I personally have never liked daylight savings time. I prefer to be in alliance with the sun, and am constantly adjusting myself to the "real" time. It began as a way to save energy and I can go along with that, but now a study shows it actually consumes more energy because it began when lights were the concern, but now heat and air conditioning are perceived as necessities. A study was done in Indiana when a change was recently made and more energy was consumed. No wonder Bush lengthened the time we have it. It is time to eliminate it. It is confusing for one thing. We went through it one weekend in Rome, and again, here. Ridiculous and it uses more energy. It is also time to abolish the electoral college. The popular vote should count, and that would equalize our votes in CA with those in WY.
The electoral college was set up because of slavery. "The southern states liked the fact that their slaves, who would be excluded from a direct vote, would be counted - as three-fifths of a white person - when Electoral College votes were apportioned."
That period of history is now firmly over.
What’s the Point of Daylight Time?
Santa Barbara, Calif.
WHY do we — along with 75 other countries — alternate between standard time and daylight time? Although many people believe it has an agricultural provenance, daylight time has always been a policy meant to save energy. As Benjamin Franklin argued, if people moved up their summer schedules by an hour, they could live by “sunshine rather than candles” in the evenings.
Energy conservation was the motivation for daylight time during World Wars I and II and the oil embargo of the 1970s, and it remains so today — even though there has been little scientific evidence to suggest daylight time actually helps us cut back on electricity use.
Recently, however, we were able to conduct a study in Indiana, where daylight time was instituted statewide only in 2006. Before that year, daylight time was in effect in just a handful of counties. This change of policy offered a unique, natural experiment to measure the overall effect on residential electricity consumption. We could compare the amount of energy used by households in the late-adopting counties during the two years before they switched to daylight time with the amounts they used during the year afterward — while using counties that always practiced daylight time as a control group.
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