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Persuasive Speech: Solar Power

1975 words - 8 pages

Specific Purpose Statement: To persuade my audience that that solar power should become the main form of alternative energy in the Unites States.

Attention Getter: Let’s look ahead fifty years and see what the world is like. Imagine a world that is in total war with no end in sight. The cause behind this war is simple, oil. Everyone is fighting over those last few reserves of oil. How can this future be prevented? The answer is solar power.

Claim: Solar power has the potential to become the United States main supply of energy and replace are needs for more conventional and harmful forms of power generation.

Significance: The United States must face the fact that the world is running out of oil and with today’s rising oil prices, economic and political instability in regions where the United States gets the majority of its oil, this country must begin looking into alternative means of energy to replace oil and end our dependence on foreign powers.

Preview: Today I will discuss the potential that solar power has to become this country’s main supply of energy and the latest research that can make solar power more efficient and cost effective. I will also present the environmental benefits that come with using solar power over other and more harmful forms of energy.


I. With the world’s supply of oil running dry the Unites States must begin looking into new sources of energy, and the most promising is solar power.
A. Scientists predict that in the next several decades the world will run out of oil. According to the article How Fast is the World Running out of Crude Oil by Umut Newbury accessed from the EBSCO Host database states that “world oil production outside of the Middle East is predicted to peak in 2023; if Middle East oil is factored in, the estimated peak is 2040”.

B. With the grim forecast of the world’s future oil supply on the horizon, solar power could replace conventional forms of power generation. According to the article Solar Power Can Help Fuel the Future by Glenn Hamer found on the Gale Opposing Viewpoint database states “The forecast for solar energy in the twenty-first century is sunny. Solar will push the trend of safe, affordable, and reliable distributed energy. As we head deeper into the new century, some predict that the electricity system may come to resemble the Internet—with disparate points and no one center of activity. In such a system, photovoltaics integrated into building roofs and windows will be a key component. Especially in the Southwest, concentrating solar power (CSP) stations will provide a significant percentage of the energy"

C. Solar Power is also becoming more cost effective and in the next few years it will be just as cheap to produce electricity from solar power as it will from more traditional sources such as...

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