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In Beefola County, cattle ranchers argue that a new law designed to raise water quality should be abolished. The law requires ranchers to install fences that prevent livestock from entering waterways. Although they acknowledge that, without fences in place, the waterways would become more polluted in the short term, the ranchers argue that in the long term the increased pollution would be accompanied by higher profit margins. Higher profit margins would lead to more ranching entrepreneurs entering the market, which would in turn mean more tax funding for a water treatment facility that purifies contaminated water. Therefore, eliminating the requirement that ranchers fence their land would ultimately lead to cleaner water supplies. This argument cannot be true unless .


(A) all ranchers are taxed at the same rate

(B) the fenced ranches are upstream from the proposed new water treatment facility

(C) pollution levels in the waterways under consideration are already high

(D) an increase in the number of ranches does not reduce the overall revenue from cattle ranching in Beefola County by creating a rise in the supply of beef that drives beef prices down

(E) Beefola County can guarantee that all tax revenue received from cattle ranchers will be used to pay for the water treatment facility


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In Beefola County, cattle ranchers argue that a new law designed to raise water quality should be abolished.
But why.....here we go
The law requires ranchers to install fences that prevent livestock from entering waterways.
Although they acknowledge that, without fences in place, the waterways would become more polluted in the short term, the ranchers argue that in the long term the increased pollution would be accompanied by higher profit margins. Higher profit margins would lead to more ranching entrepreneurs entering the market, which would in turn mean more tax funding for a water treatment facility that purifies contaminated water. Therefore, eliminating the requirement that ranchers fence their land would ultimately lead to cleaner water supplies.

This argument cannot be true unless .

(A) all ranchers are taxed at the same rate..............whether or not the same rate does not affect the conclusion.
(B) the fenced ranches are upstream from the proposed new water treatment facility.........water is filtered by preventing livestock and upstream/downstream location need not be assumed.
(C) pollution levels in the waterways under consideration are already high............need not be assumed.
(D) an increase in the number of ranches does not reduce the overall revenue from cattle ranching in Beefola County by creating a rise in the supply of beef that drives beef prices down.........this is assumed since otherwise the conclusion of ranchers does not hold true.
(E) Beefola County can guarantee that all tax revenue received from cattle ranchers will be used to pay for the water treatment facility..........Beefola County stated the new law and seems to be in favor of it. ranchers are against the law as they believe that tax profit they get can get the water purifies. Whether or not county guarantees anything need not be assumed.

I got stuck between D and E. Eliminated D for the mentioned of beef supply and chose E.
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