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Paper and plastic grocery bags are a continuing problem

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Paper and plastic grocery bags are a continuing problem for the city, both as litter and in landfills. To discourage their use, the city council has proposed a tax on each bag, to be paid by the supermarkets that supply them. Several environmental groups, however, oppose the tax, despite having brought the issue to the council’s attention in the first place.

Which of the following, if true, would best explain the environmental groups’ opposition to the proposed tax?

(A) The city’s current tax revenue is insufficient to pay the cost of recycling paper and plastic grocery bags.

(B) The cost to the city of collecting and disposing of a grocery bag is greater than the proposed tax per bag.

(C) Plastic bags account for 90 percent of the grocery bags that litter the city’s streets and take up space in landfills.

(D) Only supermarkets distributing more than a certain number of grocery bags each month would be subject to the proposed tax.

(E) Supermarkets plan to pass the tax on to consumers, who are unlikely to change their behavior based on the small increase in their grocery bills.

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This is resolve the paradox question.

(A) The city’s current tax revenue is insufficient to pay the cost of recycling paper and plastic grocery bags -> OFS as it doesn't explain why environmental groups are opposing it.

(B) The cost to the city of collecting and disposing of a grocery bag is greater than the proposed tax per bag -> OFS as it doesn't explain why environmental groups are opposing it.

(C) Plastic bags account for 90 percent of the grocery bags that litter the city’s streets and take up space in landfills -> OFS as it doesn't explain why environmental groups are opposing it.

(D) Only supermarkets distributing more than a certain number of grocery bags each month would be subject to the proposed tax -> Again, it doesn't resolve the paradox. It actually supports the plan and it also provides support that environmental groups should support the move.

(E) Supermarkets plan to pass the tax on to consumers, who are unlikely to change their behavior based on the small increase in their grocery bills. -> In my prethinking, I was actually thinking of an option which gives me a reason that makes the situation worse or doesn't help solve the problem. This option doesn't solve the problem , forcing environmental group to oppose the move.
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Paper and plastic grocery bags are a continuing problem for the city, both as litter and in landfills. To discourage their use, the city council has proposed a tax on each bag, to be paid by the supermarkets that supply them. Several environmental groups, however, oppose the tax, despite having brought the issue to the council’s attention in the first place.
The tax is intended to discourage paper and plastic bag use. One has to question the efficacy of this tax on decreasing bag use

Which of the following, if true, would best explain the environmental groups’ opposition to the proposed tax?

(A) The city’s current tax revenue is insufficient to pay the cost of recycling paper and plastic grocery bags.
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(B) The cost to the city of collecting and disposing of a grocery bag is greater than the proposed tax per bag.
not relevant
(C) Plastic bags account for 90 percent of the grocery bags that litter the city’s streets and take up space in landfills.
not relevant
(D) Only supermarkets distributing more than a certain number of grocery bags each month would be subject to the proposed tax.
not relevant
(E) Supermarkets plan to pass the tax on to consumers, who are unlikely to change their behavior based on the small increase in their grocery bills. This answer choice explains how, even with the tax, bag use wouldn't be affected.
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New post 11 May 2015, 10:43
I dont understand when the argument says "Oppose the Tax".
If the argument said that the plan will not work then Option E would have fitted the bill perfectly.
In case of Oppose the Tax I thought the plan would have resulted into something that would worsen the scenario.
Confused!!!!!
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"I dont understand when the argument says "Oppose the Tax".
If the argument said that the plan will not work then Option E would have fitted the bill perfectly.
In case of Oppose the Tax I thought the plan would have resulted into something that would worsen the scenario.
Confused!!!!!"

The paradox is, if the tax is intended to reduce bag use, why would environmentalists opposite it. The main concern of the environmentalists is reducing bag use. If the tax does not reduce bag use, the environmentalists have no reason to support it and may, in fact, oppose it.
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Paper and plastic grocery bags are a continuing problem for the city, both as litter and in landfills. To discourage their use, the city council has proposed a tax on each bag, to be paid by the supermarkets that supply them. Several environmental groups, however, oppose the tax, despite having brought the issue to the council’s attention in the first place.

Which of the following, if true, would best explain the environmental groups’ opposition to the proposed tax?

(A) The city’s current tax revenue is insufficient to pay the cost of recycling paper and plastic grocery bags.

(B) The cost to the city of collecting and disposing of a grocery bag is greater than the proposed tax per bag.

(C) Plastic bags account for 90 percent of the grocery bags that litter the city’s streets and take up space in landfills.

(D) Only supermarkets distributing more than a certain number of grocery bags each month would be subject to the proposed tax.

(E) Supermarkets plan to pass the tax on to consumers, who are unlikely to change their behavior based on the small increase in their grocery bills.



IN WEAKEN questions,,,,,,,,,,,strategy is -check for conclusion and gap.

COnclusion-Environmental groups oppose the plan.

gap-why environmental groups oppose ??
Prethinking
plan though implimented ,it wil not bring desired change.
In options,check for plan implimentation followed by no change in purchase of plastic bags

OR
plan implimentation takes more time and bythen situation becomes worst..
options

A-It is not the cost,,,its concern to stop usage of plastic bags ....out of scope
B-same as A
C-again curtailing usage of plastic papers,,so planned to keep a tax. Not because governemt do not have funds to recycle.
D-If only supermarkets gonna pay,,,,,,But how about normal stores etc etc,,,,,,,even then problem persists
E-it shows though 2-3 rs is charged on every bag,,,,,,,,it pass on to customers,,,,,,,,,,even after plan implimentation,,,no successful result as consumers behavior not likely to change.
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