Mr. Rubel: Limits on offshore oil drilling here have cost people a lot of money over the past years
because of the high price of importing oil.
Ms. Cooper: No, relying on imported oil has meant that we have had to use less energy. This has let us concentrate on other sources.
Which of the following most strengthens Ms. Cooper's attempt to refute Mr. Rubel's claim?
A. There are high taxes on imported oil.
B. There has been a significant decline in oil consumption over the past years.
C. Present savings on energy are partly due to offshore drilling.
D. Efforts to find alternative energy sources have often not worked out.
E. Energy experts try to explore all options.
The argument strongly supports Ms. Rubel’s argument by supporting her statement on lower oil consumption.
Answer - Choice B
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