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# Beverage company representative: The plastic rings that hold

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Beverage company representative: The plastic rings that hold [#permalink]  11 Sep 2010, 03:00
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Beverage company representative: The plastic rings that hold six-packs of beverage cans together pose a threat to wild animals, which often become entangled in the discarded rings and suffocate as a result. Following our lead, all beverage companies will soon use only those rings consisting of a new plastic that disintegrates after only three days’ exposure to sunlight. Once we all complete the switchover from the old to the new plastic rings, therefore, the threat of suffocation that plastic rings pose to wild animals will be eliminated.

Which one of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the representative’s argument?
(A) The switchover to the new plastic rings will take at least two more years to complete.
(B) After the beverage companies have switched over to the new plastic rings, a substantial number of the old plastic rings will persist in most aquatic and woodland environments.
(C) The new plastic rings are slightly less expensive than the old rings.
(D) The new plastic rings rarely disintegrate during shipping of beverage six-packs because most trucks that transport canned beverages protect their cargo from sunlight.
(E) The new plastic rings disintegrate into substances that are harmful to aquatic animals when ingested in substantial quantities by them.
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Re: Beverage company representative: The plastic rings that hold [#permalink]  28 Sep 2012, 12:03
Beverage company representative: The plastic rings that hold six-packs of beverage cans together pose a threat to wild animals, which often become entangled in the discarded rings and suffocate as a result. Following our lead, all beverage companies will soon use only those rings consisting of a new plastic that disintegrates after only three days’ exposure to sunlight. Once we all complete the switchover from the old to the new plastic rings, therefore, the threat of suffocation that plastic rings pose to wild animals will be eliminated.

Which one of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the representative’s argument?
(A) The switchover to the new plastic rings will take at least two more years to complete. The last line says the threat of suffocation will be eliminated once switchover is complete
(B) After the beverage companies have switched over to the new plastic rings, a substantial number of the old plastic rings will persist in most aquatic and woodland environments.weakens the conclusion because the option states that even after switch over, the persisting old plastic rings will still pose the danger of suffocation
(C) The new plastic rings are slightly less expensive than the old rings. OOS
(D) The new plastic rings rarely disintegrate during shipping of beverage six-packs because most trucks that transport canned beverages protect their cargo from sunlight. when disintegration takes place is not a question
(E) The new plastic rings disintegrate into substances that are harmful to aquatic animals when ingested in substantial quantities by them. question is about threat from suffocation not because of ingestion of substances
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Re: Plastic Ring [#permalink]  11 Sep 2010, 03:15
Between B and E, I would choose B
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Re: Plastic Ring [#permalink]  11 Sep 2010, 03:18
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Beverage company representative: The plastic rings that hold six-packs of beverage cans together pose a threat to wild animals, which often become entangled in the discarded rings and suffocate as a result. Following our lead, all beverage companies will soon use only those rings consisting of a new plastic that disintegrates after only three days’ exposure to sunlight. Once we all complete the switchover from the old to the new plastic rings, therefore, the threat of suffocation that plastic rings pose to wild animals will be eliminated.

Which one of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the representative’s argument?
(A) The switchover to the new plastic rings will take at least two more years to complete. This option was a strong contender but it does not mention whether the switchover will completely resolve the issue or not.
(B) After the beverage companies have switched over to the new plastic rings, a substantial number of the old plastic rings will persist in most aquatic and woodland environments. If this is true then even after switchover , the threat of suffocation will prevail. Hence the correct answer.
(C) The new plastic rings are slightly less expensive than the old rings. Irrelevant
(D) The new plastic rings rarely disintegrate during shipping of beverage six-packs because most trucks that transport canned beverages protect their cargo from sunlight. Irrelevant
(E) The new plastic rings disintegrate into substances that are harmful to aquatic animals when ingested in substantial quantities by them. Talks only about aquatic animals

I would say the answer is B.
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Re: Plastic Ring [#permalink]  11 Sep 2010, 03:21
B IT IS
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Re: Plastic Ring [#permalink]  11 Sep 2010, 10:01
I pick B as the answer choice . I guess D is pretty close as it talks about disintegration during shipping. I eliminated D because stem talks about disintegration in general and not during any particular process .
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Re: Plastic Ring [#permalink]  11 Sep 2010, 10:22
I too picked B. Had to choose between B and E and choice B eventually won.
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Re: Plastic Ring [#permalink]  11 Sep 2010, 12:52
I chose E.
B speaks only abt short term solution...But E says only about short term consequences. BUt E says that fixing the problem will lead to another problem....
If E is wrong can anyone explain me Y B is correct?
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Re: Plastic Ring [#permalink]  11 Sep 2010, 20:46
OA is B indeed.
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Re: Plastic Ring [#permalink]  13 Sep 2010, 00:13
was bit confused but picked B
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Re: Plastic Ring [#permalink]  13 Sep 2010, 02:39
B it is.
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Re: Plastic Ring [#permalink]  16 Sep 2010, 05:57
+1 for B
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Re: Plastic Ring [#permalink]  01 Apr 2011, 18:31
The reason why B is right and E is wrong is that the clonclusion says ""Once we all complete the switchover from the old to the new plastic rings, therefore, the threat of suffocation that plastic rings pose to wild animals will be eliminated.

that means the threat to suffocation that plastic rings pose to wild animals will be eliminated once the shift from old to new is done.

Now B says After the beverage companies have switched over to the new plastic rings, a substantial number of the old plastic rings will persist in most aquatic and woodland environments ,that means the switch will still add to suffocation for animals.

Now E says The new plastic rings disintegrate into substances that are harmful to aquatic animals when ingested in substantial quantities by them. Here it says ingested whereas we are talking about suffocation.

I hope it helos.Let me know if you have further doubts in this question
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Re: Plastic Ring [#permalink]  02 Apr 2011, 09:56
B
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Re: Plastic Ring [#permalink]  02 Apr 2011, 22:00
E is wrong because it dose not relate to suffocation.

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Re: Plastic Ring [#permalink]  03 Apr 2011, 21:11
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Re: Plastic Ring [#permalink]  04 Apr 2011, 15:40
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Re: Beverage company representative: The plastic rings that hold [#permalink]  27 Sep 2012, 07:42
Answer choice E does not weaken the idea that the new rings will eliminate the threat of suffocation to wild animals.

So what if these things disintegrate and are somewhat poisonous/harmful to aquatic animals when they are ingested. We care about the suffocation issue.
Re: Beverage company representative: The plastic rings that hold   [#permalink] 27 Sep 2012, 07:42
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