Skip to comments.The US needs to retire daylight savings and just have two time zones—one hour apart.
Posted on 11/01/2013 3:31:05 PM PDT by Sergio
Daylight saving time ends Nov. 3, setting off an annual ritual where Americans (who dont live in Arizona or Hawaii) and residents of 78 other countries including Canada (but not Saskatchewan), most of Europe, Australia and New Zealand turn their clocks back one hour. Its a controversial practice that became popular in the 1970s with the intent of conserving energy. The fall time change feels particularly hard because we lose another hour of evening daylight, just as the days grow shorter. It also creates confusion because countries that observe daylight saving change their clocks on different days.
It would seem to be more efficient to do away with the practice altogether. The actual energy savings are minimal, if they exist at all. Frequent and uncoordinated time changes cause confusion, undermining economic efficiency. Theres evidence that regularly changing sleep cycles, associated with daylight saving, lowers productivity and increases heart attacks. Being out of sync with European time changes was projected to cost the airline industry $147 million a year in travel disruptions. But I propose we not only end Daylight Saving, but also take it one step further.
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That extra hour of daylight is what causes global warming!
I like daylight savings. I like all of the daylight after work. I would rather waste most of the dark hours working to have daylight to do stuff. I would imagine people who work mostly indoors feel the same.
I love daylight savings time.
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I agree. I like the extra sunlight in the evenings.
My goats have requested a night light in their shed.
No it's not, besides a few crumdrums here & there I'd bet few if anyone really thinks about it more than a day or 2 after a switch.
Plus, if DLS was repealed people would be very pissed without that xtra hour after work in the summer time
This is an excellent idea. Abolish 2 time zones and just have an Eastern and Western Time with the Mississippi River being the equilibrium.
I don’t blame them. :)
I agree with you. It’s very depressing to spend all the daylight hours inside and leave work in the darkness. For people who work in an office, it means that during the winter months we can never be out in the light during the week. This is terrible for both mental and physical health. Having a hour of sun in the morning when one is getting ready for work is useless.
My goats have requested a night light in their shed.
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The bimbette reporter asked the farmer how he enjoyed the extra hour daylight in the evening.
“Don’t. I just have to get up an hour earlier to get up at the same time and then I am ‘stuck’ with another hour to work at night”.
“You don’t understand. Just sleep the extra hour in the morning and adjust your schedule accordingly”.
FARMER: “Miss, them cows and chickens got to be tended the same ‘time’ every morning and evening, they don’t go by any clock”.
And a ten hour metric clock.
A day is still 24 hours, I don’t think anyone gets upset at “losing an hour”. They like having the extra day light before prime time, though, I think.
From what I understand, time zones were established as a result of the fast travel over long distances that became commonplace with the development of the railroad industry. Before that, every town had their own way of measuring time. It was noon when the sun was at its highest point in the sky, and through all of human history up until the 19th century it didn't matter if noontime in one place wasn't the exact same time as noontime somewhere else hundreds of miles to the east or west. None of this mattered until it was possible to travel over those hundreds of miles in a single day ... which meant that a schedule or timetable for someone getting on a train in New York City and getting off in Chicago had to be based on a uniform "standard time."
Reminds me of the city slicker who moved to the country and asked the township to remove the deer crossing road sign from near his property.
I think the entire country should be on Central Standard Time except for the two freak states.
Employers etc. could always change the time the work day started for whatever time period they wanted.
It would be no fun for IT folks having to patch all the servers with the changes.
I think we should go to a 23-hour day. That would make things interesting.
What's not to like?
Where I live in June with DLS the sun rises ~5:30a and sets ~8:30p
without DLS it would rise ~4:30a and set ~7:30p
Whether the sun rises at 4:30 or 5:30am probably makes no difference to 99% of the people.
However, the sun setting at 8:30 vs 7:30 does have a big positive impact
The United States roughly covers 40 degrees of longitude from the west coast to the east coast so there are three time zones (2.67 actually).
Yes, it is a controversial practice. It’s not controversial as long as you get your way, and some will whine and moan until they get it.
Condensing to 2 time zones may be a bit aggressive, but 3 might be do-able.
And getting rid of the time change would be good.
Set it at either regular/real time or at daylight saving time and leave it alone.
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While medical research shows that that's true it's silly to cite it in this argument.This fact is better used to argue against shift work...particularly shifts at night.I know..I worked for 20 years in a hospital and my first job was on the night shift.Horrendous! But when I got onto the evening shift things improved and then my seniority allowed me to get the day shift and then all was well.
The clocks are changed one hour,twice a year.At worst that causes minimal disruption to sleep cycles...and only for a day or two after each change.
I suspect Daylight Savings Time was driven largely by the fact that after World War II, many of the nation's population centers lie in the easternmost areas of the time zones. I'd include New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington in the Eastern Time Zone and Chicago and St. Louis in the Central Time Zone. Because of this, people in those cities basically operate almost a full hour "later" than their counterparts in the western parts of the time zones. In other words, if I'm in central Indiana just east of the line between the two time zones and the sun officially rises at 6:00 AM one day, it's still 6:00 AM in New York City but the sun has been up for almost a full hour.
Anyone with a 24/7 operations, spend lots of money making sure their computer systems can handle the change.
But hey, we do it for the children.
I always know when a poster lives east of the Mississippi when he considers the the Mississippi River the "middle" of the country. From my vantage point, that's way back east. If dividing the country into two time zones, better to do so along the 100 latitude line-- right smack down the center.
For those that love daylight savings time, lets just set and leave the clocks that way, year round.
The US is big enough to have the four time zones, leave that alone.
Setting the clocks forward and back twice a year is annoying and stupid. How many clocks do you have?
I liked the days when it was a local option whether to have DST or not, and for how long.
Two time zones is ridiculous..shows a glaring lack of knowledge of geography/navigation.
That makes WAAAY too much sense. Like having just one winter and summer blend of gas for the entire country.
I have been surprised how many people don’t know that Florida, West of the Apalachicola River is on Central Time.
I have even had people argue with me.
Anyone who followed the 2000 Election would know that.
I assume you are talking about the lower 48.
Wouldn’t you think they could take a stroll outside during lunch? That’s what I did took a brown bag outside and munched on lunch while walking.
I think we should have inverse logarithmic time.
I’m all for two time zones, but arranged a bit differently, with a 12 hour difference between the two.
One zone would be the east and west coasts, and the second zone everything in-between.
With a 12-hour difference between these two zones, the country will get along a great deal better.
Excuse me, I have to leave to put my house up for sale. [currently live in MA]
And here I thought no one was going to really care one way or the other about this. lol!
They sort of cobbed in one but if you look at a map you’ll see there are only three fifteen degree longitudes across the US.
I love DST. Where we are, sun sets at 9:05 at the latest and doesn’t get dark until 9:30. It gives so much time to do things outdoors at night. I would hate to see it set an hour earlier and rise long before most people wake up. Early and late summer would have very short times with sunlight.