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  • What is the best alternative power to fossil fuels?

    One thing I did not see on the poll, but might be interesting, is what if we used electric power? Take for instance Tesla, which is currently manufacturing electric cars. At the rate we are running out of gas, Tesla could have the power to shape the automobile industry based on consumer needs. Also, electricity can be stored in large quantities and can be taken from solar and water energy through dams and solar panals. 
    The discussion is about what method is best to generate electrical power.  Teslas have to be plugged into the electrical grid to charge.  The question is what method is pest to power the electrical grid.  According to the most recent figures available, the grid is powered by;
    • Natural gas = 33.8%
    • Coal = 30.4%
    • Nuclear = 19.7%
    • Renewables (total) = 14.9%
      • Hydropower = 6.5%
      • Wind = 5.6%
      • Biomass = 1.5%
      • Solar  = 0.9%
      • Geothermal = 0.4%
    • Petroleum = 0.6%
    • Other gases = 0.3%
    • Other nonrenewable sources = 0.3%
    • Pumped storage hydroelectricity = -0.2%4
    https://www.eia.gov/tools/faqs/faq.php?id=427&t=3

    As you can see, Teslas are really powered primarily by natural gas and coal.  Tesla fills a niche market, nothing more.  Their products are priced well outside of the range of the typical consumer, and most people won't want to wait 9.5 to 52 hours to recharge their car in lieu of a 5 minute stop at a gas station.

    PowerPikachu21
  • Hate Speech is not Free Speech

    The concept of free speech, means that all types of expressions and opinions should be allowed without any repercussion from the government. It is important to note that things like shouting fire in a crowded theater, liable, or slander are not protected under the concept of free speech, as these uses of speech do not express an opinion, which is completely what free speech is about.

    Hate speech ought to be protected under the first amendment, As repulsive and disgusting certain speech can be, it is important we do not leave it up to big brother to decide what is acceptable and what is not. Currently in Europe and Canada, they do not have a right to free speech, which has already lead to negative outcomes.

    For example Europe has two main regulations on speech, which are countering the spreading of terrorism, and protection of minorities from hatred or potential hate crimes. On the surface, most people would probably say this sounds alright, however when put in practice, it is shown to often infringe on the right of citizens to express themselves. Recently in Spain a two man puppet group have been indited on charges of "glorifying terrorism", due to them performing a puppet show, featuring a landlord, a witch and a squatter, which theme in small part satirically revolved around terrorism. The reason these specific pieces of legislation are being passed, result from fear of recent terrorist attacks in Europe, however this is exactly what the terrorist want. It is only in a jihadists best interests, that foreign governments try to suppress any material, content, or speech, that even slightly resembles Islam. These laws are recruiting gold for groups like ISIS and Al Qaeda. 

    SilverishGoldNova
  • Hate Speech

    The debate about hate speech has been getting more traction in recent political climate. Not much needs to be said on the topic except on important stipulation:
    This debate is on philosophy not policy. That meaning: Citing an excerpt from the constitution, or a piece of legislation has no meaning. The debate should purely be about the resolution that Hate Speech is not encompassed philosophically in free speech.
    aarong
  • Another Question for Anti-Science Atheists

    @Schnuupi

    What "accurate" answer was given and how to you know it was "accurate"?
    WilliamSchulz
  • Can driverless cars become a reality?

    I  don't think that driverless cars can fully replace the current trend as it is very dangerous because a computer can malfunction any moment and any time. Tests have shown the results to be negative so far in the developed nations of the world. As far as the developing nations are concerne, it is very difficult to have that kind of infrastructrure conducive to driverless cars.
    priyanka
  • Should we celebrate Thanksgiving?

    Thanksgiving is a great holiday, but.....lets think about the history of the Holiday.  Essentially, Native Americans welcomed Pilgrims and then we brutally exterminated them and took their land.  We now celebrate the holiday, as we are the winners in this whole thing, but not sure if it was fair to the Native Americans.
    Since the holiday was essentially based on eventual genocide, maybe celebrating it isn't the best idea.
    priyanka
  • Should Donald Trump be Impeached?

    Personally, I would say no, but here are some possible structure points for an open debate:

    (Affirmative) Want Trump to be impeached: Use Russia ties, Puerto Rico crisis, Twitter Posts: etc. 
    (Negative) Don't want Trump impeached: Defend 1st amendment rights, declare lack of evidence, state Trump's pros, etc.

    Please be kind and considerate, and I will be making posts as well to keep the argument moving. Thanks for your time!
    northsouthkoreaSilverishGoldNova
  • The earth is flat

    @Erfisflat you freely admit that you "know" what you know from google research. Somehow you trust that more than you trust peer reviewed science. So tell me what you know that you didn't get from a website or a book...

    Math doesn't change the difficulty of comprehending something so vast. A mile sure, maybe even a few miles, 25,000 of them? 671 million miles per hour? Naw too much to wrap your head around unless you use science like math. That allows you to conceptualize things, and then put them in logical order. 

    As far as the pythagorean theorem I don't really care, but a quick google search says it's roughly 8 inches per mile, or 80 inches for 10 miles. And no I don't "know" my own model, nor do I really care to, this topic isn't that interesting to me. It is however interesting how BAD you are at science. 

    You gonna continue to ignore refutes of your BS? I get it man, you are use to BSing your way through this, and I just keep calling out your BS... 
    ErfisflatSilverishGoldNova
  • Should we celebrate Thanksgiving?

    I will argue agaisnt it.  I love the tradition, but don't like the fact that it's based on eventual genocide of Native Americans.  Would they welcome us at that time knowing what we did to them and their subsequent generations?
    Nope
  • Should Donald Trump be Impeached?

    Personally, I would say no, but here are some possible structure points for an open debate:

    (Affirmative) Want Trump to be impeached: Use Russia ties, Puerto Rico crisis, Twitter Posts: etc. 
    (Negative) Don't want Trump impeached: Defend 1st amendment rights, declare lack of evidence, state Trump's pros, etc.

    Please be kind and considerate, and I will be making posts as well to keep the argument moving. Thanks for your time!
    northsouthkoreaSilverishGoldNova

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