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Department of Energy Spokesman: Energy consumers who pay their own utility bills have a direct financial incentive to use less energy. But in most of our nation's residential rental properties, the owner of the property - not the tenant who directly consumes that property's energy - pays the utility bill. In order to reduce our nation's energy consumption, we should require that tenants be responsible for paying their utility bills in residential rental properties.

Which of the following is a reason to believe that the plan outlined above will not reach its goal?

A Most rental properties are rented by younger people, and people tend to be more conscious about environmental issues like energy consumption when they are younger.
B When owners of rental properties are responsible for utility bills, they are more likely to ensure that a property's appliances and furnaces are the most energy-efficient versions.
C Most of the country's energy consumption comes from commercial real estate, not residential real estate.
D Energy bills are calculated not only by the amount of energy used, but also by the times of day during which energy is used.
E Other nations have had success reducing energy consumption by offering rental subsidies for tenants whose energy usage falls below certain thresholds.

Can someone please help me, why C is wrong?
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Why is the answer not C? I can't wrap my head around this one. Please help!
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Why is the answer not C? I can't wrap my head around this one. Please help!


Even i marked C but i understand why it is wrong. The trick word is 'most'. Even if most of the energy is consumed by commercial places, let's say 70%, for example, country's total energy consumption can still be reduced by implementing the plan with the remaining 30% of users. Hence it does not entirely weaken the argument. Infact supports it.
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I can't understanf why B is the right answer.
And I want to know how can I solve the problem in my exam . Thank you
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A Most rental properties are rented by younger people, and people tend to be more conscious about environmental issues like energy consumption when they are younger. This option strengthens the fact that the plan will reach its goal.

B When owners of rental properties are responsible for utility bills, they are more likely to ensure that a property's appliances and furnaces are the most energy-efficient versions. When owners are not responsible for the utility bills they will be least bothered by the efficiency of appliances installed in their properties. As a matter of fact, certain owners may install least efficient appliances to save installation cost. Therefore, no matter how conscious tenants are in lowering down the consumption, the plan will not reach its goal, because the appliances are not energy efficient.

C Most of the country's energy consumption comes from commercial real estate, not residential real estate.The argument is focused on the success of plan implemented in residential properties. Lowering the consumption of residential properties is the intent. The ratio of energy consumption of commercial to residential property is out of scope. The intent is to lower residential properties's energy consumption even if it is nominal.

D Energy bills are calculated not only by the amount of energy used, but also by the times of day during which energy is used. This doesn't necessarily throw light on why the plan will not reach its goal. Irrespective of the factors that cause high energy bills, tenants will try their best not to have a hole in their pocket due to high bills. Even if that required less energy usage at certain times of the day when the consumption charges are high.

E Other nations have had success reducing energy consumption by offering rental subsidies for tenants whose energy usage falls below certain thresholds. This actually strengthens the plan.


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