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I am strongly against the OA in this one.

The earth’s resources are being depleted much too fast.
To correct this, the United States must keep its resource consumption at present levels for many years to come.

14.Which of the following, if true, would most strengthen the argument above?
(A) New resource deposits are constantly being discovered.
(B) The United States consumes one-third of all resources used in the world.
(C) Other countries need economic development more than the United States does.
(D) Other countries have agreed to hold their resource consumption at present levels.
(E) The United States has been conserving resources for several years.
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26 Aug 2007, 15:00
Should be B. We need to know the impact of a reduction of US consumption would be on world consumption. Let's say the US only consumed 1% of the world's resources. Then the US reducing consumption would have negligble effect on the planet.
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26 Aug 2007, 16:13
I agree the answer should be B
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26 Aug 2007, 16:18
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Should be B. We need to know the impact of a reduction of US consumption would be on world consumption. Let's say the US only consumed 1% of the world's resources. Then the US reducing consumption would have negligble effect on the planet.

wouldnt D be more convincing, since the all the other countries have agreed to keep the consumption at present levels so if only now USA keeps it constant can correct the depleting situation ?

how is B more convincing that this...going by B its possible that if no other country keeps the consumption constant then the situation would not be corrected.
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26 Aug 2007, 22:30
botirvoy wrote:
The earth’s resources are being depleted much too fast.
To correct this, the United States must keep its resource consumption at present levels for many years to come.

14.Which of the following, if true, would most strengthen the argument above?
(A) New resource deposits are constantly being discovered.
weakens

(B) The United States consumes one-third of all resources used in the world.
I dont care. Whay should it maintain?
(C) Other countries need economic development more than the United States does.
(D) Other countries have agreed to hold their resource consumption at present levels.
Irrelevant. US present levels may be unfairly low

(E) The United States has been conserving resources for several years.
It is doing a good job. It should continue to do so

I actually go for E. I know it will sound weird.
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26 Aug 2007, 22:33
One more for B
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27 Aug 2007, 18:00
I'll vote for D. My reasoning was the same as Empty Spaces.
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27 Aug 2007, 18:55
I vote for 'B'

what if the current rate of consumption is very high, so even if US does not increase its consumption rate still the resources are going to deplete
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27 Aug 2007, 19:11
B makes sense..
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27 Aug 2007, 21:32
i'll go for E..it makes more sense.
Since US has been saving natural resources for several years, it still has to continue to do the same so that the resources are not depleted too fast. suppose if its consumption rate is 10% of the world's resource and it starts consuming at the rate of 30%(1/3) then the resources will get depleted soon.
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27 Aug 2007, 23:58
I go with D. It shows a general consensus among all nations.

My theory about B is that we know that US consumes 1/3 of the resources but what if India and China are consuming just about 2/3 of the resources so whatever US may do, it won't make sense. Also what if only countries in the world are India and US. India is consuming 2/3 and US is consuming 1/3.

We are advised to read between the lines so lets assume that only 2 or 3 countries account for using 95% of the resources and all other countries are not using anything at all or there was a nuclear war and all population has been wiped out in other countries

Am i going too far?????
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28 Aug 2007, 00:17
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I am strongly against the OA in this one.

The earth’s resources are being depleted much too fast.
To correct this, the United States must keep its resource consumption at present levels for many years to come.

14.Which of the following, if true, would most strengthen the argument above?
(A) New resource deposits are constantly being discovered.
(B) The United States consumes one-third of all resources used in the world.
(C) Other countries need economic development more than the United States does.
(D) Other countries have agreed to hold their resource consumption at present levels.
(E) The United States has been conserving resources for several years.

A) out of scope / neutral
B) strengthens the argument the most - if the U.S. consumes 1/3 of the resources used this shows that its consumption level will have a significant impact on the depletion of the Earth's resources. Remember we have to try to stick to the narrow scope of argument and not introduce some other reasoning!
C) irrelevant
D) the stimulus does not mention anything about other countries so we cannot assume that they carry the same impact as the United States. Maybe some might but maybe all of the other countries COMBINED does not have anywhere near the impact as the US. We simply cannot infer from what the stimulus says.
E) this might have strengthen the argument except that this choice is talking about what the U.S. has done in past - we are concerned with what the U.S. will do for years to come. We simply cannot assume that U.S. will continue this pattern.

What is the OA?
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28 Aug 2007, 00:26
botirvoy wrote:
The earth’s resources are being depleted much too fast. To correct this, the United States must keep its resource consumption at present levels for many years to come.

14.Which of the following, if true, would most strengthen the argument above?
(A) New resource deposits are constantly being discovered.
(B) The United States consumes one-third of all resources used in the world.
(C) Other countries need economic development more than the United States does.
(D) Other countries have agreed to hold their resource consumption at present levels.
(E) The United States has been conserving resources for several years.

B. unquestionably.
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28 Aug 2007, 04:28
I think the choice is between B and D.
Let's analyse these two.

Stem:
Premise: The earth’s resources are being depleted much too fast.
Conclusion: To correct this, the United States must keep its resource consumption at present levels for many years to come.
So, premise is talking about resource depletion on EARTH, whereas conclusion is saying keeping the US consumption constant will stop THIS depletion. Here, the author is assuming something about other consumers. Stating the significance of US is not enough, even if US is consuming 90% of total consumption! Think what would happen if other countries were increasing their consumption at 300%. Total consumption would not stay the same.

(B) The United States consumes one-third of all resources used in the world.
This fact by itself is neutral. As shown in the table, below, to keep total world consumption constant we need infomation about other consumers.
(D) Other countries have agreed to hold their resource consumption at present levels.
As the table below shows, keeping the consumption of other countries constant make the author's conclusion more likely to happen.

Table:
Let's assume all countries consume 100t (t=tonne) of resources. The aim is to keep total consumption constant in the future. US consumes, say 35t.

In Years: 0____1_____2_____3
The _US: 35___35____35____35
Other__: 65___65____65____35
Total___: 100__100__100___100
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28 Aug 2007, 05:47
B seems the only one here..

Rest all doesn't help in strengthing the argument --
'To correct this, the United States must keep its resource consumption at present levels for many years to come.'

The argument is focused on United States relating it to the depletion of the resources worldwide.

A -- Weakens
C -- Out of context.
D -- Doesn't strengthen why US should be keeping the consumption at present levels.
E -- Irrelevant.
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I think the choice is between B and D.
Let's analyse these two.

Stem:
Premise: The earth’s resources are being depleted much too fast.
Conclusion: To correct this, the United States must keep its resource consumption at present levels for many years to come.
So, premise is talking about resource depletion on EARTH, whereas conclusion is saying keeping the US consumption constant will stop THIS depletion. Here, the author is assuming something about other consumers. Stating the significance of US is not enough, even if US is consuming 90% of total consumption! Think what would happen if other countries were increasing their consumption at 300%. Total consumption would not stay the same.

(B) The United States consumes one-third of all resources used in the world.
This fact by itself is neutral. As shown in the table, below, to keep total world consumption constant we need infomation about other consumers.
(D) Other countries have agreed to hold their resource consumption at present levels.
As the table below shows, keeping the consumption of other countries constant make the author's conclusion more likely to happen.

Table:
Let's assume all countries consume 100t (t=tonne) of resources. The aim is to keep total consumption constant in the future. US consumes, say 35t.

In Years: 0____1_____2_____3
The _US: 35___35____35____35
Other__: 65___65____65____35
Total___: 100__100__100___100

Guys, B is OA for this. But the analysis above in favor of D is also pretty good.
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19 May 2011, 20:42
Strengthen choice,if negated should weaken the argument.
D does this effecting the conclusion more than B does.

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08 Jun 2011, 05:21
IMO E. Tough one
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09 Sep 2011, 03:22
I think it`s B because if US consumes 1/3rd of the world energy resources then it will have have a great impact .
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