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# Congress has passed a law that scales back the tax credits offered to

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Congress has passed a law that scales back the tax credits offered to purchasers of hybrid cars. Because of this, the number of hybrid cars sold each year, which has approximately doubled in each of the last five years, is likely to flatten in the next few years.

Which of the following statements, if true, most weakens the conclusion that the number of hybrid cars sold annually is likely to flatten in the next few years?

A. Most people buy hybrid cars for reasons other than to save money in the long run.

B. Recently published studies have shown that hybrid cars cost significantly more to repair and maintain than do comparable traditional cars.

C. Gasoline prices are projected to fall over the next few years.

D. Hybrid vehicles have a reputation for having less power than comparable non-hybrid vehicles.

E. Manufacturers have significantly increased their budgets for advertisements touting the fuel efficiency of hybrid cars.

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Congress has passed a law that scales back the tax credits offered to purchasers of hybrid cars. Because of this, the number of hybrid cars sold each year, which has approximately doubled in each of the last five years, is likely to flatten in the next few years.

Which of the following statements, if true, most weakens the conclusion that the number of hybrid cars sold annually is likely to flatten in the next few years?

A. Most people buy hybrid cars for reasons other than to save money in the long run. --> Correct, This statement weakens the conclusion by saying that the cost saving is not the prime focus of purchase, but rather it could be any of luxury, comfort, associated brand value, and so on.

B. Recently published studies have shown that hybrid cars cost significantly more to repair and maintain than do comparable traditional cars. --> Though probable, there is no mentioning that the cost is the sole reason of concern

C. Gasoline prices are projected to fall over the next few years. --> Though probable, there is no mentioning that the cost is the sole reason of concern

D. Hybrid vehicles have a reputation for having less power than comparable non-hybrid vehicles. --> Irrelevant, no co-relation mentioned between less power and tax announcement

E. Manufacturers have significantly increased their budgets for advertisements touting the fuel efficiency of hybrid cars. --> Irrelevant, no co-relation mentioned between advertisements and tax announcement

Hence, A.
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Congress has passed a law that scales back the tax credits offered to purchasers of hybrid cars. Because of this, the number of hybrid cars sold each year, which has approximately doubled in each of the last five years, is likely to flatten in the next few years.

Which of the following statements, if true, most weakens the conclusion that the number of hybrid cars sold annually is likely to flatten in the next few years?
Boil it down - Because of this, the number of hybrid cars sold each year, which has approximately doubled in each of the last five years, is likely to flatten in the next few years.

A. Most people buy hybrid cars for reasons other than to save money in the long run. - Correct - So even in absence of tax credits most people will continue to buy hybrid cars

B. Recently published studies have shown that hybrid cars cost significantly more to repair and maintain than do comparable traditional cars. - Incorrect - This strengthens the conclusion

C. Gasoline prices are projected to fall over the next few years. - Incorrect - This is a mild strengthener at best( if the cost of electricity is more than the cost of gasoline)

D. Hybrid vehicles have a reputation for having less power than comparable non-hybrid vehicles. - Irrelevant

E. Manufacturers have significantly increased their budgets for advertisements touting the fuel efficiency of hybrid cars. - Incorrect - we don't know what kind of impact this step will have

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