From 1880 to 2000 Britain's economy grew fivefold, but emissions of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, were the same o...

farnoushsalimian on December 12, 2019

Why E and not C?

Hi Could you please explain why it's E. Thank you

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BenMingov on December 14, 2019

Hi Farnoush,

The passage states that from 1880-2000, Britain's economy grew 5x, however, emissions of CO2 on a per-capita basis did not increase.

We are trying to find the answer choice that makes a generalization which is incompatible with the claims made in the passage.

Answer choice E states economic growth inevitably increases per capita emissions of CO2. This completely goes against what was stated in the passage; namely, that the economy grew, but per capita emissions of CO2 did not.

Answer choice C is compatible because it is plausible that these technological advances are the reason that per capita emissions of CO2 did not increase.

I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any other questions.