This post is for the unfortunate UC-Davis students have been assigned the task of arguing against the peripheral canal for tomorrow's final exam in the Delta Solutions course taught by the PPIC/UC-Davis team. You may be panicing and googling "con peripheral canal" arguments since your instructors have not prepared you for this assignment with their one-sided, self-indulgent reading list of nothing but their own reports. In fact, according to the syllabus, they have even taught you to mock anyone who questions their expert analysis, which supports the controversial peripheral canal.
1.On Mondays, 4:10-6pm, 60 minute presentation by an expert, followed by a discussion. In the discussion, students will act as members of a narrow interest group and ask the speaker ridiculous questions.
In the debate, my advice is to simply say that it is irresponsible to spend over $10 billion on a controversial infrastructure project without a proper cost-benefit analysis. If your opponents cite the PPIC study, you can add that this study did not follow established scientific methods of cost-benefit analysis, used its own unvetted methodology that is biased towards building expensive infrastructure, and contains some serious errors of fact.
If you don't receive an A, complain to the Dean.