Net Effect Of Energy-Saving Early Switch To Daylight Savings Time: Nothing

from the didn't-see-this-one-coming dept

While the early switch to daylight savings didn't cause many real problems, it was something of a nuisance. Part of the supposed rationale for the early switch -- in addition to reduced crime, less traffic accidents and increased economic activity was to save energy, because there will be more light in the evening and people will use less lighting. Of course, there's less light in the morning, so people's power needs then will increase. So what was the end effect of this early shift? Essentially nothing, as several large utilities say they haven't seen any noticeable change in their customers' power consumption. But don't let that detract from the warm, fuzzy feeling you get knowing American politicians are serious in their hunt for ways to conserve energy.

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    Luke, 3 Apr 2007 @ 6:22am


    Since when has popular vote mattered in our election process? We're a democratic republic - not a majoity rule. There's a reason for the electoral college - to keep people like John Kerry out.

    Secondly, DST has been on the books well before Bush took office. It just seemed like a good idea to bump up the start time (ok, I admit between that sounding dumb and it being dumb someone thought it was a good enough idea).

    Secondly this was backed by a lot of people in Congress...thus making it both a Republican and a Democrat problem.

    On a side note to AC #3, DST was thought up by Benjamin Franklin...I doubt you want him as president at this point (I'm fairly certain he wouldn't take it if elected.)

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