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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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