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# Unprecedented industrial growth in the country of Remo has

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Unprecedented industrial growth in the country of Remo has created serious environmental problems because factories there lack adequate pollution control systems. Remo is developing a clean growth plan that includes environmental regulations that will require the installation of such systems. Since no companies in Remo currently produce pollution-control systems, the plan, if implemented, will create significant opportunities for foreign exporters to market pollution-control systems

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?

A. The clean growth plan will provide tax incentives for local business to develop and manufacture pollution-control systems

B. Foreign exporters would provide factory-trained technicians to maintain the pollution-control systems sold in Remo.

C. Industrial lobbyists sponsored by local business in Remo are trying to prevent the implementation of the government regulations

D. The regulations that Remo plans to implement are much less strict than those in neighboring nations.

E. Pollution in Remo has caused serious health problems for workers, contributing to a significant increase in the number of workdays lost to illness
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17 Oct 2006, 19:52
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The clean growth plan will provide tax incentives for local business to develop and manufacture pollution-control systems
- so as plan is implemented, more and more local businesses will manufacture pollution-control systems, eliminating opportunities for foreign exporters.
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24 Oct 2006, 11:37
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C would have a better choice if we did not have 'if implemented' in the argument. So A for me.
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interestingly, how come I encountered this question in entirely new gmat prep CAT 5 from the EP2??? is gmac doing its job? lol

as for the answer choices I am not convinced by A as C is equally valid and does weaken the conclusion.

A: if the favourable conditions are created in some industry this does not imply that local business will take use of it and launch businesses. in my country the conditions are very favourable as there is no competition and regulations are loose however the businesses are too lazy and/or incompetent to gain this advantage. hence foreign companies still can enter.

As for C: the lobbyists either can be successful or would not reach their goal. same level of uncertainty here as in A. if they are successful and regulations are not implemented then foreign guys lose.
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16 Jan 2019, 00:29
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Important Takeaway - Whenever we have questions regarding a plan that is proposed, we need to focus only on AC that talk about what happens once/if the plan is implemented.

Common wrong AC traps -
- AC that talks about whether the plan will be implemented or not
- AC that talks about present situation or the present plan
- AC that says the similar plan was implemented in the past and XYZ happened
- AC that says the same plan failed/work in another country/city
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17 Oct 2006, 19:56
I think A will weaken it, since it is encouraging local businesses rather than foreign ones. Not that strong for me though, but the best one of the choices given.
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If tax incentives started reaching hundreds of millions of dollars for big corporations in Remo, then naturally somebody in town would work day and night to develope a system to fill that niche.
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18 Oct 2006, 07:55
I go for D.

I donâ€™t see to which extent A weakens the argument. On the contrary, the tax incentives will foster companies to produce the systems, in a competitive climate. As a result, export opportunities of high quality-cheap systems will rise.

D. If the regulations are less strict, then Remo will start to produce systems that will not fit the regulations of other countries, thus making export more difficult.
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18 Oct 2006, 08:06
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I go for D.

I donâ€™t see to which extent A weakens the argument. On the contrary, the tax incentives will foster companies to produce the systems, in a competitive climate. As a result, export opportunities of high quality-cheap systems will rise.

D. If the regulations are less strict, then Remo will start to produce systems that will not fit the regulations of other countries, thus making export more difficult.

Common "out of scope" trap. Besides, what's strict to one person can be Draconian to another. Guess it's a matter of perspective.
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18 Oct 2006, 08:09
I think it is D as well. The passage says "Since no companies in Remo currently produce pollution-control systems, the plan, if implemented, will create significant opportunities for foreign exporters to market pollution-control systems " Key is Market...the foreign companies will have an opportunity to market their products. In A - they can still market their products. With D it would be more difficult as pollution standards are different.

A is close though...

What is the OA?
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18 Oct 2006, 12:47
GMATT73 wrote:
If tax incentives started reaching hundreds of millions of dollars for big corporations in Remo, then naturally somebody in town would work day and night to develope a system to fill that niche.

Did I miss something?? What is the link to export? In what could that impede exports? The systems have to be produced somewhere before being exported. That is supported by A.
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18 Oct 2006, 14:17
Clear A for me.

The conclusion is the lack of local manufacturers will pose an opportunity for foriegn exporters, this is weakened by A that suggests that local manuf will be encouraged to fill this gap by tax breaks implemented in the plan.
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18 Oct 2006, 23:29
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Clear A for me.

The conclusion is the lack of local manufacturers will pose an opportunity for foriegn exporters, this is weakened by A that suggests that local manuf will be encouraged to fill this gap by tax breaks implemented in the plan.

Fâ€¦..!!!!!!

I misunderstood it! I thought the regulation would be an opportunity for Remo to export, and not foreign export to Remo!
From this new point of view, A is clearly the answer!
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24 Oct 2006, 10:43
So many anwers... good.. =)

OA is A =)
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16 Sep 2015, 03:37
Answer A. local business to develop and manufacture pollution-control systems will be a obstacle that foreign exporters face to market in R.
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21 Sep 2015, 03:49
D appeals a lot but the arguments says, that "the plan, if implemented..blah blah blah...". Hence, the plan has to be implemented and still hinder the profitability possibility.

Hence A
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21 May 2018, 11:42
Only A and C are closed. Nevertheless, in C, "trying to prevent" only shows the effort, not the impact of the result. Hence, A should be the right answer.
Also, even the implementation of the new regulation is blocked, but there are no current domestic manuafacturer, so foreign exporters can still market successfully .
C just states about the general regulation, not the environmental regulation.
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10 Apr 2019, 10:32
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Unprecedented industrial growth in the country of Remo has created serious environmental problems because factories there lack adequate pollution control systems. Remo is developing a clean growth plan that includes environmental regulations that will require the installation of such systems. Since no companies in Remo currently produce pollution-control systems, the plan, if implemented, will create significant opportunities for foreign exporters to market pollution-control systems

Conclusion: The plan will create significant opportunities for foreign exporters to market pollution-control systems.

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?

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A. The clean growth plan will provide tax incentives for local business to develop and manufacture pollution-control systems

If tax incentives are provided, then local businesses will probably produce their own system and hence there will be no need to export. Correct.

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B. Foreign exporters would provide factory-trained technicians to maintain the pollution-control systems sold in Remo.

The argument is whether systems will be exported or not. Technicians is out of scope.

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C. Industrial lobbyists sponsored by local business in Remo are trying to prevent the implementation of the government regulations

Not a strong weakner. We do not know the end result.

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D. The regulations that Remo plans to implement are much less strict than those in neighboring nations.

Whether the regulations are strict or not, the companies will need to use the systems.

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E. Pollution in Remo has caused serious health problems for workers, contributing to a significant increase in the number of workdays lost to illness

Out of scope
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24 Jan 2020, 05:45
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Unprecedented industrial growth in the country of Remo has created serious environmental problems because factories there lack adequate pollution control systems. Remo is developing a clean growth plan that includes environmental regulations that will require the installation of such systems. Since no companies in Remo currently produce pollution-control systems, the plan, if implemented, will create significant opportunities for foreign exporters to market pollution-control systems

Which of the following, if true, most seriously weakens the argument?

A. The clean growth plan will provide tax incentives for local business to develop and manufacture pollution-control systems

B. Foreign exporters would provide factory-trained technicians to maintain the pollution-control systems sold in Remo.

C. Industrial lobbyists sponsored by local business in Remo are trying to prevent the implementation of the government regulations

D. The regulations that Remo plans to implement are much less strict than those in neighboring nations.

E. Pollution in Remo has caused serious health problems for workers, contributing to a significant increase in the number of workdays lost to illness

Conclusion :- the plan, if implemented, will create significant opportunities for foreign exporters to market pollution-control systems.
Weakener will say :- the plan, if implemented, will NOT create significant opportunities for foreign exporters to market pollution-control systems.

Option A says :- The clean growth plan will provide tax incentives for local business to develop and manufacture pollution-control systems. Then the local business will start developing and marketing pollution-control systems. And for sure , few companies in Remo will produce pollution-control systems. So the plan will NOT create significant opportunities for foreign exporters to market pollution-control systems.

Option B is clearly out of scope. How the foreign exporters maintain the pollution control systems is clearly out of scope.

Option C says :- Industrial lobbyists sponsored by local business in Remo are trying to prevent the implementation of the government regulations.
The conclusion says that " the plan if implemented ". So even though the industrial lobbyists are trying to prevent the implementation , if the plan gets implemented the conclusion may follow and so option C is not a weakener.

Option D says :- The regulations that Remo plans to implement are much less strict than those in neighboring nations.
Still the regulation will require pollution control systems and since no local company in Remo currently produce pollution control systems ,the plan, if implemented, will create significant opportunities for foreign exporters to market pollution-control systems.
So the conclusion follows and the option D is not an weakener.

Option E is totally irrelevant. It just says that pollution had many bad effects on the country.
Option A is the correct answer.

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