Dan Dorfman of the New York Sun has an article that quotes some analysts saying that gas could go up to $10 per gallon in a few years. He also shows the international precedent for it.
I’m going to remove myself from this equation for a minute and ask a few questions:
- Minimum wage is $5.85. It would take someone working full time (40 hrs/wk) 20 hours to fill up a 10 gallon gas tank. Even with the step increases, this is a staggering thought. I’m not comfortable saying “it doesn’t matter because in 2 years it will only take 12ish hours of work to fill their tanks.”
- This has implications for church ministry. Especially as we are often waiting for people to drive to us. Attendance will go down. Maybe many of us will be placed back into a parish model.
- What does this mean for our lifestyles? How will you change your behaviors?