Daylight Saving Time Ends

Teresa Olson
By Teresa Olson October 30, 2018 14:10

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Not forever of course – just for this year.  The time change many of us made this past spring has been quite a contentious subject over the years, dating back to when Benjamin Franklin playfully advocated laws  in 1874 that pressured citizens to rise at the crack of dawn to save the expense of candlelight.  Daylight Saving Time’s first true supporter was William Willet (a London builder) who conceived the idea while riding his horse through town and noticing tightly closed shutters even though the sun had risen.

 

DST measures were taken after both World Wars to save energy, and in 1973 following the oil embargo, Richard Nixon’s “Emergency Daylight Saving Time Energy Conservation Act” was found to have saved 600,000 barrels of oil over two years. In 1986 the U.S. Congress approved a bill increasing the DST period oil used for generating electricity could be conserved- an estimated 300,000 barrels annually.  The current daylight saving period was established with the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

 

But farmers have never really favored DST, even though many Americans wrongly blamed them.  As a group, they strongly resisted the change from the very beginning.  They became very vocal after WWI ended, claiming that DST only benefited office workers and the leisure class.  The Daylight Saving Time experiment lasted until 1920 when the law was repealed because of opposition from diary farmers – after all, cows don’t pay attention to clocks!  Even today, farmers’ organizations lobby Congress against the practice, favoring early daylight to dry their fields and a Standard Time sunset for ending their work at a reasonable hour.  Katherine Dutro, spokesperson for the Indiana Farm Bureau says it’s a scheme that changes the relationship between the sun and clock but saves neither time nor daylight.

 

What do you think?  Tell us by commenting below.

 

-Terry Olson, Titan Outlet Store Team

Reference

https://www.almanac.com/content/when-daylight-saving-time

 

Teresa Olson
By Teresa Olson October 30, 2018 14:10
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  1. DA October 31, 12:37

    I agree do away with DST except when I can get an extra hour of sleep!

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