Competitive debate has, and continues to be, a huge part of my life.
In college, we had one topic that we debated all year long. The two-person format dictated that one person affirmed the topic while the other, you guessed it, negated.
My freshman year, the topic was “the United States Federal Government should adopt a policy to significantly increase the production of energy from renewable sources.”
The question at hand seemed pretty straight-forward: Should we promote the production of renewable energy?
I had prepped for every possible case combination. Whether it was wind, solar, thermal heat or methane gas, I was ready. Or so I thought . . . until my opponent advocated hugs.