By M.P. Pellicer | Eerie News
Today the U.S. Senate passed legislation that starting in November 2023, daylight saving time will be permanent. It would make the summer time zones permanent. Most of the US, with the exception of Hawaii, Arizona, and some territories, recognizes daylight-saving time.
The measure is called the Sunshine Protection Act which was approved unanimously by voice vote, and now moves on to the House of Representatives, and then if it passes, it will go for a Presidential okay before it becomes a law.
Since 2015, about 30 states had introduced similar legislation.
One poll found that 71% of Americans prefer not to alter their clocks two times per year.
Daylight saving time (DST) was first implemented in Thunder Bay, Canada in 1908 as a way to preserve daylight hours in the winter months. In 1916, Germany introduced it during WWI to conserve fuel. Europe soon followed this example. The United States adopted it in the spring of 1918, but it ended after WWI because it was unpopular with Americans.
Franklin Roosevelt reintroduced it in 1942 during WWII, which he called, "war time". It stopped in September, 1945.
In 1966, it became the standard in the United States with the passage of the Uniform Time Act of 1966. This mandated that all states within their time zones would advance one hour at 2 a.m. on the last Sunday in April, and turn back one hour at 2 a.m. on the last Sunday in October. It was amended later to allow children to trick or treat on Halloween to start at 2 a.m. the second Sunday of March, and end at 2 a.m. the first Sunday of November.
In 1973, due to the oil embargo, Congress tried out a period of year-round daylight saving time from January 1974 to April 1975 in an effort to conserve energy.
According to Breitbart, a similar policy failed in the 1970s when it was mandated by embattled President Richard M. Nixon
The reasoning for instituting daylight saving time is to save energy, but studies found that energy saved is offset by the increased use of air conditioning.
Overall, it appears there's no significant benefit to daylight saving time, but what about the looming energy crisis? Wouldn't every little bit help?
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