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# The United States consumption

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This was posted previously but I still don't agree with OA

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.

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.

I'm still very confuse between B and D. I think B and D have flaws.

B. (the consumption of the United States) + (The consumption of other countries) = constant
The decreasing of the consumption of the United States leads to the increasing of consumption of other countries.

D. The consumption of the United States is 0,0001% of the World's consumption. There are no significant influence...

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26 Jan 2008, 12:11
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B has to be the right answer ...

D does not strengthen the argument in anyway ...
If the other countries have agreed to keep their consumption at the same level, then its +ve for the US to increase its consumption levels ...

On the other hand B tells us that us consumes 1/3 of the worlds resources ...
So if US controls its consumption levels then it would have a greater impact than any other country ...

Pls let me know if this answers ur question
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26 Jan 2008, 12:23
Yeah, you explanation is reasonable.
Thanks a lot!
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26 Jan 2008, 13:51
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walker wrote:
This was posted previously but I still don't agree with OA

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.

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.

I'm still very confuse between B and D. I think B and D have flaws.

B. (the consumption of the United States) + (The consumption of other countries) = constant
The decreasing of the consumption of the United States leads to the increasing of consumption of other countries.

D. The consumption of the United States is 0,0001% of the World's consumption. There are no significant influence...

Is the OA C ?
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26 Jan 2008, 23:54
OA is B
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09 Feb 2010, 13:38
This question was confusing for me, so I searched the forums and came up with this topic. Let me share some thoughts about this CR:

The argument basically says: If US freezes its resource consumption at current level, resources won't be depleted so fast.

Here we have two competing answer choices (B) and (D)

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(B) The United States consumes one-third of all resources used in the world.

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(D) Other countries have agreed to hold their resource consumption at present levels.

I don't quite understand how does (B) help the argument. We have no info about other countries: whether they are maintaining current consumption or increasing its levels. We don't have any info whatsoever about 2/3 of world resource consumption and are basing our argument only on US (=1/3 of world resource consumption).

On the other hand, (D) states that everyone has already freezed his/hers resource consumption, except US. So if US does the same, basically in the whole world resource consumption speed will stay the same indefinitely.

I think (D) is clearly better choice...

Any further ideas/explanations would be helpful
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