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Certain oil companies have been called poor corporate citizens because they have opposed government action to limit global warming by undermining scientific research that characterizes the issue as severe. However, these same oil companies have also invested millions of dollars in scientific research to address the long term effects of climate change.

Which of the following best explains the apparent discrepancy in the situation described above?

A. The oil companies only recently began investing in scientific research to address climate change issues.
B. The research dollars invested by the oil companies are specifically earmarked for developing practical technologies that might be used to combat global warming.
C. The government action opposed by the oil companies would negatively impact their profits.
D. The scientific research that characterizes global warming as a severe problem has not been definitively proven.
E. The oil companies don't believe that any scientific research related to climate change will ultimately serve their interests.

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10 Oct 2009, 21:29
IMO D.
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10 Oct 2009, 21:32
Only D looks reasonable.
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11 Oct 2009, 10:23
IMO also D..OA pls..
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11 Oct 2009, 14:43
I went with D as well - this one is a toughie

OA is B

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This choice provides a motive for companies to invest in global warming research. If the research is specifically geared at developing technologies used to combat global warming, this research represents a long-term strategy for finding new ways for the companies to profit. This is in contrast with the research that the oil companies oppose - research focused on the severity and immediacy of the issue, a focus which might lead to government action that could have a negative impact on the profitability of the oil companies in the short term.
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14 Oct 2013, 16:45
hogann wrote:
I went with D as well - this one is a toughie

OA is B

Explained by -
This choice provides a motive for companies to invest in global warming research. If the research is specifically geared at developing technologies used to combat global warming, this research represents a long-term strategy for finding new ways for the companies to profit. This is in contrast with the research that the oil companies oppose - research focused on the severity and immediacy of the issue, a focus which might lead to government action that could have a negative impact on the profitability of the oil companies in the short term.

Really? I went with C on this one. But I guess there's no use in explaining my faulty logic
I'm surprised though about this reasoning, for me there are a lot of assumptions implied in that answered.
Hope that GMAT questions are a bit less ambiguous than this one.
Good question though,
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