Released: Filed Under: NCFCA Policy
About "Energy Pipeline (NEG)"
Case Summary: Energy pipelines (think oil and natural gas) are a fundamental part of our infrastructure that run in the background. Nobody thinks about them and everyone relies on them… until something goes wrong. Cyber threats and physical attack threats are very real, and the Status Quo isn’t adequately prepared. Transportation Security Administration (TSA, the same ones who do such a great job at our airports) are in charge of regulating pipeline safety. They issue “voluntary” guidelines (that’s right, pipelines can ignore them) and don’t have any expertise on the technology or the threats. Experts say we need to move regulatory authority to the Dept. of Energy and make the rules mandatory, not voluntary.
The Negative Team will argue that the TSA is already improving, that budgetary constraints are the real problem, and that mandating regulations will not help and may only make things worse.
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Katherine Baker competed in speech and debate for five years and was blessed with plenty of success, including three consecutive years of qualifying for NITOC in Team-Policy and Parliamentary Debate. She currently coaches Team-Policy at her local club and runs a speech and debate summer camp with other alumni. She has been so blessed by the skills she learned while competing, and seeks to give back to the speech and debate community wherever she can.