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2014-2015 NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL
DEBATE TOPIC

Oceans

Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its non-military exploration and/or development of the Earth’s oceans.
Oceans hold 99 percent of the space for Earth’s living organisms; yet many experts argue humans know less about the world's oceans than outer space. This fact solidifies the topic as one which offers an opportunity to examine both U.S. and international law on matters related to the Earth’s ocean resources. In early 2012, the National Ocean Council drafted an Implementation Plan to translate President Obama's National Policy for the Stewardship of the Ocean. The document indicates a readiness by the U.S. government to address oceanic exploration and development policies in the areas of marine planning, coastal communities, commercial fishing, agriculture and energy. Possible affirmative cases would include reducing overfishing, limiting ocean acidification, conducting disease research, restricting invasive species and decreasing ocean dumping. Other affirmatives could deal with changes in Arctic shipping routes or opportunities for oil and natural gas exploration. Negative positions can focus on international issues, especially with China or Russia, in regard to control of the Exclusive Economic Zone of oceans. Some negatives might take the route of environmental challenges or threats that development might encounter. Additionally, there is a wealth of negative information focusing on the burden additional exploration or development would place on the U.S. economy.

 

 

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