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# The earth s resources are being depleted much too fast. To

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The earthâ€™s 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.

1. 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.

2. Which of the following, if true, would most strengthen the argument above?

(A) New resource deposits are constantly being discovered.
(B) The United States consumes one-third of all resources used in the world.
(C) Other countries need economic development more than the United States does.
(D) Other countries have agreed to hold their resource consumption at present levels.
(E) The United States has been conserving resources for several years.
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1) E, because it are the earth's ressources we talk about. Without E we can't conclude that maintaining US consumption of ressources will correct the depletion.

2) B, the fact that US consumption consumes one-third strengthens the claim.
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1) E, because it are the earth's ressources we talk about. Without E we can't conclude that maintaining US consumption of ressources will correct the depletion.

2) B, the fact that US consumption consumes one-third strengthens the claim.

Used the same reasoning.

E, B it is
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D ) The United States imports most of the resources it uses. { So, its not using its own not resources }

and
E) The United States has been conserving resources for several years. { Assumption for above answer }
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cool_jonny009 wrote:
D ) The United States imports most of the resources it uses. { So, its not using its own not resources }

and
E) The United States has been conserving resources for several years. { Assumption for above answer }

Jonny, I feel that you got the questions inverted
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My asweres are

1. E The only one for which tha argument fails when denial is applied.

2. D. If all other countries have agreed then inly the US has to keep consumption constant for conclusion to be true.

I believe that for an "if true" statement we have to take the statement at face value.
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my reasoning for B not being true is that there might be an other country that might consume 1/2 the resources.. if that was true then us controlling consumption will not help.
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btw what is the OA
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btw what is the OA
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sperumba wrote:
btw what is the OA

E , B

Well if other country uses 1/2 of the resources,still US can contribute to 1/3 part of the resources.which is a big enough number.. Wouldnt that reasoning be ok?
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1. (E) If the US maintains current consumption levels while the population continues to grow, then a "curbing effect" will have an impact on global supply.

2. (B) 1/3 sure is disproportionately high for a country that only has 6% of the world`s population.
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OA is
E
B
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Late but with E and B also
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Re: The earth s resources are being depleted much too fast. To [#permalink]  22 Aug 2013, 01:21
For second question,

confused between B and D.

Thanks,
Jai
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