Hester and Odekirk Discuss Debate History and the Topic Process

Dr. Michael Hester, Dean of the Honors College and Director of Debate at the University of West Georgia, returns to react to the 2012 Energy Topic Meetings with Critical Issues in Debate host Scott Odekirk. Hester participated very closely in this year’s Topic Committee Meeting, making the crucial “cake analogy” that would move the process along on day 2. This conversation includes who Hester thought the ‘gold standard’ of debate was when he first started competing, the history of energy topics, a proposal to improve the topic process, and Hester’s preferences on the 2012 Topic Wording Ballot.

Listen to the podcast by using the audio player below or download by clicking this link: hester topic 2012

The following is the 2012 Topic Wording Ballot:

1.   Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially reduce restrictions on, and/or substantially increase financial incentives for, energy production in the United States of one or more of the following: coal, crude oil, natural gas, nuclear power.

2.   Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially reduce restrictions on, and/or substantially increase financial incentives for, energy production in the United States of one or more of the following: coal, crude oil, natural gas, nuclear power, solar power, wind power.

3.   Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially reduce restrictions on, and/or substantially increase grants, direct loans, loan guarantees, and/or tax incentives for, energy production in the United States of one or more of the following: coal, crude oil, natural gas, nuclear power.

4.   Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially reduce restrictions on, and/or substantially increase grants, direct loans, loan guarantees, and/or tax incentives for, energy production in the United States of one or more of the following: coal, crude oil, natural gas, nuclear power, solar power, wind power.

5.   Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially increase energy production in the United States via one or more of the following: a substantial reduction of statutory and/or regulatory restrictions on the production of crude oil, natural gas, and/or nuclear power; a substantial increase in grants, direct loans, loan guarantees, and/or tax incentives for electric power generation from coal, natural gas, nuclear power and/or renewable energy sources.

6.   Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially increase energy production in the United States via one or more of the following: a substantial reduction of statutory and/or regulatory restrictions on the production of crude oil, natural gas, and/or nuclear power; a substantial increase in financial incentives for electric power generation from coal, natural gas, nuclear power, and/or renewable energy sources.

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    Will there be another nontraditional debate video coming from the GDI? I enjoyed the last one and was hoping to see another.

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