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# Politician: Our nation was once a major manufacturing power, but now

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Politician: Our nation was once a major manufacturing power, but now companies in other countries are competing with ours by manufacturing at much lower costs. With recent developments in technology, we can access our nation’s fossil fuel reserves in new ways, providing lower cost fossil fuels to our nation’s manufacturing companies. By using those lower cost domestically produced fossil fuels rather than imported fuels, our nation’s manufacturing companies will be able to become competitive once again.

Which of the following, if true, is most damaging to the politician’s argument?

A. The gases and particulate matter put into the atmosphere via worldwide use of fossil fuels are harming air quality and destabilizing the environment.

B. For the nation to which the politician is referring, focusing on developing service businesses may make more sense than seeking to compete in manufacturing.

C. Fuel costs constitute a substantial component of total operating expenses for many manufacturing companies.

D. Investing in harnessing renewable resources would generate more long-term benefits than would be generated via investing in new fossil fuel extraction technology.

E. When one nation stops importing fossil fuels, the resulting change in demand for fuel results in a decrease in worldwide fossil fuel prices.

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25 Apr 2020, 07:02
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Politician: Our nation was once a major manufacturing power, but now companies in other countries are competing with ours by manufacturing at much lower costs. With recent developments in technology, we can access our nation’s fossil fuel reserves in new ways, providing lower cost fossil fuels to our nation’s manufacturing companies. By using those lower cost domestically produced fossil fuels rather than imported fuels, our nation’s manufacturing companies will be able to become competitive once again.

Which of the following, if true, is most damaging to the politician’s argument?
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Our nation's manufacturing companies are getting less competitive as the other countries' manufacturing companies are producing vehicles at much lower costs. So Politician wants to use lower fossil fuel in manufacturing companies thereby lowering the cost of vehicles and competing at par with other companies.
Any new information describing that there is some other cause than cost that is damaging competitiveness of our countries manufacturing companies will weaken the argument.
Any new information describing that plan will not succeed because lowering cost of fossil fuels will have negative effect will weaken the argument

A. The gases and particulate matter put into the atmosphere via worldwide use of fossil fuels are harming air quality and destabilizing the environment.
We need something related to cost of manufacturing companies

B. For the nation to which the politician is referring, focusing on developing service businesses may make more sense than seeking to compete in manufacturing.
still it does not clarifies whether the plan will have its intended effect

C. Fuel costs constitute a substantial component of total operating expenses for many manufacturing companies.
it strengthens the argument

D. Investing in harnessing renewable resources would generate more long-term benefits than would be generated via investing in new fossil fuel extraction technology.
but if lowering fossil fuel costs makes vehicle economical then argument is correct. This is not relevant to reasoning

E. When one nation stops importing fossil fuels, the resulting change in demand for fuel results in a decrease in worldwide fossil fuel prices.
This weakens the argument by stating that if country X lowers the import of fossil fuel then it lower the cost of fossil fuel for all other countries as well. This will lower the cost of other countries' manufacturing companies produce.
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05 Jul 2020, 22:46
in option e:
you cannot conclude that the decreased price of fuel worldwide will be lower than the price of domestically produced fuel...so this answer choice is vague!!

while option d says that investing in fossil fuel technology would not generate long term benefits comparatively so it directly states that it will not be beneficial in making the companies competitive again

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