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# Asbestos, an almost indestructible mineral once installed as building

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Asbestos, an almost indestructible mineral once installed as building insulation, poses no health risk unless the asbestos is disturbed and asbestos fibers are released into the environment. Since removing asbestos from buildings disturbs it, thereby releasing asbestos fibers, the government should not require removal of all asbestos insulation.
Which one of the following, if true, most strengthens the argument?
(A) Asbestos poses far less risk to health than does smoking, drug and alcohol abuse, improper diet or lack of exercise.
(B) Asbestos can post a health threat to workers who remove it without wearing required protective gear.
(C) Some kinds of asbestos, when disturbed, pose greater health risks than do other kinds.
(D) Asbestos is inevitably disturbed by building renovations or building demolition.
(E) Much of the time, removed asbestos is buried in landfills and forgotten with no guarantee that it will not be disturbed again.

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18 May 2017, 08:01
To strengthen the argument we need to state that asbestos would pose health risk if disturbed
A- weakens the argument as it states that asbestos poses less risk
B - states that asbestos would be harmless if workers wear protective gloves
C - strengthens the argument as it states that some asbestos can be far more dangerous
D - already stated in the argument
E- irrelevant

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18 May 2017, 19:54
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A. i wouldnt even say this weakens it. its completely irrelevant. why do i even care if it is less risky than smoking? or for that matter, if it is less risky to ones health than riding a kangaroo?

B. "states that asbestos would be harmless if workers wear protective gloves" . this statement goes to far. it never says that it would be harmless to workers who use gloves. it just says that it poses a risk to those not wearing gloves. but this doesnt mean it poses ZERO risk to those wearing gloves. both situations can have health risk. the real reason this is wrong is because its again, irrelevant. we dont care about the workers, we care about the releasing into environment.

C. we dont care about specific types of asbestos. we are looking at asbestos as a whole. providing information about specific types, some maybe stronger than others is irrelevant and kind of dumb. realistically, of course some will be weaker and some will be stronger. no two things are exactly the same.

D. just repeats knowledge we already know from the argument really. just provides another example of how it can be disturbed. there are probably millions of other ways too.

E. so youre removing the asbestos once right? from the building? so that releases some into the environment. then youre putting it into the ground, with the chance it might be disturbed again, which means more into the enviro. this is two bad events. if the gov limits it to just the first one, its better.

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18 May 2017, 21:08
C is out of scope because there is no information about some kinds of abestos, and hence, we cannot make a comparison of abestos vs some kinds of abestos.

strength is also a kind of assumption that makes the result of the argument become more likely to happen. E fits this definition.
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