I think Congress should stop messing around with the date Daylight Savings Time (DST) starts. The costs in applying software patches for it probably far exceeds any supposed benefits. It turns out there are no energy savings benefits from earlier DST - at least according electric utilities.
The move to turn the clocks forward by an hour on March 11 rather than the usual date in early April was mandated by the federal government as an energy-saving effort — but the move appears to have had little impact on power usage.
"We haven't seen any measurable impact," said Jason Cuevas, spokesman for Southern Co., one of the nation's largest power companies, echoing comments from several large utilities.
So morons in Washington DC put us all through a lot of convenience and for no benefit at all. The nation is in need of some old fashioned small-c conservatism of the "stop trying to social engineer us" variety. Governments know less than they act like they do. Remember that.
|Share |||By Randall Parker at 2007 April 04 10:47 PM Economics Energy|