order to toggle on and off to use the propulsion system you described.
  • The power needed would be considerably more than we use for wheeled propulsion because the vehicle would be lifting rather than only rolling its own weight.
  • The freeways would also have to be electromagnets simply because we'd never be able to produce rare earth magnets in sufficient quantity to pave with them (aggregate mines have to produce thousands of tons a day in some cases to keep up with paving schedules. That's fine when any old silicate will do, but that's a lot of neodymium (which, incidentally loses its strength above 176 degrees, a temperature which pavement can approach on a hot summer day in some areas. link) We'd have to repave every single street in the Houston area (and other places, including my home town) every single year, sometimes more than once.


On Fusion
Why fusion?
Fusion has a crucial advantage that we will need: it can consistently generate massive amounts of power.

Providing clean water, generating stored energy for transportation, and manufacturing necessities for 6 Billion people now, to say nothing of 10 Billion people in the near future, will require that kind of energy. Maverickhunter may think we're doing OK, but the fact is that 2.6 Billion people don't have basic sanitation and over a billion use unsafe water sources . link

What will it take?
It's on the way. ITER, a testbed, should be running in 10 years. A proof of concept for commercial reactors should be running in 25 years. A timeline of development is available here.
It's only costing us and our 6 partner nations combined 1 Billion annually. What we need to do now is build the heavy water facilities, the hydrogen generation facilities and pipelines, etc to support them when its time, and start a conditional licensing process and ongoing engineering review that will be sure that design and construction begins the day after ITER and DEMO have yielded the information we need. We also need to start setting aside money for construction. A fusion power plant will generate about 2 gigawatts according to current estimates. We are currently using over 500 gigawatts annually. We should be prepared to build at least 50 fusion plants almost immediately upon the technology becoming viable, to provide roughly 20% of our current power needs. If we use the cost numbers for ITER as a predictor, we can expect that to cost around 600 Billion dollars over the course of a decade. That can be managed, but we would be wise to start setting aside money for it now so that we don't have to give control of it over to private investers for profiteering and so that we don't have to resort to massive taxes at that time to fund construction.



posted on May, 9 2007 @ 08:13 PM
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Alright, my opponent thinks that fusion is the best way to do it. By what I meant I meant to say that fission is impossible, they have not found a way to use it yet, and it might cause problems. Yes, I am referring to hydrogen fusion, and I am glad that you picked up on it because I used to read about this stuff all the time and I knew what it was before but I just made a little error with my memory but I can still argue with my position.

Hydrogen fusion would be great because if they can find a way to create electricity by using wind then therefore they can find one by using hydrogen fusion as a mean to create the limitless potential for endless energy in a short time.

Using natural gas would be the best choice for the mean time when we need to conserve our gas we will need to use the renewable natural gas supply. We need to mine the natural gas at local natural gas springs, which have RENEWABLE NATURAL GAS, and look how I capitalised the word "renewable". What I want is a renewable resource that you can use for every day use and we learned in school that natural gas is renewable in certain parts.

The problem with nuclear fuel is that it breaks down and it can melt down and the factories which produce nuclear fuel have leaked or will eventually leak. This is not a scare, it is happening. In fact, one nuclear power plant in some state leaked earlier this year, and this should show my opponent that nuclear power is wrong and is not a good source of fuel.

Also, I think that natural gas is the best source of energy because it is clean and it does not harm the environment. If it harmed the environment I would be afraid of it, but it does not, and there has been no proof that the emissions of natural gas has been more harmful than nuclear fuel or oil.

Plus, nuclear fuel releases nuclear waste, and the nuclear waste may do nothing more than influence the ozone layer, but it still causes lots of damage. You're thinking more in the short term rather than in the long term. I think that if we need a better energy source we'll need one for the long term.

Specifically, I believe that natural gas and hydrogen fission can be used interchangably for cars for the future and if they can be developed on enough and gatherers the public attention enough, then they are going to be in mass use really soon.

Plus, natural gas is already used in some buses in Washington DC, I have seen some being used and they can run fine.

We need to work on hovercrafts, and you misunderstood me, I used the term magnet to describe the pushing and pulling and force. What I meant to describe was that the on and off force of the pushing and pulling would allow the hovercraft to move at the car computer's will. Therefore, you would control your hovercraft with a computer, and thus easing your method of travel.

Additionally, I believe it is not some science fiction concept, like you do, and that it needs to be acted upon now. We need to move forwards and not backwards.

There are many problems with nuclear power, including nuclear waste emissions into the atmosphere, and nuclear meltdowns in power plants, I had the problem with a video game that simulated reality, Sim City, and I spent all of my money on nuclear power plants, and within the next hundreds of years, the power plant melted. I bring this up because it'll be like what will happen if we focus all of our energy on creating nuclear waste. Imagine in the next thousands of years what the nuclear waste pile up will look like if we focuse all of our energy on creating nuclear power plants once the power plants go out of use will look like.



posted on May, 10 2007 @ 11:29 PM
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I have missed the reply period without giving prior notice and will forego this response. I will be ready to respond once my opponent makes his next post.



posted on May, 14 2007 @ 11:53 AM
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Maverickhunter has missed his window of opportunity to submit a reply, and will forfeit this response. The Vagabond is free to post.



posted on May, 14 2007 @ 10:31 PM
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Alright, there is much to say and few words to say it in so here we go.

Transportation
My opponent's further explanation of his magnetic transportation system simply does not answer the problem I have presented (which I understood perfectly).
His support for natural gas is ill-founded as well. Natural gas is cleaner (around 30% cleaner than petroleum) but not clean. It is composed of carbon as well as hydrogen, and that means CO2 emissions, which contribute to global warming. The useless carbon in the fuel also takes up a disproportionate amount of space.

Hydrogen on the other hand can be used in a PEM fuel cell with only water as an emission. A natural gas powered internal combustion engine would generate NOx if it ran hot, but a PEM fuel cell would not. So why transition our cars over to natural gas combustion and enlarge our natural gas infrastructure just to phase it back out in short order when internal combustion is done with? The hydrogen we can use in internal combustion will also be the fuel of choice for the next vehicle power system, so the infrastructure only needs to be built once, and it will be more efficient because we are not expending energy moving useless weight in the form of carbon.

Also, generating renewable natural gas would mean establishing plants at landfills and waste water treatment plants all over the country. On the other hand, using the abundant power provided by fusion to get it from sea water would only require a few large plants, operating more efficiently than thousands of small ones.

This, combined with national urban development standards designed to plan future expansion in our country in ways that make mass transit a viable option for more major population centers and other advanced planning can meet out transportation needs far more effectively than "hover cars".

Food and Water
We don't appreciate water as we should because we can get it in almost any room of our homes, but water is a precious commodity. We are exhausting fresh water sources. The Colorado River no longer reaches the Gulf of California- it gets tapped out, and nobody is getting as much of it as they want. Serious water disputes have been seen in this country in Klamath Falls and on the Chattahoochee. It will get worse. We need an abundant supply of water for crops, for sanitation, for industrial use, and of course for less important things like not dying.

The answer covers most of the Earth's surface. It's just full of salt. Desalination is expensive because it is power intensive, but this is yet another problem that fusion can solve for us. By building a network of desalination plants around the country we can provide for our agricultural, industrial, and personal water needs virtually without limit, which will be an economic advantage to us as growing nations, like China (which at present seems prepared to eclipse us in many ways) start wondering how they will feed their populations and provide water resources for their industrial needs. At the same time, we will be able to solve environmental problems in places such as the Salton Sea, Klamath River, and elsewhere using the same infrastructure which safeguards us against future needs.


Summing up
The beauty of my proposals is the interrelation of them all. We do not need many small facilities drawing on many different technologies. The power we can derive from fusion will allow us to use the same sea water from which we derive our fusion fuel to fill our gas tanks and be cleaned and piped to our homes. We must begin planning and budgeting and where practical building right now so that 20, 30, and 50 years from now our preparation and efficiency put us at the head of the pack and provide us with the boost we need to remain relevant in an increasingly more competitive world.

It's not hover cars and free energy, but it will work. I love science fiction, but right now we're talking about how we're going to support ourselves and our children and grandchildren for the long haul, not just about what would be really neat.



posted on May, 15 2007 @ 05:56 PM
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Okay-- my opponent still didn't get a few things about what I meant but I suppose I should offer my closing statements as well. My opponent's argument-- the vagabond was well formed. However he does not realize that I know what natural gas is and that it must be mined for. I can see that in the future if we use petroleum as our fuel source he did not answer the problem I presented with the example of the sim city game that I spoke about, he did not say what we would do in case one leaks. I am thinking in the term of safety. I do not intend on making something cool but something which would be more worth our while. People would want hovercrafts and would want to be able to glide on their way to work without having to touch their weel with a magnetic based system of controling the highway.

Hydrogen fuel cells would work fine. My opponent corrected me when I spoke about water fission because that didn't make sense to him, and I understand.

Natural gas can work, and it's already in the works. Buses in Washington D.C already use natural gas. If buses in Washington D.C already use gas, therefore, natural gas should be available in other locations. They should make it a conservable energy for cars and before it is released to the public they should work on it so that it is cheap and that it can be renewed quickly. I do not know how they would do that but they can do this now so they should be able to do it in the future.
Transportation

Food and Water
My opponent argues that the importance of water is great but the opponent I have the Vagabond is failing to meet the requisite of what the topic is, the topic of this is food AND water. Therefore, it seems only logical to argue about food AND WATER. I have to say there needs to be said nothing of water because without water humans cannot live and that's as simple as it gets but people need to eat healthier foods. I cannot stand how people eat at mcdonalds more than once a week. There are statistics saying that if people continue to eat at Mcdonalds as many times as they do they will end up weighing X pounds, and that is bad. WE need to educate our young people into eating well. The older generation will not listen to us when told to eat less because they have been doing this for years. Even though the fast food companies may be mad at a slight drop of profits we should take the risk and fight the fast food habits of our nation.

Summing up
I do not see that everyone will be able to use the fusion that my opponent suggests as they will. My opponent says that everyone will be allowed to have their own fusion generator but most people would eventually have to learn what fusion is in schools at an early age... people can talk now and say "hey the price of gas is going up" and then in the world my opponent envisions they would be like "well I wonder how much the price of centrifuges will go up within the next few years." It seems highly doubtful that many people will take a liking to that.

If you want a popular energy source you need to market it, and people will need to see that it's safe, which is why natural gas will be the best source of energy for the next 20-30 years and then we can impliment my plan for a magnet based system of highways with hovercars for the next one hundred years to be the "car of the future". It's not just the car of the future, having a cpu controlled car would reduce a lot of accidents, suicide bombings, and deaths in the world, and even if you fell to sleep at the wheel when you were driving with one of these cars, you'd end up still making it to work/home on time, and wouldn't be killed. There are too many people who die at the wheel in an accident and this way... it's just better. Humans make too many errors, and would not know how to use what they have, so cpus should do it for the people who can't, and the people who still know how to do what they are expected of, should be allowed to use the other method of transportation.

I am not planning on reinventing the future but making a few slight modifications to the current existing one.



posted on May, 15 2007 @ 09:42 PM
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First and foremost, I never said everyone would have their own fusion generator. That is a ludicrous concept at this point in time. We're talking about multi-million dollar facilities that put out 2 gigawatts of power- the average person neither could have one nor would want one. I suggest using a series of large plants to serve major industrial electrical needs such as purifying water, powering our homes through the grid and generating hydrogen that can be used in smaller applications.

My opponent has repeatedly suggested that he has not been properly understood. This is perhaps because being inarticulate would be slightly less damaging to his case than acknowledging that his science just isn't sound. (He's also not very good at Sim City, which he apparently things has something to do with either science or government- it doesn't).

The science behind his "hover cars" is sloppy and inefficient. People won't want hover cars when they find out that the freeway can be demagnitized by a hot day, when they find out that their favorite small businesses are going out of business because they can't afford a multi-million dollar magnetic parking lot, when they realize that it wastes several times more energy than traditional vehicles, or when they find out that these cars will handle like a boat running across its own wake because of the constantly shifting upward repulsion/downward attraction on the front and back of the vehicle respectively.

Natural Gas is history. My opponent claims I don't know what it is, yet never showed any understanding himself. The ironic thing? Natural gas is hydrogen essentially. The operative chemical element in that compound, in respect to combustion, is hydrogen- the fuel I suggest using.
In Natural gas, 4 hydrogens are bonded to one carbon. Heat energy from the device being used must be wasted to break that bond before the exothermic bonding of hydrogen and oxygen can take place- it's inefficient, and it generates CO2 as a byproduct. It also happens to be a non-renewable resource, as acknowledged by The Natural Gas Supply Association. The suppliers themselves admit that its not renewable, and my opponent is suggesting that there are local renewable sources all over the place to just tap into. I'd love to see some evidence that we have the ability to capture enough cow farts to power our industrial infrastructure in perpetuity, but I don't see it happening.

On the other hand, we can all see the vast reserve of hydrogen sitting in our oceans, which can be broken down ahead of time using fusion generated power creating only oxygen as a byproduct, then shipped at a higher energy density and thus more efficiently for use as a portable fuel just like natural gas, however it will be more efficient and it need not be limited only to combustion technology.

So much for my opponent's views on transportation.

Then my opponent seems to think that the food problem on our planet is one of needing to eat less french fries. Is it that simple? Can we solve our food concerns by telling the 850 million people who the WHO found to be malnourished from 1999 to 2005 that they need to cut back on fast food? All this time I thought that drought and supply interruptions caused by civil unrest were causing much of the famine in the world, but apparently people are starving to death because they eat too many big macs. Thanks for clearing that up.

Water and energy are the keys to food supply. 70% of our water use is spent on irrigation. Only 2.7% of Earth's water is fresh, and 2/3s of that is in glaciers (link). Surprise surprise then when it turns out that aquifers in many places are becoming dangerously depleted. The eventual result? Famine. It takes about 100,000 liters of water (among other things) to raise a kilogram of beef. The energy efficiency of burning fossil fuels in the process of raising and processing beef is 54:1 input to output. (link)
We can manage the land and the fertilizer at least in the near term (although we will have to begin providing incentives for efficiency, because vegitables fish and chicken are both healthier and significantly more efficient than beef and pork, which is the key to the more distant future) but right now we a source of water and a source of energy that can match any demand. That's fusion and desalination, no doubt about it.

Health and sanitation follow just as naturally. 3 of the top 5 killers in the world are cardiac or vascular in nature- reduced by better nutrition. Another is respritory- potentially improved by clean energy. AIDS is the only of the 5 leading causes of mortality listed by the WHO which won't be helped just by following my earlier proposals.

With a little planning and efficiency, it all comes together beautifully.



posted on May, 18 2007 @ 10:54 PM
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My opponent does not understand how much the physics of science will change within the next fifty years so that he cannot fathom how a hover car which is different than the cars we have today. I have played Sim City and I am good at that game but that is besides the point I was bringing up an example.

My opponent also does not relaize that natural gas and oil can be renewed. My opponent clearly is under the illusion from the Western Media that natural gas and oil are really harming the environment and that they will cause global warming plus that they will release emissions into the air... please, if you are going to talk about global warming, keep in mind that THE EARTHS OIL IS NOT RUNNING OUT.

The process takes place deep within the Earth and stuff that gets under the Earth below the Earths crust will eventually melt because the magma and will turn into Rock oil. According to this link 321energy.com... the Russians know that the Untied States is under the misguided way of thinking that they think that natural gas and oil is running out and cannot be renewed.

Plus, natural gas uses hydrocarbons, and hydrocarbons is one of the most common elements in the Universe. You should read a periodic table. If you read a periodic table you would know that it would appear in the Universe more frequently and it will not run out and once before it runs out here we can get it from other places in the Universe.

What you're saying is what you learn in Elementary school. I know that 2/3rds of the worlds water can be found in Glaciers and that there is only 3% of fresh water in the world and that streams are becoming full with saltwater that I already I know because I PAID ATTENTION IN CLASS IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.

Additionally, my opponent does not realize how the impact of having many plants that would create a grid would affect the country for the long run. My opponent has said before that nuclear fusion and nuclear fission is best... but what if something goes wrong? What if they make an error? What if they don't build it correctly? There are too many random variables for accidents in my opponents equation for success that it won't ever happen.

My opponent does not understand the science behind hovercars. All that would be different about the cars would be that there would be a generator under the Earth that powers the highway with electricity to levitate the cars above the ground and send it to where it needs to go. There is nothing too hard to understand about that. It is not "clumsy".

Plus... I have to say that we can solve all of the worlds hunger by taking money out of the global corporations and then give it to the people. But why won't we be allowed to do that? We'd solve the world's hunger problem instantly! However-- the government, does not want to give money out to those who need it most. Maybe if we solved the worlds hunger problem they would not be intent on spending their money on fast food while the rest of the people in the world are suffering... maybe that they are starving because they do not have some of the services we do in the United States... maybe they do not have as much money as we are... maybe they are starving because too many people are dying each minute and we cannot help all of them.

The world's hunger problem will not be solved immediately, but under my plan, to give money out to the people who need it, it will. Under my plan I believe that the world will be able to live with hapyness, rather than following in the pursuit of it. We have the money. We spend it on war bills. If we stop spending it on useless projects and give our money out gradually over time to those who are in needs... surely they will not say bad things about us in debt, it will increase our diplomatic relations with other countries, and it will get people to stop being starving. Once we do that we can give money to people who want to create small businesses and restaraunts... but they don't do that now because they do not want people to be successful, they would rather take money away from them.

I would love to see a world where our government would give at least $50,000 to every citizen in the nation. I am sure then other countries would follow suit and do the same and then our economy would boom and then people would not need to be starving and they would not be slaves to the system anymore. The system is a monster... and it's gobbling up money from the people who need it most... that they need it to have money for food. That's about as simple as it gets.

That's my $.02.
- maverickhunter





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