''Remember when the organization stopped the Book Study? Remember the main reason it gave? to save fuel (or as Americans say, gas). Now the average JW who still bothers to attend meetings has to travel further and further.''
I heard them say it was ''to save fuel'' also. This was back around sometime 2009. Not long at all before then, one of their strongest arguments was the bookstudy group was their ''building blocks'' of the congregation, and how the structure of the congregation starts ''there''. Then the complete 180 degree turn with dropping the book groups, with a lame 'save fuel' costs smokescreen.
I think we all know why they dropped the bookgroups. It was to curb 'independent talk' or ideas, and also to prevent any 'legal' ramifications.