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July 21, 2005

Daylight Savings Time May Be Extended

Filed under: — Different River @ 1:21 am

Congress may add two months to Daylight Savings Time:

Congressional leaders of both parties have signed off on a proposal, being considered in Washington this week, to start Daylight Saving Time on the first Sunday in March and end on the last Sunday of November. They say it would save energy.

If the president signs the bill, the new law would take effect immediately, extending Daylight Saving Time by one month this fall. Currently, Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. on the first Sunday of April and ends at 2 a.m. on the last Sunday of October.

“The more daylight we have, the less electricity we use,” said U.S. Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), who co-sponsored the measure with U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.).

Ummm….. does Ed Markey really believe that there will be “more daylight” if Congress passes this law? Is this going to slow the rotation of the earth during the day and speed it up at night?

“Daylight Savings Time” doesn’t create more daylight, it just moves it around. More precisely, it moves our clocks around, making everyone do everything one hour earlier relative to the sun’s position in the sky. It’s really just a cultural shift, because people have gotten in the habit of, say, opening the stores when the clock says “10:00 am” regardless of how long it’s been since sunrise.

This seems to me like Congress is trying to get something for nothing. I mean really — if Daylight Savings Time is really such a great idea in terms of saving energy, why not use it all year? Is there some reason why Ed Markey and Fred Upton think we should be wasting energy in December, January, and February?

(Hat tip: Slashdot, where one commenter suggests we call the rest of the year “Daylight Wasting Time.”)

One Response to “Daylight Savings Time May Be Extended”

  1. Don Watkins Says:

    Next thing you know, they’ll be adding hours to the day.

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