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


So here is the deal.Oil companies want to make profits.But their actions are creating global warming.So in order to keep the global warming under the hood they are investing money to develop technologies which will ultimately favor them.
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A. Irrelevant

B. The research dollars invested by the oil companies are specifically earmarked for developing practical technologies that might be used to combat global warming. - sounds okay (shows that this benefits the oil company and the community)

C. Partial Scope? Explains an already made inference
D. So what? Does not help explain the second clause..
E. Does not help explain the second clause

Went with B.
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New post 06 May 2016, 16:55
I will go with B as well.

Option B shows the main reason for companies who are investing in research as to why they are really doing it?
Whether they have actual interest or is it just a formality.
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This question is part of the GMAT Club Critical Reasoning : Paradox Revision Project.

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.


Option B clarifies that the money was specifically used for scientific research but it does not resolve the paradox(Why was the scientific report undermined)
On one side the companies are investing in technologies to address Global Warming and on the other, they undermined a report and opposed Govt action to reduce Global Warming. I think with this option the paradox is not solved.
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Agree with Gagan. To resolve the paradox the answer must explain what lead to this present situation instead of explaining only one side. B does not do that. If B is true then the option itself is insufficient to prove it resolves the initial part of the paradox - that the oil companies undermine government action.
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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 can't for the life of me figure out how the OA makes any sense - just want to see if anyone else will get it.


The below explanation has been taken from MGMAT forum - https://www.manhattanprep.com/gmat/foru ... t7892.html

This question could be rephrased as "Why do some companies spend money to research climate change, even though they dispute research that characterizes the issue as severe?"

There are many possible answers, I think. Just a few possibilities:
(1) The companies agree there is a problem, but disagree with the existing research on the severity of the problem.
(2) The companies agree there is a problem, but disagree with the methods used in the existing research.
(3) The companies agree there is a problem, but want to pursue their own solution and to prevent government action for some reason.


(B) gives a practical reason the companies might want to do the research. It answers the question "why do they invest...?"

(C) only explains why the oil companies would be against government action, so it only explains one of their actions. There's still the question "Why not just do nothing?" You cannot "assume" anything else with this statement. The GMAT is looking for an answer that explains the discrepency by itself.

I think (B) communicates the "the companies agree there is a problem, but..." part of all the possible answers above.

(C) sounds a little like possible answer (3) above, but only addresses the reason the companies might want to prevent government action. It fails to explain the investment at all, because it fails to explain whether the companies agree there is a problem.
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