The lack of gas in the first century did not prevent Christians from meeting in private homes.
Russell and his associates met in private homes despite the fact that most did not have automobiles.
Throughout the decades persons have been expected to do whatever it took to attend meetings, including walk for hours, jump over crocodiles and dodge militia groups.
The gas crisis of the 70's did not affect the meeting schedule.
In countries where gas prices have long been far higher than they've ever been in the US, the meeting arrangement was not disrupted.
Although gas prices are expected to rise to well over $4 per gallon this summer in the US, the book study will be continued for the next eight months.
Now we are expected to believe that rising gas prices are a contributing factor to the decision to eliminate a vital God-directed worship session which has been continuously held for over 100 years despite all of the above inconveniences.
Has anything, ever, in history, indicated to anyone that the value of meetings is influenced at all by the availability of gasoline??
"Full of crap" would be an understatement in this situation. I can't believe they had the gall (or just stupidity) to use that excuse.