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Certain oil companies have been called poor corporate citizens because they have opposed government action to limit global warming by undermining scientific research that characterizes the issue as severe. However, these same oil companies have also invested millions of dollars in scientific research to address the long term effects of climate change.
Which of the following best explains the apparent discrepancy in the situation described above?
A. The oil companies only recently began investing in scientific research to address climate change issues.
B . The research dollars invested by the oil companies are specifically earmarked for developing practical technologies that might be used to combat global warming.
C. The government action opposed by the oil companies would negatively impact their profits.
D. The scientific research that characterizes global warming as a severe problem has not been definitively proven.
E. The oil companies don't believe that any scientific research related to climate change will ultimately serve their interests.
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Certain oil companies have been called poor corporate citizens because they have opposed government action to limit global warming by undermining scientific research that characterizes the issue as severe. However, these same oil companies have also invested millions of dollars in scientific research to address the long term effects of climate change.
Which of the following best explains the apparent discrepancy in the situation described above?
A. The oil companies only recently began investing in scientific research to address climate change issues.
B . The research dollars invested by the oil companies are specifically earmarked for developing practical technologies that might be used to combat global warming.
C. The government action opposed by the oil companies would negatively impact their profits.
D. The scientific research that characterizes global warming as a severe problem has not been definitively proven.
E. The oil companies don't believe that any scientific research related to climate change will ultimately serve their interests.


C.
Oil companies opposed government actions now because the actions affect their profit.
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Gotta be C .... i hope !
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i think its B
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Path wrote:
Certain oil companies have been called poor corporate citizens because they have opposed government action to limit global warming by undermining scientific research that characterizes the issue as severe. However, these same oil companies have also invested millions of dollars in scientific research to address the long term effects of climate change.
Which of the following best explains the apparent discrepancy in the situation described above?
A. The oil companies only recently began investing in scientific research to address climate change issues.
B . The research dollars invested by the oil companies are specifically earmarked for developing practical technologies that might be used to combat global warming.
C. The government action opposed by the oil companies would negatively impact their profits.
D. The scientific research that characterizes global warming as a severe problem has not been definitively proven.
E. The oil companies don't believe that any scientific research related to climate change will ultimately serve their interests.


I Pick B.
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Certain oil companies have been called poor corporate citizens because they have opposed government action to limit global warming by undermining scientific research that characterizes the issue as severe. However, these same oil companies have also invested millions of dollars in scientific research to address the long term effects of climate change.

Which of the following best explains the apparent discrepancy in the situation described above?

A. The oil companies only recently began investing in scientific research to address climate change issues.

Even if they recently began investing, they are still doing what the government is doing and yet they oppose the governmental aciton. The issue still remains. Out.

B . The research dollars invested by the oil companies are specifically earmarked for developing practical technologies that might be used to combat global warming.

This does not address the issue either. This in fact creates a bigger issue. If the pvt companies are still doing the exact same thing as what the Govt is doing then why are they criticizing Govt action. Issue still remains. Out

C. The government action opposed by the oil companies would negatively impact their profits.

This makes sense. That's why they are opposing govt action

D. The scientific research that characterizes global warming as a severe problem has not been definitively proven.

Irrelevant.

E. The oil companies don't believe that any scientific research related to climate change will ultimately serve their interests.

This seemed close. However it says ANY scientific research - and hence by that token, the dollars the oil companies are themselves investing would not be of any consequence. Therefore it would still remain unclear why they are opposing Govt action when they are themselves invesitng money with the same objective despite not having faith in the outcome of the research. OUt
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Certain oil companies have been called poor corporate citizens because they have opposed government action to limit global warming by undermining scientific research that characterizes the issue as severe. However, these same oil companies have also invested millions of dollars in scientific research to address the long term effects of climate change.
Which of the following best explains the apparent discrepancy in the situation described above?
A. The oil companies only recently began investing in scientific research to address climate change issues.
B . The research dollars invested by the oil companies are specifically earmarked for developing practical technologies that might be used to combat global warming.
C. The government action opposed by the oil companies would negatively impact their profits.
D. The scientific research that characterizes global warming as a severe problem has not been definitively proven.
E. The oil companies don't believe that any scientific research related to climate change will ultimately serve their interests.


I Pick B.


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Will go for 'C'
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New post 01 Oct 2007, 07:31
I pick B because the companies are already researching on ways to combat global warming and hence do not need to follow the goverment policy actions.
C is not a good choice because why would companies oppose something ....if opposition would affect them adversely?
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New post 01 Oct 2007, 07:47
Dear Abiswas - You may want to revisit the passage once again.

The so called poor corporate citizens defy the scientific reasoning that portrays global warming as severe. In other words, on the face they don't recognise global warming as potential threat but in reality they do so by investing millions to address its issues....

That's how I thought 'C' to be more approriate than the others
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New post 01 Oct 2007, 13:55
I picked C

Although this CR is horrible, definately not OG
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I pick B because the company is already contributing towards Global Warming thru their investment in climate change.
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New post 01 Oct 2007, 19:55
OA is B, though I had picked C.


Below is my explanation, not OE.
We have to address both the statements why company is opposing and why company is investing.

C - explains why company is opposing gov actions but it does not explain why companies are investing in research.

B - Companies are investing to combat the global warming, this statement matches with the argument "to address the long term effects of climate change". They are preparing for long term but at the same time ignoring the immediate concern.
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