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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.

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27 Jul 2009, 23:30
IMO D
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29 Jul 2009, 07:15
A,C and E>>i think are irrelevant.

was stuck b/w B and D....

i go for B...OA plzzz..

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29 Jul 2009, 07:24
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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.

A) MAYBE. The companies might have started investing due to the criticism.
B) MAYBE. In a way if they are doing "just enough" to not make the problem as severe so they can show people that due to their "advancement" the problem is not that severe
C) irrelevant. does not explain the discrepancy
D) prob not. I dont think they are undermining the research of others if they are doing similar research?
E) no. what's the point of them doing research if they dont believe it?

I think B. If the oil companies are "countering" claims made by researches by researching solutions then the overall problem will be less severe. In a way it is like putting simple patches on a sinking boat - it will make it sink much slower and whenever there is another hole it will be patched up but eventually the patches will not hold for long.
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29 Jul 2009, 07:27

While D might be tempting, it will not help answer both the contradictory premises. 1) Undermining Government by saying that the global warming is severe 2) spending millions of dollars in research in long term effect of climate change

B will answer both of these discripiencies, since companies still do not change their position from undermining govt, at the same time invest money on further research.
The research dollars invested by the oil companies are specifically earmarked for developing practical technologies that might be used to combat global warming.

D) The scientific research that characterizes global warming as a severe problem has not been definitively proven. - this will give us the reason for the "undermining of govt" but doesnt give a reason for companies to invest.

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31 Jul 2009, 09:14
B

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31 Jul 2009, 10:12
OA is B. Good job guys.

Still seems that B simply restates what is already said in the paragraph.

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my choice too was B

To begin its easy to boil down to two options B & E. in case of E its says that companies believe that NO scientific research wold be beneficial. this is too extreme poison which does not correspond with argument that they invest in research for long term effects . . else why would they invest. so this option does not work.

now we are left with B and that's the answer. (though justifying B is a bit difficult, process of elimination worked for me)
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03 Aug 2009, 12:14
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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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10 Oct 2009, 21:29
IMO D.
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10 Oct 2009, 21:32
Only D looks reasonable.

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11 Oct 2009, 10:23
IMO also D..OA pls..

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11 Oct 2009, 14:43
I went with D as well - this one is a toughie

OA is B

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This choice provides a motive for companies to invest in global warming research. If the research is specifically geared at developing technologies used to combat global warming, this research represents a long-term strategy for finding new ways for the companies to profit. This is in contrast with the research that the oil companies oppose - research focused on the severity and immediacy of the issue, a focus which might lead to government action that could have a negative impact on the profitability of the oil companies in the short term.

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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.

[Reveal] Spoiler:
B

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Premise 1- Oil Companies - Poor Corporate Citizen because they oppose Govt Action on Global warming which is based on scientific studies that term Global Warming as severe.

Premise 2 - Same companies spend dollars in scientific study to study effects of climatic change.

To solve this discrepancy that Oil Companies are on one hand opposing govt action (to oppose global warming, based on scientific studies) and on the other hand same companies are spending dollars to address Climatic change.

We need some info which can justify this disconnect between money spent by oil companies and where it is spent.

(A) Time duration not sufficient.
(B) Very finely proves that if the Oil companies are putting dollars to find out effects of climatic change then they very well believe that global warming can bring climatic change, thus they cannot refute Govt's action to oppose global warming by undermining the scientific study
(C) Profits. Not related here.
(D) Incorrect because if that scientific study is not proven yet then there is no discrepancy.
(E) What oil companies believe or not does not help solve the discrepancy.

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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?
• The oil companies only recently began investing in scientific research to address climate change issues.
• The research dollars invested by the oil companies are specifically earmarked for developing practical technologies
that might be used to combat global warming.
• The government action opposed by the oil companies would negatively impact their profits.
• The scientific research that characterizes global warming as a severe problem has not been definitively proven.
• The oil companies don’t believe that any scientific research related to climate change will ultimately serve their
interests.

[Reveal] Spoiler:
B

aditi1903 - they key here is the bold part. So option B right.
C oppose G's scientific research because they are not finding sols to the problems but seeing how big the problem is, which is already sever and the results would affect the company further. But the company is finding sol to the problem using their own research that will resolve the problem.

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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?
• The oil companies only recently began investing in scientific research to address climate change issues.
• The research dollars invested by the oil companies are specifically earmarked for developing practical technologies
that might be used to combat global warming.
• The government action opposed by the oil companies would negatively impact their profits.
• The scientific research that characterizes global warming as a severe problem has not been definitively proven.
• The oil companies don’t believe that any scientific research related to climate change will ultimately serve their
interests.

[Reveal] Spoiler:
B

I had to chose b/w B and D, and I think D is better, any thoughts, anyone?
How do I eliminate D?
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