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Editorial: The government claims that the country's nuclear power plants are entirely safe and hence that the public's fear of nuclear accidents at these plants is groundless. The government also contends that its recent action to limit the nuclear industry's financial liability in the case of nuclear accidents at power plants is justified by the need to protect the nuclear industry from the threat of bankruptcy. But even the government says that unlimited liability poses such a threat only if injury claims can be sustained against the industry; and the government admits that for such claims to be sustained, injury must result from nuclear accident. The public's fear, therefore, is well founded.

If all the statements offered in support of the editorial's conclusion correctly describe the government's position, which one of the following must also be true on the basis of those statements?

a. The government's claim about the safety of the country's nuclear power plant is false.
b. The government's position on nuclear power plants is inconsistent.
c. The government misrepresented its reasons for acting to limit the nuclear industry's liability.
d. Unlimited financial liability in the case of nuclear accidents poses no threat to the financial security of the country's nuclear industry.
e. The only serious threat posed by a nuclear accident would be to the financial security of the nuclear industry.

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09 Jul 2012, 06:43
D; according to me that's the only statement that can be inferred based on the information given
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09 Jul 2012, 14:16
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D; according to me that's the only statement that can be inferred based on the information given

But, from the argument, we have a limiting factor, which government has said to be a threat, though in a singular case(if injury claims can be sustained against the industry):
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its recent action to limitthe nuclear industry's financial liability in the case of nuclear accidents at power plants is justified by the need to protect the nuclear industry from the threat of bankruptcy.

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Editorial: The government claims that the country's nuclear power plants are entirely safe and hence that the public's fear of nuclear accidents at these plants is groundless. The government also contends that its recent action to limit the nuclear industry's financial liability in the case of nuclear accidents at power plants is justified by the need to protect the nuclear industry from the threat of bankruptcy. But even the government says that unlimited liability poses such a threat only if injury claims can be sustained against the industry; and the government admits that for such claims to be sustained, injury must result from nuclear accident. The public's fear, therefore, is well founded.

If all the statements offered in support of the editorial's conclusion correctly describe the government's position, which one of the following must also be true on the basis of those statements?

a. The government's claim about the safety of the country's nuclear power plant is false.
b. The government's position on nuclear power plants is inconsistent.
c. The government misrepresented its reasons for acting to limit the nuclear industry's liability.
d. Unlimited financial liability in the case of nuclear accidents poses no threat to the financial security of the country's nuclear industry.
e. The only serious threat posed by a nuclear accident would be to the financial security of the nuclear industry.

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Scope of the argument:
G: NCP (nuclear power plant) is safe => fear at these plant is grounless
G: Recent actions to limit the N's industry financial liability in case the nuclear accidents at power plants is justified by the need to protect the nuclear industry from the threat of bankruptcy
G: But even the government says that unlimited liability poses such a threat only if injury claims can be sustained against the industry; and the government admits that for such claims to be sustained, injury must result from nuclear accident.

The boldface shows the choice D is the most sustainable choice.

Choice E is totally wrong because of the extreme word "only"
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I beg to differ!
The correct answer choice is B.

a. The government's claim about the safety of the country's nuclear power plant is false. To strong to claim that its claim is false. INCORRECT
b. The government's position on nuclear power plants is inconsistent. The government is certainly being inconsistent in its position. First it says that public's concern is groundless and then it makes a claim about liability and its threat, concluding that public's concern is well founded. CORRECT!
c. The government misrepresented its reasons for acting to limit the nuclear industry's liability. Irrelevant. INCORRECT
d. Unlimited financial liability in the case of nuclear accidents poses no threat to the financial security of the country's nuclear industry. This cannot be deduced from the argument. It contradicts the argument. INCORRECT
e. The only serious threat posed by a nuclear accident would be to the financial security of the nuclear industry. Public worried about safety, not financial security. INCORRECT
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Editorial: The government claims that the country's nuclear power plants are entirely safe and hence that the public's fear of nuclear accidents at these plants is groundless. The government also contends that its recent action to limit the nuclear industry's financial liability in the case of nuclear accidents at power plants is justified by the need to protect the nuclear industry from the threat of bankruptcy. But even the government says that unlimited liability poses such a threat only if injury claims can be sustained against the industry; and the government admits that for such claims to be sustained, injury must result from nuclear accident. The public's fear, therefore, is well founded.

If all the statements offered in support of the editorial's conclusion correctly describe the government's position, which one of the following must also be true on the basis of those statements?

a. The government's claim about the safety of the country's nuclear power plant is false.
b. The government's position on nuclear power plants is inconsistent.
c. The government misrepresented its reasons for acting to limit the nuclear industry's liability.
d. Unlimited financial liability in the case of nuclear accidents poses no threat to the financial security of the country's nuclear industry.
e. The only serious threat posed by a nuclear accident would be to the financial security of the nuclear industry.

B is the only choice that makes sense.

Theother are wrong, without think so much. Not so tough
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11 Jul 2012, 05:42
A. The government’s claim about the safety of the country’s nuclear power plants is false.
Maybe the claim is true, and the government has other reasons to limit liability.
B. The government’s position on nuclear power plants is inconsistent
Whatever the explanation might be, the government is certainly being inconsistent in its position. Correct
C. The government misrepresented its reason for acting to limit the nuclear industry’s liability
The reason could be valid, maybe the claim about the safety of nuclear plants is unfounded.
D. Unlimited financial liability in the case of nuclear accidents poses no threat to the financial security of the country’s nuclear industry
Cannot deduce this from the above passage.
E. The only serious threat posed by a nuclear accident would be to the financial security of the nuclear industry
Cannot deduce this from the passage.
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I beg to differ!
The correct answer choice is B.

a. The government's claim about the safety of the country's nuclear power plant is false. To strong to claim that its claim is false. INCORRECT
b. The government's position on nuclear power plants is inconsistent. The government is certainly being inconsistent in its position. First it says that public's concern is groundless and then it makes a claim about liability and its threat, concluding that public's concern is well founded. CORRECT!
c. The government misrepresented its reasons for acting to limit the nuclear industry's liability. Irrelevant. INCORRECT
d. Unlimited financial liability in the case of nuclear accidents poses no threat to the financial security of the country's nuclear industry. This cannot be deduced from the argument. It contradicts the argument. INCORRECT
e. The only serious threat posed by a nuclear accident would be to the financial security of the nuclear industry. Public worried about safety, not financial security. INCORRECT

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B is OA here.
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Editorial: The government claims that the country's nuclear power plants are entirely safe and hence that the public's fear of nuclear accidents at these plants is groundless. The government also contends that its recent action to limit the nuclear industry's financial liability in the case of nuclear accidents at power plants is justified by the need to protect the nuclear industry from the threat of bankruptcy. But even the government says that unlimited liability poses such a threat only if injury claims can be sustained against the industry; and the government admits that for such claims to be sustained, injury must result from nuclear accident. The public's fear, therefore, is well founded.

If all the statements offered in support of the editorial's conclusion correctly describe the government's position, which one of the following must also be true on the basis of those statements?

a. The government's claim about the safety of the country's nuclear power plant is false.
b. The government's position on nuclear power plants is inconsistent.
c. The government misrepresented its reasons for acting to limit the nuclear industry's liability.
d. Unlimited financial liability in the case of nuclear accidents poses no threat to the financial security of the country's nuclear industry.
e. The only serious threat posed by a nuclear accident would be to the financial security of the nuclear industry.

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------> "the country's nuclear power plants are entirely safe" is inconsistent with "for such claims to be sustained, injury must result from nuclear accident". Hence B

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Editorial: The government claims that the country's nuclear power plants are entirely safe and hence that the public's fear of nuclear accidents at these plants is groundless. The government also contends that its recent action to limit the nuclear industry's financial liability in the case of nuclear accidents at power plants is justified by the need to protect the nuclear industry from the threat of bankruptcy. But even the government says that unlimited liability poses such a threat only if injury claims can be sustained against the industry; and the government admits that for such claims to be sustained, injury must result from nuclear accident. The public's fear, therefore, is well founded.

If all the statements offered in support of the editorial's conclusion correctly describe the government's position, which one of the following must also be true on the basis of those statements?

a. The government's claim about the safety of the country's nuclear power plant is false.
b. The government's position on nuclear power plants is inconsistent.
c. The government misrepresented its reasons for acting to limit the nuclear industry's liability.
d. Unlimited financial liability in the case of nuclear accidents poses no threat to the financial security of the country's nuclear industry.
e. The only serious threat posed by a nuclear accident would be to the financial security of the nuclear industry.

Pls explain..... I know OA but reveal l8r

To understand why B is correct we have to understand why the author makes a conclusion that the peoples fear are well founded.
The first part of the passage states that the Govt has told people that they need not fear nuclear accidents as the nuclear power plants are absolutely safe.
In the second part of the passage , the Govt states that it has provided protection to the nuclear power companies in case of liability because these organizations might fall into bankruptcy in case of nuclear accidents and if the injury caused to people is a result of this nuclear accident.
Hence the govt is on one side telling that they need not fear any nuclear accident and on the second hand telling the people that this financial security is provided in case of any nuclear accident.
Hence its position is inconsistent.
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I beg to differ!
The correct answer choice is B.

a. The government's claim about the safety of the country's nuclear power plant is false. To strong to claim that its claim is false. INCORRECT
b. The government's position on nuclear power plants is inconsistent. The government is certainly being inconsistent in its position. First it says that public's concern is groundless and then it makes a claim about liability and its threat, concluding that public's concern is well founded. CORRECT!
c. The government misrepresented its reasons for acting to limit the nuclear industry's liability. Irrelevant. INCORRECT
d. Unlimited financial liability in the case of nuclear accidents poses no threat to the financial security of the country's nuclear industry. This cannot be deduced from the argument. It contradicts the argument. INCORRECT
e. The only serious threat posed by a nuclear accident would be to the financial security of the nuclear industry. Public worried about safety, not financial security. INCORRECT

Government claims that people's fear is groundless. The Editorial claims that the claim is well founded. so how is government inconsistent?
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I understand that B is correct but I don't understand why A is wrong. Please explain what's wrong with A. Thank you.
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Editorial: The government claims that the country's nuclear power plants are entirely safe and hence that the public's fear of nuclear accidents at these plants is groundless. The government also contends that its recent action to limit the nuclear industry's financial liability in the case of nuclear accidents at power plants is justified by the need to protect the nuclear industry from the threat of bankruptcy. But even the government says that unlimited liability poses such a threat only if injury claims can be sustained against the industry; and the government admits that for such claims to be sustained, injury must result from nuclear accident. The public's fear, therefore, is well founded.

If all the statements offered in support of the editorial's conclusion correctly describe the government's position, which one of the following must also be true on the basis of those statements?

a. The government's claim about the safety of the country's nuclear power plant is false.
b. The government's position on nuclear power plants is inconsistent.
c. The government misrepresented its reasons for acting to limit the nuclear industry's liability.
d. Unlimited financial liability in the case of nuclear accidents poses no threat to the financial security of the country's nuclear industry.
e. The only serious threat posed by a nuclear accident would be to the financial security of the nuclear industry.

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Prephrase –
1. Govt. Claims – nuclear plan = ENTIRELY safe. Public Fear is groundless.
2. Govt. Limited financial liability of Nuclear industry (NI) to protect NI.
3. Unlimited liability = threat only in case of accidents.
4. Hence, public fear is well founded.
Govt. Is inconsistent about its position.

A – claim is false – too stretch.
B – correct answer
C – misrepresented – there is no evidence
D – unlimited liability is a threat to NI as stated in question. (see prephrase point 3)
E – ‘Only’ restricts the scope. Wrong answer.

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joshnsit wrote:
Editorial: The government claims that the country's nuclear power plants are entirely safe and hence that the public's fear of nuclear accidents at these plants is groundless. The government also contends that its recent action to limit the nuclear industry's financial liability in the case of nuclear accidents at power plants is justified by the need to protect the nuclear industry from the threat of bankruptcy. But even the government says that unlimited liability poses such a threat only if injury claims can be sustained against the industry; and the government admits that for such claims to be sustained, injury must result from nuclear accident. The public's fear, therefore, is well founded.

If all the statements offered in support of the editorial's conclusion correctly describe the government's position, which one of the following must also be true on the basis of those statements?

a. The government's claim about the safety of the country's nuclear power plant is false.
b. The government's position on nuclear power plants is inconsistent.
c. The government misrepresented its reasons for acting to limit the nuclear industry's liability.
d. Unlimited financial liability in the case of nuclear accidents poses no threat to the financial security of the country's nuclear industry.
e. The only serious threat posed by a nuclear accident would be to the financial security of the nuclear industry.

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To understand why B is correct we have to understand why the author makes a conclusion that the peoples fear are well founded.
The first part of the passage states that the Govt has told people that they need not fear nuclear accidents as the nuclear power plants are absolutely safe.
In the second part of the passage , the Govt states that it has provided protection to the nuclear power companies in case of liability because these organizations might fall into bankruptcy in case of nuclear accidents and if the injury caused to people is a result of this nuclear accident.
Hence the govt is on one side telling that they need not fear any nuclear accident and on the second hand telling the people that this financial security is provided in case of any nuclear accident.
Hence its position is inconsistent.

The government claims that the country's nuclear power plants are ENTIRELY safe and hence that the public's fear of nuclear accidents at these plants is groundless. The government also contends that its recent action to limit the nuclear industry's financial liability in the case of nuclear accidents at power plants is justified by the need to protect the nuclear industry from the threat of bankruptcy. But even the government says that unlimited liability poses such a threat only if injury claims can be sustained against the industry; and the government admits that for such claims to be sustained, injury must result from nuclear accident. The public's fear, therefore, is well founded.

These bold faces segment forced me to select A, which I know is a strong statement but word "entirely" seems to be a strong word as well. Thus i believe A is quiet close.
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joshnsit wrote:
Editorial: The government claims that the country's nuclear power plants are entirely safe and hence that the public's fear of nuclear accidents at these plants is groundless. The government also contends that its recent action to limit the nuclear industry's financial liability in the case of nuclear accidents at power plants is justified by the need to protect the nuclear industry from the threat of bankruptcy. But even the government says that unlimited liability poses such a threat only if injury claims can be sustained against the industry; and the government admits that for such claims to be sustained, injury must result from nuclear accident. The public's fear, therefore, is well founded.

If all the statements offered in support of the editorial's conclusion correctly describe the government's position, which one of the following must also be true on the basis of those statements?

a. The government's claim about the safety of the country's nuclear power plant is false.
b. The government's position on nuclear power plants is inconsistent.
c. The government misrepresented its reasons for acting to limit the nuclear industry's liability.
d. Unlimited financial liability in the case of nuclear accidents poses no threat to the financial security of the country's nuclear industry.
e. The only serious threat posed by a nuclear accident would be to the financial security of the nuclear industry.

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a. The government's claim about the safety of the country's nuclear power plant is false.
It's not about the safety but about the liability that the nuclear plant might owe to the public in case of a nuclear accident.

b. The government's position on nuclear power plants is inconsistent.
This is the correct answer. It is pretty clear that the two positions that the government maintains is not consistent with each other. If there is liability, the recent action limits the liability and at the same time, the liability claims are sustained only in the event of a nuclear liability.

c. The government misrepresented its reasons for acting to limit the nuclear industry's liability.
There is no such thing being talked about.

d. Unlimited financial liability in the case of nuclear accidents poses no threat to the financial security of the country's nuclear industry.
Financial liability is only limited. What the limit is is not being talked about explicitly. So, it may pose some threat to the financial security.

e. The only serious threat posed by a nuclear accident would be to the financial security of the nuclear industry.
Again the word 'only' is going too far.
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I understand that B is correct but I don't understand why A is wrong. Please explain what's wrong with A. Thank you.

a. The government's claim about the safety of the country's nuclear power plant could be true.
b. The government's position on nuclear power plants is inconsistent. The inconsistency is shown in this two claims:
power plants are entirely safe
unlimited liability poses such a threat only if injury claims can be sustained and for such claims to be sustained, injury must result from nuclear accident.

c. There may be the possibility that the government did not misrepresent its reason.
d. Opposite. The reason is to protect the nuclear industry from the threat of bankruptcy.
e.” only” is too extreme. It is not justified.

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