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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.
D) Several countries, which have already wired their roads, still use salt as an additional measure.
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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Option C , fits the bills more by virtue of POE. Can you specify the source ?
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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.
D) Several countries, which have already wired their roads, still use salt as an additional measure.
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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New post 05 Aug 2018, 14:32
Can someone please explain why C is the answer ??
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New post 06 Aug 2018, 04:20
siddharthfrancis wrote:
Can someone please explain why C is the answer ??


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

D) Several countries, which have already wired their roads, still use salt as an additional measure.
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

Answer: C
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New post 08 Sep 2018, 22:25
siddharthfrancis wrote:
Can someone please explain why C is the answer ??


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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