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# CR: air pollutants

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25 Dec 2012, 18:37
Which of the following, if true, most seriously undermines the likelihood that the planned incentives, if implemented, will achieve both of the cited aims?
The question stem states which of the following will show that if planned incentive is implemented both the cited aims will be met.....Even if neglect the if part it comes out to be Which of the following will weaken the planned incentive to achieve both of its goals.
How can than we rephrase from our comfort and say it just says to weaken one of the goal
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25 Dec 2012, 19:29
Archit143 wrote:
Which of the following, if true, most seriously undermines the likelihood that the planned incentives, if implemented, will achieve both of the cited aims?
The question stem states which of the following will show that if planned incentive is implemented both the cited aims will be met.....Even if neglect the if part it comes out to be Which of the following will weaken the planned incentive to achieve both of its goals.
How can than we rephrase from our comfort and say it just says to weaken one of the goal

Ok, I will keep it simple. What does "not both" mean?

Does it mean:

(1) neither
or
(2) only one of them
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25 Dec 2012, 19:48
Archit143 wrote:
Which of the following, if true, most seriously undermines the likelihood that the planned incentives, if implemented, will achieve both of the cited aims?
The question stem states which of the following will show that if planned incentive is implemented both the cited aims will be met.....Even if neglect the if part it comes out to be Which of the following will weaken the planned incentive to achieve both of its goals.
How can than we rephrase from our comfort and say it just says to weaken one of the goal

Also to mean "none of the two aims will be achieved" , we use neither of the two and not both.
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26 Dec 2012, 05:54
Agree with you Sri.
Moreover, apart from E, none of the answer choices seem even close being the answer.
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06 Apr 2015, 01:55
Verbalbot please bump this Official CR question
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20 May 2016, 05:47
lexis wrote:
Relax with easy CR question.

Automobile emissions are a significant source of air pollutants, and cars over five years old typically generate significantly greater amounts of pollutants than newer cars. In Torinia, which has recently built its first automobile manufacturing plant, most cars are over five years old. Aiming to boost Torinia's economy and reduce air pollution, the government plans to introduce incentives for Torinians to scrap their old cars every five years and replace them with new ones.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously undermines the likelihood that the planned incentives, if implemented, will achieve both of the cited aims?

(A) Without the implementation of the planned incentives, most Torinians who own an old car would be unlikely to buy a new car.
(B) Torinia's automobile plant manufactures car models that typically generate smaller amounts of air pollutants than most similarly sized car models manufactured elsewhere.
(C) The new cars produced in Torinia are not likely to be exported to other countries.
(D) The largest source of atmospheric pollutants in Torinia is not automobile emissions, but emissions from power plants.
(E) The manufacture and the scrapping of cars each generate significant amounts of air pollutants.

Conclusion- Replacing and scrapping old cars will reduce air pollution.
We have to weaken this conclusion .

(A) Without the implementation of the planned incentives, most Torinians who own an old car would be unlikely to buy a new car. What about effects on pollution?
(B) Torinia's automobile plant manufactures car models that typically generate smaller amounts of air pollutants than most similarly sized car models manufactured elsewhere. We are not concerned about cars anywhere else.
(C) The new cars produced in Torinia are not likely to be exported to other countries. What about pollution? The cars are not exported out implies that people will buy the cars and scrap old cars? This strengths the argument instead of weakening if people will buy and use the new cars.
(D) The largest source of atmospheric pollutants in Torinia is not automobile emissions, but emissions from power plants. But, using new cars will reduce pollution by at least small percentage.
(E) The manufacture and the scrapping of cars each generate significant amounts of air pollutants. If scrapping generates significant pollution, then there is no pint using new cars
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26 Apr 2017, 22:50
Stem: Find an answer which undermines the likelihood that "economy boost" and "less pollution" cannot be achieved using incentives.

Premises:

1. Automobile emissions are a significant source of air pollutants
2. cars over five years old typically generate significantly greater amounts of pollutants than newer cars
3. Torinia has recently built its first automobile manufacturing plant
4. Most cars in Torinia are over five years.

Using these premises it can be concluded that if incentives are given then, old cars will be replaced, reducing pollution and since new cars are bought, the business of the manufacturing unbit will prosper and economy gets a boost.

So something has to be found out that will not lead to pollution reduction and economy boost. However, one thing should be remembered that economy factor is dependent on the buying of new cars which will take place only if the old cars are scrapped due to reason of pollution. Incentive will help buying of new cars which will reduce pollution and hence trigger the economy.

PoE:

(A) Without the implementation of the planned incentives, most Torinians who own an old car would be unlikely to buy a new car.

Out of Question. You have to find where the two benefits wont be achieved when incentives are used.

(B) Torinia's automobile plant manufactures car models that typically generate smaller amounts of air pollutants than most similarly sized car models manufactured elsewhere.

Thats good. It shall be a factor which shall reduce pollution and if incentives are there, people will buy and would boost the economy. But we are looking for a factor which shall undermine the likelihood that the two things can be achieved. This strengthens and not weakens the success of incentivizing.

(C) The new cars produced in Torinia are not likely to be exported to other countries.

How does it affect the success of incentivizing. If nothing better, it strengthens as most cars will be sold in Torinia after incentives.

(D) The largest source of atmospheric pollutants in Torinia is not automobile emissions, but emissions from power plants.

Let it be the largest. There is no comparison here. We want to reduce air pollution and elimination is not practically possible. This is out of scope as it does not emphasize what happens if incentives are given. However, premise say that it is significant contributor, largest or not does not matter.

(E) The manufacture and the scrapping of cars each generate significant amounts of air pollutants.

If this happens, the aim of lessening the air pollution wont be satisfied as significant amount of air pollution is caused in both old cars as well as manufacturing of new cars and scrapping of old cars. The argument states as premise that
"cars over five years old typically generate significantly greater amounts of pollutants than newer cars". But if the procedure in this transition leads to same amount of pollution, why will people even think of changing their cars even if there are incentives. They are not going to receive the cars for free. These are just incentives. Since government expects that people can help in reducing pollution, they provide incentives. And if new cars are not purchased then there is no point boost in economy.

Both the aims should be achieved, but here one aim depends on other and hence the primary aim is reducing air pollution as supplemented by the premise. This is the most suitable option.
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22 Aug 2017, 19:11
I chose D because air pollutants and atmospheric pollutants mean the same thing. Furthermore, E suggests manufacturing and scrapping each generate the same pollutants while D specifically states (more) manufacturing is worse than keeping the (current) automobiles.

In hindsight, I would choose E because it uses the exact word 'air' as opposed to atmospheric'.

Any thoughts on this?

lexis wrote:
Relax with easy CR question.

Automobile emissions are a significant source of air pollutants, and cars over five years old typically generate significantly greater amounts of pollutants than newer cars. In Torinia, which has recently built its first automobile manufacturing plant, most cars are over five years old. Aiming to boost Torinia's economy and reduce air pollution, the government plans to introduce incentives for Torinians to scrap their old cars every five years and replace them with new ones.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously undermines the likelihood that the planned incentives, if implemented, will achieve both of the cited aims?

(A) Without the implementation of the planned incentives, most Torinians who own an old car would be unlikely to buy a new car.
(B) Torinia's automobile plant manufactures car models that typically generate smaller amounts of air pollutants than most similarly sized car models manufactured elsewhere.
(C) The new cars produced in Torinia are not likely to be exported to other countries.
(D) The largest source of atmospheric pollutants in Torinia is not automobile emissions, but emissions from power plants.
(E) The manufacture and the scrapping of cars each generate significant amounts of air pollutants.
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