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Daylight saving shift equals daylight waste (of time)


Here's some shocking news for you — the philosophy behind the early daylight saving change was a bunch of poppycock. Check out the news story: "Daylight saving shift fails to curb energy use."

According to the article, "The move to turn the clocks forward by an hour on March 11 rather than the usual early April date was mandated by the U.S. government as an energy-saving effort. But other than forcing millions of drowsy American workers and school children into the dark, wintry weather three weeks early, the move appears to have had little impact on power usage."

Didn't you wonder, when you first heard about the "energy-saving effort," how exactly getting up earlier was supposed to save energy? Well, so did the "Energy Department, which last year predicted only modest energy savings because the benefits of the later daylight hour would be offset. For example, households may draw less electricity for lights at night, but will use more power in the early in the day as they wake to darker and chillier mornings."

Several large utilities and power companies claim that they haven't seen any measurable impact. With a slight increase of lighting usage in the morning and slight decline of lighting usage in the evening, there is literally no effect on overall sales or earnings.

I'd like to spout off with a bunch of expletives, but I'm sure that the majority of people in this country are rolling their eyes in unison with equal frustration. Maybe next year the government will move up Christmas. I'm sure that there's a good justification for that somewhere.

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