QUESTION TYPE: Point at Issue
ARGUMENTS: The plant manager thinks that a new process could greatly reduce the amount of sulfur dioxide that is released. But the new process will cost a lot and won’t bring any profits.
The supervisor generally agrees but points out that the new furnaces are actually quite cheap to run.
ANALYSIS: The supervisor makes this easy for us. He has one point of disagreement. He thinks that the new furnace is cheaper to run.
He agrees with the conclusion however, and he doesn’t say anything about the other points made by the manager.
- They both agree that the new process would release less sulfur dioxide.
- CORRECT. The plant manager thinks the new process is more expensive. The supervisor points out that new furnaces are actually quite cheap to run.
- The supervisor says that he agrees with the conclusion that the new process won’t bring profit. Technically neither of them say whether to adopt the new technology (e.g. for PR or legal reasons)
- The supervisor says the new process is more fuel efficient. The manager doesn’t express an opinion.
- The supervisor doesn’t express an opinion on this.
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