October 30, 2002

Daylight Savings

Category: Wildcard

YOUR CLOCK: In the interest of keeping this site updated at least weekly, I'll have to jump a bit outside my intended scope of coverage to decry something that I have honestly never heard anyone say anything good about: Daylight Savings Time. Why, oh why, can we not abolish this irritating and useless practice? It is now pitch dark every day before I leave work, and bright long before my alarm clock goes off waking me way too early, and wasting precious hours of daylight, which, in case you don't know, is the opposite of savings.

Of course, we all know that Daylight Savings Time was established to make life easier for farmers who have to rise early. Well, with all due respect, farmers now make up something like 1% of the population, if that. I think the case is pretty clear. How could you disagree?

Posted by Nick at October 30, 2002 11:19 AM


Couldn't agree with you more!!!!!

Posted by: Gaea at November 4, 2002 8:30 PM

Let's just compromise one year, move the clock a half hour, and leave it there.

Posted by: spencer at November 5, 2002 2:50 PM

leave it to governments to have established a rule that the majority of the world would vote down if given the chance. Great Job!

Posted by: Anonymous at January 1, 2004 3:51 AM

Although I agree that daylight savings time should be abolished you need to look into the origin of it because it doesn't have anything to do with farmers. They are generally againts it as livestock do not observe daylight savings time and farmers get up early anyway. DST is about urbanites in the work place as usual inconveniencing everyone else with their issues that stem from the artificial lives that they live. But hey, they are much more than 1% of the population so it's OK, right?

Posted by: Tim at April 4, 2004 10:12 PM

There are 24 hours in a day no matter where one happens to live on a planet Earth.
We all have to work 8 hours in a day under all sets of Climatic conditions . The changing of clocks is a foolish excercise which got to be get away with sooner the better.
It does not save no Energy as one may be of false opinion , rather it breaks the rythem of biological cycle or clock.!

Posted by: abbas at April 5, 2004 3:18 AM

Always amazes me when people get spun about about little things like this. I am compelled to point out that you all appear to have it backwards. Daylight savings time is what happens in the summer. If you want to stay on standard time and let the sunrise be synched with 5AM, Good for you - you must be farmers. Personally, regardless of what you call it, I want to stay on the summer time.

Posted by: joe smith at May 4, 2004 7:28 AM

Daylight Saving Time saves energy. Based on consumption figures for 1974 and 1975, The Department of Transportation says observing Daylight Saving Time in March and April saved the equivalent in energy of 10,000 barrels of oil each day a total of 600,000 barrels in each of those two years.

Daylight Saving Time saves lives and prevents traffic injuries. The earlier Daylight Saving Time allowed more people to travel home from work and school in daylight, which is much safer than darkness. And except for the months of November through February, Daylight Saving Time does not increase the morning hazard for those going to school and work.

Daylight Saving Time prevents crime. Because people get home from work and school and complete more errands and chores in daylight, Daylight Saving Time also seems to reduce people's exposure to various crimes, which are more common in darkness than in light.

The Department of Transportation estimated that 50 lives were saved and about 2,000 injuries were prevented in March and April of the study years. The department also estimated that $28 million was saved in traffic accident costs.

webexhibits.org/daylightsaving/ - Nov 11, 2004

Posted by: Philup Eino [TypeKey Profile Page] at November 13, 2004 12:45 PM