Daylight time: Gimmick or good idea?

July 27, 2005

Daylight saving time stirs controversy: supporters claim it saves energy, opponents say it disrupts international travel and is dangerous for children.

ABC News notes one of the sponsors of legislation to expand DST, Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., says, "The beauty of daylight saving time is that it just makes everyone feel sunnier."

The proposed change would start DST three weeks earlier, on the second Sunday in March, and end it a week later in the fall, on the first Sunday in November.

Debate is ending and the idea may be voted on in Congress this week.

U.S. airlines say the law will throw U.S. international schedules out of sync with Europe, costing $147 million and disrupting overseas travel. The PTA argues children will be forced to go to school in the dark, increasing the risk of accidents.

"One hundred years ago when they first proposed this, they said it was about saving energy," said Michael Downing, author of "Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Saving Time."

"This has never been realized, no matter how many times they say it," he said. "Instead it's a tremendous way to get Americans to spend more money."

Copyright 2005 by United Press International

Explore further: Sustainability of the built environment

Related Stories

Sustainability of the built environment

May 8, 2015

In times of limited resources and continued evidence of significant climate change, sustainability is increasingly regarded as a topic of global importance. Consider areas such as design, energy, and materials: These core ...

Daylight savings time can be dangerous

March 14, 2011

Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 13, but a word of caution. Studies have found that losing an hour can be hazardous for your health.

Top ten reptiles and amphibians benefitting from zoos

August 29, 2014

A frog that does not croak, the largest living lizard, and a tortoise that can live up to 100 years are just some of the species staving off extinction thanks to the help of zoos, according to a new report.

Honda smart home offers vision for zero carbon living

March 26, 2014

Honda and the University of California, Davis, today marked the opening of Honda Smart Home US, showcasing technologies that enable zero net energy living and transportation. The home in UC Davis West Village is capable of ...

Solar powered computers for Africa

January 28, 2014

A business which is based at the University of Nottingham Innovation Park (UNIP) has developed a unique solar-powered computing solution which is being used by students in Africa.

Recommended for you

Innovations from the wild world of optics and photonics

August 2, 2015

Traditional computers manipulate electrons to turn our keystrokes and Google searches into meaningful actions. But as components of the computer processor shrink to only a few atoms across, those same electrons become unpredictable ...

Shedding light on millipede evolution

August 2, 2015

As an National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded entomologist, Virginia Tech's Paul Marek has to spend much of his time in the field, hunting for rare and scientifically significant species. He's provided NSF with an inside ...

Better together: graphene-nanotube hybrid switches

August 2, 2015

Graphene has been called a wonder material, capable of performing great and unusual material acrobatics. Boron nitride nanotubes are no slackers in the materials realm either, and can be engineered for physical and biological ...

0 comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.