Welcome to the pilot debate at Newsvine Next Level.
Show your intellectual acumen by engaging your opponent on an even battlefield, with structured rules in place to ensure a focused, vigorous debate. Punches won't be pulled, but they'll land above the belt - and the goal is for there to be a clear winner. By doing this, in fact, we all win.
The two Newsviners we've selected for this initial exchange are space guy and USA Freedom. They each wrote compelling, thoughtful responses to our first prompts, on the broad topic of climate change. The newly focused topic was proposed and accepted here:
The primary, direct agent for change needs to be the [individual/government] in order to convert our society's current energy consumption model from an unsustainable one to a sustainable one.
Our civilization is inherently limited by the amount of energy we have. I propose that we move, with all dispatch that our civilization can muster, from the hydrocarbon economy to the hydrogen economy. This will involve nuclear power, both uranium and thorium fission as an interim technology, with a move to fusion as the technology matures over the next 50-100 years. Without the move to nuclear for electrical power, and hydrogen as the fuel (derived mostly from electricity), for portable power, our civilization will be inherently limited by the resources of hydrocarbons locked in the Earth.
No one can be effective as an individual as long as the communication and understanding is so muddied by conflicting interests. Simply put, nobody trusts the data. This is why I have pressed for this effort to produce a report. We have had atmospheric scientists on this Vine offer to crunch the numbers with positive results. Faced with the unethical behavior of the climatology leadership it is time to take the effort into our own hands or the hands of scientists from other disciplines to gather and organize the data using the Scientific Method and let the people decide. [...] Government mandates never work so why even try. Governments can spend money but they can't change our hearts and minds.
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The rules of engagement are explained in the first three parent comments.
The first three comments are placeholders as we wait for the opening salvo from Viner A, USA Freedom. Discussion is strongly encouraged, but DO NOT COMMENT ON THE FIRST THREE COMMENT THREADS. They are reserved for the Next Level Debaters. You may begin commenting under #4 and beyond.