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# The spokesman for the Ministry of Transport announced that the

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The spokesman for the Ministry of Transport announced that the ministry has decided to pave roads with underground wiring as an alternative to spreading salt on the ice- and snow-covered roads. However, an official in the Ministry, who opposes the Ministry’s decision, was quoted saying that due to the high initial costs, the project cannot be cost-effective .

Which of the following, if true, most weakens the official's objection to the Ministry’s decision?

A) Wiring roads has proved to be an effective means of preventing the accumulation of snow.
B) Recent surveys indicate that ice-covered roads are the number one cause of car accidents in the winter.
C) Last year, the Ministry of Transport spent a third of its budget on winter road maintenance in fuel, salt and personnel.
E) The price of electricity, on which the underground wiring system runs, has been increasing steadily over the past ten years.

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07 May 2016, 06:11
Option C , fits the bills more by virtue of POE. Can you specify the source ?
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10 May 2016, 00:29
Harley1980 wrote:
The spokesman for the Ministry of Transport announced that the ministry has decided to pave roads with underground wiring as an alternative to spreading salt on the ice- and snow-covered roads. However, an official in the Ministry, who opposes the Ministry’s decision, was quoted saying that due to the high initial costs, the project cannot be cost-effective .

Which of the following, if true, most weakens the official's objection to the Ministry’s decision?

A) Wiring roads has proved to be an effective means of preventing the accumulation of snow.
B) Recent surveys indicate that ice-covered roads are the number one cause of car accidents in the winter.
C) Last year, the Ministry of Transport spent a third of its budget on winter road maintenance in fuel, salt and personnel.
E) The price of electricity, on which the underground wiring system runs, has been increasing steadily over the past ten years.

Last year using the salt budget was a third. Maybe this time using the wiring, the budget will be 2/3 times. Will go with A

Also 1/3 budget was used in --winter road maintenance in fuel, salt and personnel. we do not have accurate number for salt usage.

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06 Aug 2018, 04:20
siddharthfrancis wrote:

siddharthfrancis, here's my reasoning:

Conclusion: the project, which uses wiring, cannot be cost-effective

A) Wiring roads has proved to be an effective means of preventing the accumulation of snow.
so? maybe salt is also effective

B) Recent surveys indicate that ice-covered roads are the number one cause of car accidents in the winter.
do we care about what causes accidents? nope

C) Last year, the Ministry of Transport spent a third of its budget on winter road maintenance in fuel, salt and personnel.
so, significant money is being spent on salt? keep

we need a point which differentiates b/w salt and wiring; if anything, this strengthens

E) The price of electricity, on which the underground wiring system runs, has been increasing steadily over the past ten years.
okay... so this strengthens if anything

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08 Sep 2018, 22:25
siddharthfrancis wrote:

I believe this is not a great question. Only thing that supports C is that the option talks about costs...but having spent 1/3 on salt does not say anything about wiring...may be wiring intial cost is more than 1/3 but eventual yearly run rate is lower..and thus many possibilities....

By doing this problem, it comes to my mind what GMATNinja says beware on what you are doing...first focus on OG, they are smart questions well tested ones..

GMATNinja - could you please comment on the same?
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