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The earth’s resources are being depleted much too fast. To correct this, the United States must keep its resource consumption at present levels for many years to come.

1. The argument above depends on which of the following assumptions?
(A) Per capita resource consumption in the United States is at an all-time high.
(B) The United States wastes resources.
(C) The United States uses more resources than any other country.
(D) The United States imports most of the resources it uses.
(E) Curbing U.S. resource consumption will significantly retard world resource depletion.

2. Which of the following, if true, would most strengthen the argument above?
(A) New resource deposits are constantly being discovered.
(B) The United States consumes one-third of all resources used in the world.
(C) Other countries need economic development more than the United States does.
(D) Other countries have agreed to hold their resource consumption at present levels.
(E) The United States has been conserving resources for several years.
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2) A, if the resources are being depleted it is only natural that we should find other resources inspite of not increasing the consumption.....
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Can you please post the OE for the second one? I cannot convince myself that B can strengthen the argument. What if there is another country that consumes 0.4 of the world's natural resources.?

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Can you please post the OE for the second one? I cannot convince myself that B can strengthen the argument. What if there is another country that consumes 0.4 of the world's natural resources.?

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Sorry, there's no OE for this one, but I'll attempt to explain. Yes, another country might consume 40% of the world's natural resources, while the States might only consume 33.3%. However, that would need you to know another piece of information which you do not have. The question asks for the best choice, and the rest simply do not match up to this option.
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