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Debates by Category: Energy

December 2, 2011

Solar Energy Plants Deserve More U.S. Land

The U.S. should appropriate more federal lands for building solar power plants. Pro or con?

October 5, 2011

Nuclear Reactors: Keep Building ‘Em

While accidents grab headlines, they are in truth, few and far between. Nuclear power is the safest, best hope for reducing the pollution caused by fossil fuels. Pro or con?

June 9, 2010

Keep the EPA Strong on Carbon Emissions

Congress should vote no on Senator Lisa Murkowski’s (R-Alaska) resolution of disapproval (S.J. Res 26), which would limit the EPA’s authority to regulate carbon emissions from businesses such as oil companies. Pro or con?

March 25, 2010

Smart Meters: Not So Brainy

The government’s investment in smart meters—to help monitor and regulate energy consumption in homes—is a waste of money. Pro or con?

August 25, 2008

Eco-Restrictions Cap Oil Production

Environmentalists are to blame for reducing the U.S. oil supply. Pro or con?
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August 11, 2008

Oil Prices: Blame Speculators

Unrestricted speculation is what’s really responsible for the wild swings in oil prices, hurting motorists and economies the world over. Pro or Con?

May 22, 2008

Tap the Strategic Petroleum Reserve

Now that the price of oil has hit $135 a barrel, President Bush’s decision to stop adding to the SPR isn’t enough. The U.S. should deploy it to reduce prices. Pro or con?

October 31, 2007

Ethanol: Inequity for Farmers

The spike in farmland prices precipitated by ethanol production and speculation will squeeze out growers of grain and vegetables other than corn. Pro or con?

April 30, 2007

Nuclear Power: A Bad Reaction

Thanks to new evidence showing nuclear energy as more of a polluter than previously thought, the U.S. should reconsider approval for new plants. Pro or con?

March 14, 2007

Fill Up Without Terror

The Terror-Free Oil Initiative has just opened the first "terror-free" gas station, in Omaha. Its mission—preventing the financing of anti-American violence by refusing to buy oil from the Middle East—makes sense for the U.S. Pro or con?

February 1, 2007

Ethanol: Too Much Hype—and Corn

Ethanol enjoys subsidies from Congress and has upped corn prices. The rush to alternative fuels has been unwisely skewed to this one industry. Pro or con?

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