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Despite the approach of winter, oil prices to industrial [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2008, 19:22
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Despite the approach of winter, oil prices to industrial customers are exceptionally low this year and likely to remain so. Therefore, unless the winter is especially severe, the price of natural gas to industrial customers is also likely to remain low.

Which of the following, if true, provides the most support for the conclusion above?

A Long-term weather forecasts predict a mild winter.
B The industrial users who consume most natural gas can quickly and cheaply switch to using oil instead.
C The largest sources of supply for both oil and natural gas are in subtropical regions unlikely to be affected by winter weather.
D The fuel requirements of industrial users of natural gas are not seriously affected by the weather.
E Oil distribution is more likely to be affected by severe winter weather than is the distribution of natural gas.
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Re: CR oil and gas [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2008, 19:29
IMO B
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Re: CR oil and gas [#permalink] New post 03 Sep 2008, 20:02
arorag wrote:
IMO B


Agree. Oil vs. Natural gas in terms of usage should be related...
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Re: CR oil and gas [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2008, 00:20
Agree with B.

We are looking for an answer, which confirms the correlation between the price of oil and the price of gas. B is the only one.
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Re: CR oil and gas [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2008, 00:33
Why C cannot be the answer? This also confirms low price of natural gas.

What is the OA?
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Re: CR oil and gas [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2008, 00:50
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Why C cannot be the answer? This also confirms low price of natural gas.

What is the OA?


C points out that the supply of oil and gas will not be disrupted by winter. This is not relevant to the argument, firstly because winter could, for example, have an effect on the demand. Second, the passage clearly states that this year winter does not have an effect on the price of oil, although in most cases it should. So, we are looking at some explanation that is not related to winter.
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Re: CR oil and gas [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2008, 13:13
A Long-term weather forecasts predict a mild winter. [ Has no effect on the prices to industrial customers]

B The industrial users who consume most natural gas can quickly and cheaply switch to using oil instead. [ Hold it]

C The largest sources of supply for both oil and natural gas are in subtropical regions unlikely to be affected by winter weather. [Irrelevant – no correlation with Weather and price ]

D The fuel requirements of industrial users of natural gas are not seriously affected by the weather. [ With this choice we need to stretch the argument that Fuel requirements causes the prices to go up – and nothing in the argument that alludes to it ]

E Oil distribution is more likely to be affected by severe winter weather than is the distribution of natural gas. [But this is opposite of what argument is concluding]

B for me!
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OA is B.

I agree with the OA and I got it right ; but I have observed that GMAT does not want is to think too much in CR questions .. and if we think to much we assume some things and the end up providing wrong answers..but in this question we had to do some assumptions :

industrial users who consume most natural gas can quickly and cheaply switch to using oil

Despite the approach of winter, oil prices to industrial customers are exceptionally low this year and likely to remain so. Therefore, unless the winter is especially severe, the price of natural gas to industrial customers is also likely to remain low.

to join the two, it should go like..industrial users swith to oil.. so demand for natural gas will decrease.. which will decrease ( or maintain the same price ) of natural gas ..

this requires assumption that we have adequate supply of oil + natural gas supply will not decrease etc.. too much of thinking.. unlike GMAT CR

Do you guys agree ?
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Re: CR oil and gas [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2008, 22:53
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Despite the approach of winter, oil prices to industrial customers are exceptionally low this year and likely to remain so. Therefore, unless the winter is especially severe, the price of natural gas to industrial customers is also likely to remain low.

Which of the following, if true, provides the most support for the conclusion above?

A Long-term weather forecasts predict a mild winter.
B The industrial users who consume most natural gas can quickly and cheaply switch to using oil instead.
C The largest sources of supply for both oil and natural gas are in subtropical regions unlikely to be affected by winter weather.
D The fuel requirements of industrial users of natural gas are not seriously affected by the weather.
E Oil distribution is more likely to be affected by severe winter weather than is the distribution of natural gas.


Clearly states B
Witrh approach of severe winter oil prices remain low and NG prices are high ,hence B which states industries should switch rightly supports !!!
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