Sunday, March 09, 2014

Saving daylight?

From an old campaign to make Daylight Saving Time the law in the United States.
Hardly a household exists that won’t take a while to recuperate from the arrival of Daylight Saving Time, which started today. Days later, all sorts of clocks — from car to microwave to DVR – will remain an hour behind. Morning minds are discombobulated as people ask themselves: Why am I up so early?

Many also ask: Why endure such annoyance twice each year? The answer: to save energy and maybe ourselves.

As long ago as 1784, Benjamin Franklin proposed a daylight saving time to save on candles, but it wasn't until World War I that the United States enacted saving time to conserve fuel for the war effort. Since more people are active late in the day than early in the morning, extending natural light in the evening reduces the need for artificial light and the energy required to produce it.

The fossil fuels that generate most of our electricity are not an endless resource. Nor is the atmosphere, which burnt fuel continues to befoul. So adding light to conserve energy and cut the poisons we breathe seems worth the semiannual annoyance of time changes.

Perhaps then, a name change is needed, something that better reflects what the time change all about.

How about Life-Saving Time?

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