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# Antinuclear activist: The closing of the nuclear power plant

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Antinuclear activist: The closing of the nuclear power plant is a victory for the antinuclear cause. It also represents a belated acknowledgment by the power industry that they cannot operate such plants safely.
Nuclear power plant manager: It represents no such thing. The availability of cheap power from nonnuclear sources, together with the cost of mandated safety inspections and safety repairs, made continued operation uneconomic. Thus it was not safety considerations but economic considerations that dictated the plantâ€™s closing.

Which one of the following, if true, most strongly supports the activistâ€™s claim of victory?
(A) The plant had reached the age at which its operating license expired.
(B) The mandate for inspections and repairs mentioned by the manager was recently enacted as a result of pressure from antinuclear groups.
(C) The plant would not have closed if cheap power from nonnuclear sources had not been available.
(D) Per unit of electricity produced, the plant had the highest operating costs of any nuclear power plant.
(E) The plant that closed had been able to provide backup power to an electrical network when parts of the network became overloaded.
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12 Nov 2005, 07:50
B by POE
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12 Nov 2005, 07:55
B) is best...but i think its weak b/c when B) is true the argument of the manager as well as that of the activist can be true.
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12 Nov 2005, 08:06
ronybtl wrote:
Antinuclear activist: The closing of the nuclear power plant is a victory for the antinuclear cause.
Which one of the following, if true, most strongly supports the activistâ€™s claim of victory?
(B) The mandate for inspections and repairs mentioned by the manager was recently enacted as a result of pressure from antinuclear groups.

clearly B.
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12 Nov 2005, 08:37
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12 Nov 2005, 15:15
Let's see.

A. supports managers claim
B. suports activists claim.... so the correct answer
C. again supports managers claim
D. supports managers claim
E. out of scope.

so B it is.
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12 Nov 2005, 15:46
B for me too.
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13 Nov 2005, 05:01
I think it should be 'A'.
The argument does not say ..Expiring of the operating license of the plant has any relation to economics of operating the plant.

What is the OA?
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13 Nov 2005, 16:17
OA is B.

Nakib77: why does answer A sppt manager's claim?
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13 Nov 2005, 23:40
ronybtl wrote:
OA is B.

Nakib77: why does answer A sppt manager's claim?

together with the cost of mandated safety inspections and safety repairs, made continued operation uneconomic.

renewing operating licence actually increases cost of mandated safety inspections and safety repairs, made continued operation uneconomic.

so it supports the managers claim.
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