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Friday, July 22, 2005

Daylight Savings Time Nonsense

From AP:
An agreement was reached Thursday to extend daylight-saving time in an effort to conserve energy, but not to the extent the House approved in April.

House and Senate negotiators on an energy bill agreed to begin daylight-saving time three weeks earlier, on the second Sunday in March, and extend it by one week to the first Sunday in November.
I would hope that the sponsors of the measure, Reps. Edward Markey, D-Massachusetts, and Fred Upton, R-Michigan, know that screwing around with the clocks doesn't actually change how much daylight there is, but you have to wonder when you read their quotes:
"The beauty of daylight-saving time is that it just makes everyone feel sunnier," said Markey.

Upton noted that the extension means daylight-saving time will continue through Halloween, adding to safety. "Kids across the nation will soon rejoice," said Upton, because they'll have another hour of daylight trick-or-treating.
Safer for those kids who didn't get run over that morning while walking to school in the dark, that is. And I recall that my brother and I always waited until it was dark to go trick-or-treating, and that still seems to be common practice. As far as energy savings go, people turn on the lights when it's dark, and turn up the heat when it's cold. The clock times these things happen will be an hour later, but the total number of dark and cold hours will remain exactly the same.