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# Oil company representative: We spent more money on cleaning

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Oil company representative: We spent more money on cleaning the otters affected by our recent oil spill than has been spent on any previous marine mammal rescue project. This shows our concern for the environment.
Environmentalist: You have no such concern. Your real concern is evident in your admission to the press that news photographs of oil-covered otters would be particularly damaging to your public image, which plays an important role in your level of sales.

The environmentalistâ€™s conclusion would be properly drawn if it were true that the
(A) oil company cannot have more than one motive for cleaning the otters affected by the oil spill
(B) otter population in the area of the oil spill could not have survived without the cleaning project
(C) oil company has always shown a high regard for its profits in choosing its courses of action
(D) government would have spent the money to clean the otters if the oil company had not agreed to do it
(E) oil companyâ€™s efforts toward cleaning the affected otters have been more successful than have such efforts in previous projects to clean up oil spills

Why not C?
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20 Dec 2005, 08:21
I think it's A, because its excludes any other condition for the company's motivation.

C doesn't exclude other conditions for that motivation, so there could be other motivations as well, therefore weaken the author's argument, that the company supports otters just for publicity.

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Your real concern is evident in your admission to the press that news photographs of oil-covered otters would be particularly damaging to your public image, which plays an important roll in your level of sales.
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20 Dec 2005, 10:13
Agree with A.
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20 Dec 2005, 13:11
I think its C

Oil Company: We care about the environment
Environmentalist: You only care about the economic impact, not the actual environment

The environmentalist's conclusion would be properly drawn if it were true that the

(A) oil company cannot have more than one motive for cleaning the otters affected by the oil spill ==> Makes sense but doesn't tie the economic impact to oil company's actions

(B) otter population in the area of the oil spill could not have survived without the cleaning project ==> Out of scope

(C) oil company has always shown a high regard for its profits in choosing its courses of action ==> Correct! Its the only one that ties the level of sales to the argument.

(D) government would have spent the money to clean the otters if the oil company had not agreed to do it ==> Out of scope

(E) oil company's efforts toward cleaning the affected otters have been more successful than have such efforts in previous projects to clean up oil spills ==> Out of scope
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20 Dec 2005, 13:14
It should be A.
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20 Dec 2005, 17:07
I think it's A, because its excludes any other condition for the company's motivation.

C doesn't exclude other conditions for that motivation, so there could be other motivations as well, therefore weaken the author's argument, that the company supports otters just for publicity.

E.:
Your real concern is evident in your admission to the press that news photographs of oil-covered otters would be particularly damaging to your public image, which plays an important roll in your level of sales.

Nice explanation. Thanks. OA is A.
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20 Dec 2005, 20:16
I arrived at the OA too, but reading TeHCM's reply, why not C?
20 Dec 2005, 20:16
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