jgomey wrote:
Last year the worldwide paper industry used over twice as much fresh pulp (pulp made directly from raw plant fibers) as recycled pulp (pulp made from wastepaper). A paper industry analyst has projected that by 2010 the industry will use at least as much recycled pulp annually as it does fresh pulp, while using a greater quantity of fresh pulp than it did last year.
If the information above is correct and the analyst's projections prove to be accurate, which of the following projections must also be accurate.
A. In 2010 the paper industry will use at least twice as much recycled pulp as it did last year
B. In 2010 the paper industry will use at least twice as much total pulp as it did last year.
C. In 2010 the paper industry will produce more paper from a given amount of pulp than it did last year.
D. As compared with last year, in 2010 the paper industry will make more paper that contains only recycled pulp.
E. As compared with last year, in 2010 the paper industry will make less paper that contains only fresh pulp.
IMO: A.
Last year, amount of fresh pulp is twice that of recycled pulp.
Company says that it will use recycled pulp in the same amount as that of fresh pulp.
Company is not reducing amount of fresh pulp used.So to comply with the above condition, company needs to double the usage of recycled pulp at least.
For example,
Given, Last year, Company used
Recycled pulp used= 1 K tons (Lets' say)
Fresh pulp used =>2 K tons.
In 2010, Company will use at least as much recycled pulp annually as it does fresh pulp, while using a greater quantity of fresh pulp than it did last year.
So, Keeping the amount of fresh >= 2 K tons, Amount of recycled pulp needs to be at least doubled to reach at the level of fresh pulp.
Only Option A makes sense with this analysis.