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Complete Question Explanation

Main Point. The correct answer choice is (A)

The author concludes that Baumgartner’s comparison of the environmental hazards of gasoline-powered cars with those of electric cars is misleading. The rest of the argument presents a series of facts that are designed to establish this. Since this is a Main Point question, it is unnecessary to focus on the details presented in the premises – your primary goal is to correctly identify the conclusion of the argument and look for an answer that paraphrases it. Answer choice (A) most closely parallels the idea in the first sentence of the stimulus and is therefore correct.

Answer choice (A): This is the correct answer choice. See discussion above.

Answer choice (B): While this is an inference that can be deduced from the last premise of the argument, it is not its main conclusion. This answer choice is incorrect.

Answer choice (C): Even though Baumgartner’s comparison may be misleading, his data was not inaccurate. The LSAT author seldom uses inaccurate data in presenting studies or surveys: chances are, the evidence is accurate, but inconclusive. This answer choice is incorrect.

Answer choice (D): This is a principle supporting the idea in the first sentence of the stimulus, not the argument’s main conclusion. This answer choice is incorrect.

Answer choice (E): We have insufficient evidence to infer that the production of gasoline-powered cars creates more environmental hazards than that of electric cars. Since there is no proof for this claim in the stimulus, this answer choice is incorrect.

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