Debate focuses on green regulations

Nolasco Pesina
Staff Writer

Powerful words, knowledge and different points of view filled the President’s Dining Room on Oct. 28 during a debate put on by the University’s debate team for the Hot Spots lecture series.

With global warming of great international concern, many counties and states are beginning to enforce green regulations.

Along with these green regulations, new jobs will come and some current jobs will become obsolete.

“There is more than one perspective to every issue, there is even more than two and you have to understand and respect the other point of views,” debate team member Aaron Zamora said.

The event was an open debate – open to anyone who wanted to attend, give their input and get answers to questions they had about the information said in the debate.

“We encourage people to come out and debate,” Ryan Mansell, another member of the debate team, said. “With these public debates you get a lot of different perspectives and it is always more than two.”

The debate had members arguing for and against a greener economy.

The students who argued against said that if businesses changed regulations for the environment during the current economy they would take too much of a hit. No one is buying their product and in order to meet the requirements set by the government, companies are forced to lay off employees in order to maintain profit margins and survive.

“Sometimes we have to play devil’s advocate,” said Sam French, another debater. “All the sides of every issue have merits, which makes issues difficult.”

The group who took the environmentalist side argued that changing regulations would not only create a better environment but also stimulate the economy.

The debaters said it would be a domino effect.

“When we run out of black resources, then there go the jobs,” Zamora said.

With going green, those jobs will become jobs with better resources, which means there is money in the green market.

With unemployment levels being so low it is easier to make the switch right now.

Another aspect of this debate was the open floor that allowed the crowd to have a chance to voice their opinions on what was said.

Once the floor was opened, the idea that had the most impact was about how in developing countries families are out of work and they don’t care about going green, they care about eating.

“They did a good job. It is tough to argue (both sides) but they made some good points,” said Jerome Garcia, associate professor of biology.

“People sometimes take their views for granted and we’re just trying to inform people to make their own decisions,” Zamora said

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