Persuasive Speech on Oceanic Exploration

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Specific Purpose: To persuade the audience to view oceanic exploration as a valuable undertaking.


I. Opening Statement: Forget about exploring outer space, we should concentrate on something a lot closer that we only know a small fraction about - Earth’s oceans.

II. Central Idea: To show the benefits of Government funded exploration and examination of the oceanic environments across the globe.

III. Credibility Statement: I have gathered information from various online sources and periodicals to illustrate the importance of our undersea environment.

IV. Review: The opportunity and endeavor of exploring the Earth’s oceans can reap great rewards for mankind and unravel many of the mysteries that the Earth has left to discover.

[Transition: Let’s start by examining the cost benefits of exploring the ocean instead of outer space]


I. Oceanic exploration costs a lot less than exploring outer space.

A. You get more bang for the buck!

1. reports the average cost of a space mission is around $450 million.

2. According to the Federal Government approved a budget of $16.6 billion for NASA in 2014. Approximately 1/3 of that will be spent on space exploration.

3. The US Government Accountability Office and its website shows that NASA also gets funding from the Department of Defense (DOD), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA), and US Geologic Survey (USGS) totaling another $19 billion.

4. Figures from 2009 on show that oceanic exploration receives roughly $4 million in federal funding for the National Undersea Research Program (NURP) through NOAA and has no independent agency tasked with a mission of marine exploration.

5. Wikipedia reports the most sophistic...

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... new forms of life on Earth.

III. Clincher: Unless we change the way we view our oceans, jellyfish might be the only seafood on the menu in the near future.


1. NASA, 3/15/2014,

2. - $16.6 Billion NASA Budget Clears House Panel, 3/15/2014,

3. US Government Accountability Office – NASA certification of Funds, 3/16/2014,

4. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – NURP, 3/17/2014,

5. Wikipedia – Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicles, 3/17/2014,

6. TED – David Gallo: Life in the Deep Oceans, 3/24/2014,

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