Daylight Saving Time: Who Needs It?

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Remember: Autumn back or something like that.
Most of you are probably happy to get that extra hour of sleep Sunday, but at what cost? Think of all those days to come that you'll get up before dawn, plus, the drive home from work will be in the dark, because if you're working at all nowadays, you're working past dark either way in the winter.

Is that really worth the tradeoff? Who thought up this load of crap, anyway, and why? It was touted as a way to provide farmers an extra hour of daylight. What's next: We're going to mandate an extra hour of rain -- even during a drought?

"Farmers don't need it," a manager of the renewables division of a major utility said about Daylight Savings Time. That's probably so, because there are only about three family farms left in the country and the corporate farmers, the Archer Daniels Midland Companies of the world, make their own sunlight. "And," he added, "kids don't walk to school anymore."

No, instead their parents drive them three blocks away in their very own SUVs. That's kind of a bummer, because the main reason Daylight Savings Time got institutionalized -- after fits and starts in this country since WWI -- was to conserve energy after the oil embargo in 1973.

The research results on actual conservation actually have been mixed, and not just because of carpooling kids in their very own Hummers. Plus, the most conservation attributed to DST is mainly in March and April, leaving the rest of us wondering why we're jumping through hoops for an additional nine months each year.

Okay, justification #2: "Safer trick-or-treaters" says one of the clouds under "Why?" at this site.

It's highly unlikely this brutish practice will keep children dressed as Peter Pan or a Transformer or a budding Kardashian safer from threats like poisoned Pixy Stix.

And it cuts into time postal workers can be out on the streets, says one Houston letter carrier (Okay, Hair Balls' neighborhood letter carrier). The old adage about "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds" is apparently an inscription on a historic USPS building and no longer the agency's creed.

Speaking of energy, some of the workers most impacted by the DST transition days in the spring and fall are those who keep the lights on, literally: the "real-time" scheduling desks at utilities and other power-trading or -producing entities. They can't just blow off the extra hour this Sunday; they've got to make sure what lights are on stay on, by making sure the 25-hour day is scheduled with enough megawatts to meet their area's demand.

The result, when one utility trades power with another, can create a confusing mess for scheduling authorities like ERCOT if A dubs the extra hour "Hour 25," and runs the same schedule for both hours, but B refers to it as Hour 3, parts a and b -- and trades different amounts and different prices (maybe 3a with Utility A and 3b with Utility B). To mix things up just a bit more, there's not even common agreement on which hour should be deemed the extra hour: Is it Hour 2 (the majority of those in California) or Hour 3 (other parts of the Western U.S.)? Perhaps GOP presidential nominee Herman Cain -- with his amazing grasp of numbers -- should be in charge of reaching consensus there.

Or maybe the "Abolish DST" groups on Facebook or a chat room near you are right.

But there's a compromise, said the utility renewables manager: "We oughta cut out the change altogether," he said, "and keep Daylight Savings all the time."


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25 comments
reeseman
reeseman

We are now on Daylight Squandering Time.

Hopppy
Hopppy

Daylight saving... SAVING.  Not SavingS.You are not putting the hour in a bank and collecting interest.Just because "everyone" says it, doesn't mean it's right.

Kids
Kids

I drive right by 2 elementary schools on my way to work - leave about 7:00 am - I noticed b/f DLS, it was DARK and tons of kids were walking to school.

Louise
Louise

Hi!  When you have young kids Day Light Savings Time is a little tougher to appreciate...I am so sleepy as I am writing this!You might find this post interesting:http://ichoosehappynow.com/201...Cheers,Louise

Anon
Anon

This article doesn't add up - it claims to be against DST, but all the arguments are for keeping DST year round.

CherryBomb
CherryBomb

Daylight savings completely threw me off today! lol

Justdanielle1
Justdanielle1

Gaffin  - WHY?  What is wrong with walking to school?  Sheesh!

WilliamJohnston
WilliamJohnston

What hour of sleep ?  There is not way that you get an extra hour of sleep by changing the clock....If you want an extra hour of sleep go to bed earlier.

godzilla
godzilla

Daylight Saving Time makes no difference to me.  What annoys me is when people call it Daylight Savings Time.

Prof Topkat
Prof Topkat

As far back as I can remember I’ve felt that changing timesbetween standard and daylight savings is just one big pain in the ass.  I’ve long advocated keeping the time eitheron one or the other and be done with people getting to church an hour too soonor an hour late..

Tstclair
Tstclair

After saving daylight all these years, you'd think we would have longer days.

CherryBomb
CherryBomb

I love having my early morning sunshine but I love extra time even more

Robin
Robin

I LOVE DST and (though I dig the extra hour) hate when we go back to standard time in the fall.  I will now have to walk my dog in the dark for the next several months.  And I do mean dark.  I have to wear a freakin' head lamp so I can scoop poop with one hand and hold the leash in the other.  You might be asking, "where's your pepper spray during all this juggling?"  Thanks for asking!  It's in my pocket where, as you might ascertain, it's completely useless as a means of self defense, unless my attacker happens to be very short and very stupid.

Jim C
Jim C

Uh, yeah, kids do still walk to school.  Maybe utililities' managers' kids don't.

Craigley
Craigley

It was not dark at 7:00am

Fazzter
Fazzter

Of course you do. I have one more hour (since I was off during the time change) before I have to go to work. It's simple math.Unfortunately you give that hour back on the "spring forward" adjustment.

LSU#1
LSU#1

HA!  Clever!

Craigley
Craigley

you need a man in your life

Gaff in a Head Act
Gaff in a Head Act

The only way I'd let my kids walk to school is if I homeschooled 'em!

HousGirl
HousGirl

Or you could always *gasp* walk with them?!

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