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In the past the country of Siduria has relied heavily on imported oil. Siduria recently implemented a program to convert heating systems from oil to natural gas. Siduria already produces more natural gas each year than it burns, and oil production in Sidurian oil fields is increasing at a steady pace. If these trends in fuel production and usage continue, therefore, Sidurian reliance on foreign sources for fuel should decline soon.
Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?
A. In Siduria the rate of fuel consumption is rising no more quickly than the rate of fuel production.
B. Domestic production of natural gas is rising faster than is domestic production of oil in Siduria.
C. No fuel other than natural gas is expected to be used as a replacement for oil in Siduria.
D. Buildings cannot be heated by solar energy rather than by oil or natural gas.
E. All new homes that are being built will have natural-gas-burning heating systems.
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01 Aug 2009, 12:24
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In the past the country of Siduria has relied heavily on imported oil. Siduria recently implemented a program to convert heating systems from oil to natural gas. Siduria already produces more natural gas each year than it burns, and oil production in Sidurian oil fields is increasing at a steady pace. If these trends in fuel production and usage continue, therefore, Sidurian reliance on foreign sources for fuel should decline soon.
Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?
A. In Siduria the rate of fuel consumption is rising no more quickly than the rate of fuel production.
B. Domestic production of natural gas is rising faster than is domestic production of oil in Siduria.
C. No fuel other than natural gas is expected to be used as a replacement for oil in Siduria.
D. Buildings cannot be heated by solar energy rather than by oil or natural gas.
E. All new homes that are being built will have natural-gas-burning heating systems.

The answer has to be C, right?
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01 Aug 2009, 14:53
a coz if fuel rate ofconsumption more then requirement cannot be met
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01 Aug 2009, 19:35
Go with C.. oA pls
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01 Aug 2009, 21:05
i will go with A.
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01 Aug 2009, 23:56
I picked A.

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02 Aug 2009, 00:44
IMO A

OPTION C is too Strong and IF no other gas except natural gas will be used as a replacement were an assumption, then the line 'even oil production is increasing at a steady pace' would be irrelevant.
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17 Aug 2009, 09:56
C is wrong because if there was another fuel alternative it would only help the country to rly less on fuel imports.

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17 Aug 2009, 16:28
A...otherwise it will eventually rely on foreign fuel...
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17 Aug 2009, 17:27
IMO A

A. correct if the consumption increases then the conclusion that decline of reliance on foreign sources for fuel will fail

B. this assumption is not related to the conclusion. our interest lies only in the assumption that helps in arriving the conclusion

C. this is outofscope , as said in B this assumption is not related to the conclusion. " If these trends in fuel production and usage continue, therefore, Sidurian reliance on foreign sources for fuel should decline soon". conclusion is about decline in reliance of foreign sources due to natural gas production only, other fuels dont play any role.

D. not relevant

E. Siduria recently implemented a program to convert heating systems from oil to natural gas.. already stated in the passage.
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18 Aug 2009, 00:41
ramiy wrote:
In the past the country of Siduria has relied heavily on imported oil. Siduria recently implemented a program to convert heating systems from oil to natural gas. Siduria already produces more natural gas each year than it burns, and oil production in Sidurian oil fields is increasing at a steady pace. If these trends in fuel production and usage continue, therefore, Sidurian reliance on foreign sources for fuel should decline soon.
Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument depends?
A. In Siduria the rate of fuel consumption is rising no more quickly than the rate of fuel production.
B. Domestic production of natural gas is rising faster than is domestic production of oil in Siduria.
C. No fuel other than natural gas is expected to be used as a replacement for oil in Siduria.
D. Buildings cannot be heated by solar energy rather than by oil or natural gas.
E. All new homes that are being built will have natural-gas-burning heating systems.

The answer is A. What if other than heating systems i.e cars, vehicles uses oil. So oil production must rise than the demand for oil if reliance on foreign sources for fuel shoul decline.
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