Argumentative Essay: South Africa Should Stop Using Alternative Energy

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Good morning chairperson, timekeeper, opposing team and audience. The topic of today 's debate is South Africa should stop using coal to generate electricity and start using alternative energy sources.

We on the positive team agree with the definition given that South Africa should stop using coal to generate electricity because coal is a flammable black hard rock thats contains 65% carbon dioxide.This means that when burning this rock, it releases all the carbon dioxide into the environment.Using coal energy is bad because the impact of this fossil fuel on our health and our atmosphere is one dirty, expensive proposition. Coal emits more carbon per unit of energy than oil, and 80 percent more than natural gas. It accounts for 43 percent of global emissions.

But the question is, how did it come to south africa using coal to generate energy in the first?
Well,in South Africa we produce about 34 000 megawatts of electricity to meet current demand and this figure is growing year by year. The rising demand for energy from our growing population has led to the increasing amount of fossil fuels being used.The most economical method available to us is to use our abundant supplies of low-quality coal in Mpumalanga and the
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Coal has traditionally dominated the energy supply sector in South Africa, from as early as 1880 when coal from the Vereeniging area was supplied to the Kimberley diamond fields. Presently, about 77% of our country 's primary energy needs are provided by coal. All of us want an affordable and reliable energy source which we can only get by using coal energy. Although using coal energy is significant for us and living without it would become impossible, we should always open our minds to the damage the continuous use of coal energy will eventually bring to us and to our

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