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Can we live without oil? Show more Show less

Oil is a big part of society. It’s used to power cars and produce energy. Although the world relies on oil, oil has a negative rap. When burned, oil creates carbon dioxide. Global warming and the degradation of the global environment is caused by excessive carbon dioxide emissions. Would it be better if society stopped using oil or is it so reliant on oil that it would be too risky to get rid of it?

No, we can’t live without oil Show more Show less

Oil is the backbone of the global energy supply, and many of its by-products are irreplaceable.
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We cannot supply the world’s energy needs without oil

Getting rid of oil would be an inconvenience for the world. Oil makes up a good portion of energy production. Taking it out of the world system would mean economic degradation.
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Context

The Argument

Replacing oil would be an inconvenience to society. In 2018, $2.18 trillion worth of oil was consumed globally.[1] Since most of the world is powered by oil in some way, taking it out would cripple the globe.

Counter arguments

Sacrificing the need for comfort with oil will be worth it. Oil is a fossil fuel that, when burned, causes global warming by producing excessive amounts of carbon dioxide.[2] It would be better to keep the planet healthy than have global financial health.

Framing

Premises

[P1] Over $2.18 trillion of oil is consumed globally. [P2] Replacing oil would cripple society.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P2] Replacing oil would benefit the planet and ultimately the human race.

Proponents

Further Reading

References

  1. https://oilprice.com/Energy/Crude-Oil/How-Much-Crude-Oil-Has-The-World-Really-Consumed.html
  2. https://theglobalclimate.net/carbon-dioxide/

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