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Some environmentalists question the prudence of exploiting

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Some environmentalists question the prudence of exploiting features of the environment, arguing that there are no economic benefits to be gained from forests, mountains, or wetlands that no longer exist. Many environmentalists claim that because nature has intrinsic value it would be wrong to destroy such features of the environment, even if the economic costs of doing so were outweighed by the economic costs of not doing so.

Which one of the following can be logically inferred from the passage?

(A) It is economically imprudent to exploit features of the environment.

(B) Some environmentalists appeal to a noneconomic justification in questioning the defensibility of exploiting features of the environment.

(C) Most environmentalists appeal to economic reasons in questioning the defensibility of exploiting features of the environment.

(D) Many environmentalists provide only a noneconomic justification in questioning the defensibility of exploiting features of the environment.

(E) Even if there is no economic reason for protecting the environment, there is a sound noneconomic justification for doing so.


Could anyone please explain the argument ? I didn't understand at all ... :dazed :dazed :dazed :dazed :dazed
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Hi suelahmed,
I will give a try,
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Some environmentalists question the prudence of exploiting features of the environment, arguing that there are no economic benefits to be gained from forests, mountains, or wetlands that no longer exist. Many environmentalists claim that because nature has intrinsic value it would be wrong to destroy such features of the environment, even if the economic costs of doing so were outweighed by the economic costs of not doing so.

The argument has two long sentences.

1. SOME environmentalists are questioning "whats wrong with exploiting the features of environment?" There are no economic benefits to be gained from forests, mountains, or wetlands that no longer exist.

These SOME environmentalists reasoned by mentioning the economic costs

2.MANY environmentalists claim that nature...blah..blah...blah

These MANY environmentalists reasoned that nature...blah..blah...blah:NOTHING ABOUT ECONOMIC COSTS

HERE SOME =MANY=1 to ALL.
Most = greater than 50% to ALL

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(A) It is economically imprudent to exploit features of the environment.

We are not judging anything here.Its out of scope.eliminate it.
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(B) Some environmentalists appeal to a noneconomic justification in questioning the defensibility of exploiting features of the environment.

Here, the MANY environmentalists group talked about that nature...blah..blah...blah and ignored the economic costs. Keep it.
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(C) Most environmentalists appeal to economic reasons in questioning the defensibility of exploiting features of the environment.

Strong .given in the argument that some of the environmentalists talked about economic costs.So, SOME can be 1 or SOME can be all.
so not possible.eliminate it.
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(D) Many environmentalists provide only a noneconomic justification in questioning the defensibility of exploiting features of the environment.

Mentioned only!!we dont know that the only reason or not.eliminate it
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(E) Even if there is no economic reason for protecting the environment, there is a sound noneconomic justification for doing so.

OUT of scope.
eliminate E.

B is the winner.
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I chose B because that was closest I could come to inferring what the passage said.

I don't think it is a hard question per se, just that the passage itself is so confusing.
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