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Does Daylight Saving Time Work

Daylight Saving Time: You've Got To Be Kidding?

OK, here's the Public Service Announcement part: Set your clocks ahead an hour at 2 a.m. Sunday morning. And change your fire alarm batteries. Optional: Be groggy for at least a month while your body adjusts. But it's all for the good of the planet, saving energy, etc. Right? Wrong!

Check this out: Since the passage of the Energy Security Act of 2005, extending Daylight Saving Time (DST) to eight months of the year, we were promised a reduction in fossil-fuel consumption by the equivalent of 100,000 barrels of oil a day. That promise was based on data from 1974, when Richard Nixon moved the clocks ahead in the midst of an energy crisis. The U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) officials even admit "the jury is still out on the potential national energy savings."

Plus! No matter how powerful Congress fancies itself, even they cannot legislate the rotation of the earth. There will be the same amount of daylight today as there is tomorrow, give or take the odd minute. With this vigilante monkeying with the clocks, we working folk will be forced to wake in the dark, as the planet has not yet caught up. Sunrise won't come until 7:12 a.m. That's practically noon, folks. They call it Standard Time for a reason. And come on people, it's not good for the cows, and they don't even have clocks! Arizona never looked so smart.

Finally, in the words of my wise mother, "If you want more daylight, get up earlier."

What do you think? Are you with me, or are you loving the "extra" daylight?

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ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 9 years
ARGH! i hate getting up in the morning when it's still dark, driving to work when it's still dark, and arriving at work when it's still dark.
sweetrae80 sweetrae80 9 years
i love it because i get depressed when it's dark so early in the evening-otherwise, it sucks to "spring forward" because it messes up my schedule
mjane79 mjane79 9 years
I think changing time is silly, but I do like there to be more daylight when I get home from work as opposed to when I am getting ready for work. Why can't we just stay on this time all year? I don't see how it saves any energy, instead of turning on lights at night, I'm having to turn on more in the morning. We just shifted the time of day we use the energy. I did grow up in Indianapolis until about the age of 12, and we didn't change time. Now they do but I got used to not changing time. Even though I'm 29 now, I still have a hard time with the time change.
SanDiegoLove SanDiegoLove 9 years
Come on ladies it's really not a big deal! I, for one, appreciate being able to sleep later because the sun isn't blaring in my window...AND having some daylight left when I get home. That way I'm not walking my dog or jogging in the dark. That "get up earlier" saying isn't really practical for me. Sure I'll have more light but it's colder in the morning than it is in the evening when I get home. It makes my whole day a lot less depressing because I If it's really that hard for you to adjust, buy some melatonin. Take half a pill 30 minutes before you need to be asleep and you should adjust after a day or two.
j2e1n9 j2e1n9 9 years
Well, definitely dont move to Arizona! ;) What I love about it is that it stays darker in the mornings, too, making it easier to sleep in. Last week the sun was blaring at like 6 am and totally woke me up! And I love how in the Summer it stays light until like 9 pm I swear... I basically just love it, its totally part of the changing of the seasons too :)
demeter demeter 9 years
Yuck.
kaenai kaenai 9 years
I don't like it, but I don't sleep that well anyway. I dislike it mainly because it's ridiculous. There's no saving energy (we turn our lights on an hour earlier), and there's no extra daylight. Old El Sol is getting up at about the same time every day, and setting at around the same time every evening. The changes in daylight are because of the seasons, and because of the angle of the Earth's rotation, not because someone changed the setting of a clock. I've considered moving to Phoenix anyway, recently, and this is quite the impetus.
colleenb colleenb 9 years
I can't believe there's no S.
Hootie Hootie 9 years
DST sucks!
chatondeneige chatondeneige 9 years
I've lived in AZ most of my life, and this is my first year with DST. It's terrible! :(
esk4 esk4 9 years
i had no trouble getting up at my normal time this morning. My body just naturally adjusts
GeriAnne1932 GeriAnne1932 9 years
Most of us, by the time we are adults, have lived with it all of our lives. It's a part of life. I think it's exciting because it means spring is on it's way....why do people have to always complain about something? It's just one hour and I don't really think most people have that hard of a time adjusting...maybe if we didn't focus on it so much we'd just adjust and move on. I mean, it happens on a Sunday which is good for most of us because at least we don't have to be at work at 8am....and you know it's coming weeks in advance...I just don't see the huge deal of "hating it"
CoconutPie CoconutPie 9 years
What I hate is that all countries don't do it on the same day. Here in Canada we're now doing it at the same time as the USA do it, but in Europe they're doing it later. And in some countries they just don't do it at all. Not easy for businesses!
Berlin Berlin 9 years
Mmmm maybe it's just me, but I'm here in Florida, and DST has never really been an issue with me having to adjust to. Just that first night when you're out at the clubs, then two hits and instead of it being last call, it's BAM clubs close down b/c now it's "3." Which is why I always love it when it falls back..b/c then it's like woah, we get an extra hour to party. And then my life goes back to normal:) It really messes with that many people's bodies and sleep cycles??
megania megania 9 years
I'm in Arizona too! My clock will stay the same. I grew up with DST. I don't miss it at all.
ALSW ALSW 9 years
I like having more daylight that I can actually use. We don't get home until 7 now and it's dark by then. At least if darkness lasts longer in the morning then I get more light at night!
Trixie6 Trixie6 9 years
I hate DST. It takes me forever to get used to it & I feel like crap until I do.
philleif philleif 9 years
I'm protesting by setting my clocks backwards 23 hours.
BlairBear BlairBear 9 years
I used to live in NC and NEVER got used to it and now that I've moved back to AZ, it's no nice! So, I agree, it's ridiculous.
BlairBear BlairBear 9 years
I live in AZ, no DST for me! Ha ha ha ha, suckers! :ROTFL:
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 9 years
haha. It was just proven by researchers that Daylight Savings Time does NOT save any money. It costs more, as I had always thought lol. People turn on their air conditioners!! Hello :)
insanitypepper insanitypepper 9 years
"If you want more daylight, get up earlier." It's already still dark when I get up, and I find it nearly impossible to get out of bed in the dark. I would appreciate having an "extra" hour of daylight in the morning so much more.
menthadict menthadict 9 years
Why can't we just have dsl all the time...then we'd be used to it and not have to play arou nd with our clocks.
megnmac megnmac 9 years
Hahaha, I actually do live in Az... and having grown up without switching clocks, it always seemed pretty ridiculous everywhere else I've lived. I use my phone alarm too, and am pretty glad I didn't ever have foxie's issues with the automatic system! When I was living in California, a guy once asked 'Isn't it weird not having DST?' I was a little dumbfounded - b/c, no, it was never weird that my clock didn't change randomly throughout the year. There is the same amount of sun, and the sudden and arbitrary change of an hour was always hard on my system... Yay Az!
onabanana onabanana 9 years
it's supposed to help reduce energy consumption but I read or heard somewhere that it actually does the opposite. If this is true then, Daylight savings is silly. I also really screws up my sleep cycle for the first week.
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