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Congress may extend daylight savings time.

Congress is considering extending daylight savings time by 2 months, making it begin in March (instead of April) and end in November (instead of October.)

"The more daylight we have, the less electricity we use," said Rep. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts.

How exactly does extending daylight savings time make the sun shine on our side of the planet longer each day? What, are we slowing down the rotation of the earth?

Go Democrats.

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kyhwana
Apr. 7th, 2005 02:32 pm (UTC)
Double You Tee Eff?
xydexx
Apr. 7th, 2005 02:48 pm (UTC)
How exactly does extending daylight savings time make the sun shine on our side of the planet longer each day?
Your question cannot be answered because it depends on incorrect assumptions. (Extending daylight savings time shifts people's schedules so they're active when it's still light out. Turning the lights on when it gets dark at 8pm instead of 7pm, which translates to using about 60 hours worth less of electricity.)
wolffit
Apr. 7th, 2005 03:22 pm (UTC)
If people want to be active while it's still light out, they'll be active while it's still light out. If they want to be active when it's dark, they'll be active when it's dark. Frankly, I find the whole DST thing annoying.
wolffit
Apr. 7th, 2005 03:30 pm (UTC)
I'd like to argue that people turn their lights on just as often at 7PM regardless of how bright it is out, but instead I'll fall back on why it is that DST was recalled back in 1975.

There's a 10% rise in fatal accidents immediately following the shift in schedule both times of the year. This perfectly coincides with the first time that I've ever gotten caught up in a huge traffic jam on the fairfax county parkway: Monday evening, there was a terrible accident at the burke road interchange. They had the jaws of life out .. and I'm not sure they were /saving/ anyone based on what I saw.

There's also an 8% rise in accidents with school buses.

Yeah, our kids are being killed while we're trying to save electricity using questionable means.

As usual, we go for some fraction of a percent gain and then take two huge steps backwards.

- Keman
xydexx
Apr. 7th, 2005 02:53 pm (UTC)
In other words, we have more daylight because we're using it more efficiently. The same way you get more time by planning things out in advance.
wolffit
Apr. 7th, 2005 03:21 pm (UTC)
Except you don't get more time, you just don't waste as much.
xydexx
Apr. 7th, 2005 09:04 pm (UTC)
Exactly. It's a figure of speech.
kesh
Apr. 7th, 2005 04:30 pm (UTC)
I wish they'd just kill the whole damn idea. We don't observe DST here in Hawaii, and it saves a whole lot of trouble.
nashoba
Apr. 7th, 2005 10:00 pm (UTC)
Yes, DST should go. I don't give a shit what time it is. I'm awake and doing something as much as my physical body can withstand, which usually translates into about 18 hours a day of using electricity... and that's IF I turn off my equipment. :P There are enough people that live like that to make it an argument as to why DST should exist anymore.
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