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i selected A in this: A similar tax in several European countries resulted in a 90% decrease in the number of plastic bags used by consumers each year

though i took a bit longer time to do this question (3 min 16 sec) . i eliminated all the choice other than A and B (C D and E are easy to eliminate) .i was little wary about A initially because many instructors have noticed this trend that if we are talking about the success of certain plan then the option which specifically talks about the success of that same plan in some other region is not credited as answer . but here i feel this should not be the case because the language of B is giving a tinge of a probable failure of the plan.

B says: Current incentives, such as crediting customers 5 or 10 cents for each reusable bag, have resulted in only a small decrease in the number of plastic bags discarded----->so indirectly B is suggesting that financial benefits will yield few results if possible, after all out whole argument is standing on the ground that "financial benefits" will give good results to this plan

i strongly believe that had B been (modified B) : Current incentives, such as crediting customers 5 or 10 cents for each reusable bag, have resulted in large decrease in the number of plastic bags discarded--->then B would have been a contender !!

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honestly there is no scope of such thing with official prep questions .GMAC is always right!! BTW which options were bothering you?


I have a doubt with the option "B" and "A". "B" states that financial incentives have not worked as planned; which is eliminating any alternate solution therefore it strengthens the argument. While option "A" states that just because some pattern occurred in other country the same will happen in the given country; which is totally absurd. We can't compare the shopping habits of a person in India with those of a person in Italy.
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I have come across CR questions in the past where options such as A would be eliminated stating that just because it worked in some country doesn't mean it will work with the country mentioned in the argument. Which is why I eliminated option A.

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Advocate: Millions of plastic shopping bags are discarded every day in the United States. Plastic bags present a problem for the environment because they do not readily decompose, but will remain intact for thousands of years. Policy makers agree that the best solution to the problem is to convince people to bring their own shopping bags so that they do not need disposable plastic bags. Therefore, the U.S. government should implement a tax on disposable plastic bags because this will have the desired effect of dramatically decreasing the number of plastic bags discarded each day in the United States.

Which of the following provides the strongest reason to believe that the plan to levy a tax on disposable plastic bags will be successful in greatly reducing the number of plastic bags being discarded?

(A) A similar tax in several European countries resulted in a 90% decrease in the number of plastic bags used by consumers each year. -Correct. If this move has worked in several countries, then it might prove to be beneficial in the talked about country also.

(B) Current incentives, such as crediting customers 5 or 10 cents for each reusable bag, have resulted in only a small decrease in the number of plastic bags discarded. -We are discussing the implementation of the new tax and not about the old tax.

(C) Some customers are very concerned about the environmental impacts of plastic bags and will bring reusable bags without any financial incentive. -Such people will always be there. We need to concentrate on the majority.

(D) The bill has substantial support with the Congressional delegations of many states and with the current administration. -We are not worried about the support. We need to focus on the reduction in the number of plastic bags because of the implementation of the bill.

(E) The bill could be implemented and the tax collected using a very simple addition to the programming of electronic cash registers. -We are not worried about the collection of tax.
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