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Summary: Final round topics go deep into Trump’s new tax plan. Other topics include intergovernmental cooperation, NATO dialogue with Russia, Boeing, and much more!
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Throughout California, wildfires have been spreading rapidly. In Southern California, a fire in the counties of Ventura and Santa Barbara has been burning for three weeks, setting the historical record for largest fire. Northern California was impacted in October by fires that destroyed much of wine country. Efforts to contain the fires have been minimally effective, and damage control has been limited.
Massive smoke pollution has created a new air quality crisis for the state. The government of California had previously laid out plans to reduce carbon emissions by 40% by 2040. This goal has been set back by wildfire smoke.
Additionally, major health risks have increased significantly. According to a public health officer in Santa Barbara, anywhere from 20 to 50 individuals have checked in to county clinics each day for respiratory conditions due to smoke. Particulate matter, carbon, ozone, trace gases, air toxins, mercury, and other chemicals all pose a threat to the public during wildfires. Attempts to mitigate these health effects bring new light to the issue of air pollution in California.
Final round topics go deep into Trump’s new tax plan. Other topics include intergovernmental cooperation, NATO dialogue with Russia, Boeing, and much more!
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Rachel Donka competed in NCFCA and Stoa for 6 years. Over the course of her competitive years, she participated in 12 different speech events and three styles of debate, ranking highly on the national level. Her NITOC victories include 1st in Lincoln-Douglas, 2nd in Parli, 3rd in extemp, and 2nd in overall national ranking in 2016.