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Questions 13-14 are based on the following. The earths [#permalink]
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Questions 13-14 are based on the following. The earths resources are being depleted much too fast. To correct this, the United States must keep its resource consumption at present levels for many years to come.
Q. The argument above depends on which of the following assumptions?
A. Per capita resource consumption in the United States is at an all-time high.
B. The United States wastes resources.
C. The United States uses more resources than any other country.
D. The United States imports most of the resources it uses.
E. Curbing U.S. resource consumption will significantly retard world resource depletion.
How can the answer be E? This question makes little sense unless I am mis-reading the meanings of retarded and curbing.
The stem is concerned with rectifying the quick rate of resource depletion. Based upon Answer choice E, by reducing consumption of resources, US WILL significantly reduce world resource depletion. First issue - Answer choice does not talk about rate of depletion.
Finally, how can this sentence be logicall valid -
To correct high rate of depletion of resources, since "Curbing U.S. resource consumption will significantly retard world resource depletion," US must maintain present levels of resource consumption.
Someone please explain how with the provided OA, can the sentence's conclusion be supported by the assumption.