Running on Fumes

September 29, 2005 | The Nation |

Senior Fellow Sasha Abramsky explores what happens to already economically depressed, deindustrialized rural communities when gas prices suddenly skyrocket and workers struggle to get by on $7 or $8 an hour jobs. In these areas, driving isn't a choice, it's a necessity — people are now spending a huge percentage of their small incomes or borrowing money to get to work.

These are people who are continually juggling rent and food and medical bills, who tap their resources days before the start of a new pay cycle and routinely resort to credit card debt and other borrowing to weather the lean times. How, then, can the volatile oil market not be hurting them?