Two years ago, the cost of the raw material used in a particular product doubled after an earthquake disrupted production in the region where the material is mined. Since that time, the company that makes the product has seen its profit margins decline steadily. Aiming to improve profit margins, the company's head of engineering has decided that he must find a new source for the raw material.
Which of the following, if true, would cast the most doubt on the validity of the head of engineering's decision?
a. New competitors have entered the market every six months for the past two years, resulting in price wars that have progressively driven down revenues across the market.
b. Although the earthquake occurred two years ago, the region's mines have still not recovered to pre-earthquake production capacity.
c. There are several other regions in the world where the raw material is mined, but those regions do not produce as much of the raw material as the current source region.
d. The company could use a completely different raw material to make its product.
e. Earthquakes are common in the region where the material is mined, which tends to have an earthquake once every 5 years, on average.
Source: MGMAT CAT 3