The senators who championed Permanent DST claimed that surveys indicate an overwhelming majority of Americans are in favor of passing this law for two reasons: one, changing our clocks ahead or back one hour twice per year is a royal pain, and two, people hate driving home from work in pitch darkness during the winter months. They also insist Permanent DST will decrease the nation’s energy usage.
However, I bet you didn’t know that we already tried Permanent Daylight Saving Time. (Oh, by the way, another interesting nugget of info I recently learned besides the moot thing, is that it’s not called Daylight SAVINGS Time. It’s Daylight Saving Time, with no “s,” because we are saving some daylight, rather than depositing some daylight into our savings account.)
Anyway, we already tried Permanent DST back in 1974, prompted by an energy crisis that occurred back then. Before it took effect, a large majority of Americans were in favor of instituting Permanent Daylight Saving Time. But after experiencing it for just one year, a large majority of citizens were clamoring to go back to the old “change the clocks twice per year” system.
To make matters more confusing, while senators in Washington were voting to institute Permanent Daylight Saving Time, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine issued a statement cautioning that the move overlooks potential health risks. They claim Daylight Saving Time causes people to get too little sleep, and insist the best course of action would be to institute Permanent Daylight STANDARD Time.
OK, fine, but if we have standard time in June, guess when it will get light in the morning? Around 4 a.m. So, it will get dark an hour earlier in the evening, but the sun will rise an hour or two before the alarm clock is set to go off. No thanks.
Mark my words. (I don’t think I’ve ever said, “Mark my words” before. Does anyone even say that phrase, except in old black and white movies?) Well, mark my words anyway. I predict that if we eliminate clock-changing and go to permanent time, either Standard of Saving, after just one year the vast majority of Americans will vocally demand we go back to changing the clocks twice per year again. And that will NOT be a mute point.