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Can we live without oil?
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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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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.



[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.


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