DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS: Fall Back for Winter

daylightsaving-fall_770x433If people in an area “Fall back” an hour and never “Spring forward” again, are they forever an hour younger than their neighbors?

Of course they aren’t.

DST ended a few hours ago in the eastern United States, with the western half still waiting to catch up a few hours from now.

The State of Utah is seriously considering abandoning the practice of moving the clocks twice a year. Should Alabama do the same?

Daylight Saving Time was enacted in the United States in 1918, and it’s been unpopular ever since. The very next year, in fact, in 1919, the law was repealed and made optional on a state/local basis.

A few years later, with the Second World War in full-swing, President Roosevelt re-instituted DST year-round. The mandate lapsed after the war was over.

Congress passed the Uniform Time Act in 1966 that established DST as a standard, but said that any state that wanted to opt out could do so by passing a state law.

Some places have taken advantage of this clause, moving past the usual public grumbling about the topic and have actually considered ridding themselves of the blight entirely by passing legislation to not officially recognize the hour shift we make each year.

Both Arizona and and Hawaii do not recognize Daylight Saving Time, and earlier this year, Utah was having serious public discussions about abandoning the strange tradition.

From the AP:

“Rep. Ronda Menlove, a Garland Republican, sponsored the measure that set up Thursday’s debate when it passed the Legislature in March. She said several older residents in her district had reached out to her in favor of doing away with daylight time. Rep. Lee Perry, a Perry Republican, also attended and said he expects the issue will go to voters in a referendum.”

The original point of Daylight Saving Time was to become more efficient during the daytime and make the most of the longer days during the summer.

From an objective standpoint, discussions about the position of local clocks seem pretty silly.

Proponents of the argument say that a “later” sunset means a savings in power costs.

Of course this is a bit of misguided argument, especially these days, since we’re much more likely to operate around the clock anyway.

Furthermore, the Sun and the Moon and the stars don’t care in the slightest what time the clocks say in Utah or Alabama or Hawaii. They rise and fall by their own clocks. That is, the momentum of physics that was here long before us and will outlast us by millennia.

From an objective standpoint, discussions about the position of local clocks seem pretty silly.

Regardless, there are personal arguments to be made of the subject. Farmers and ranchers have historically supported the shift since it gives them more daylight in the evening hours to tend to field and flock.

I should point out again, though, that they aren’t actually getting “more daylight.”

The shift, especially when it’s inconsistent across areas, wreaks havoc on transportation schedules, broadcasting times, and business coordination.

Part of Utah’s decision-making lies in the fact that their neighbor, Arizona, does not recognize the time change, which means that they are out-of-sync with a major business partner for half of the year.

All of the states surrounding Alabama recognize the shift, but what if we were the first to stand our ground and refuse to “Spring forward” ever again? Would other states follow our gallant lead?

Do you like Daylight Saving Time? Do you hate Daylight Saving Time? Should the State of Alabama abandon it altogether?

Tell me what you think in the comment section below.

PS: Check out this video with more explanation and history on the subject:

Note:  This video was probably made before 2007 because DST was expanded by four weeks by 2009.

Source: http://www.al.com/business/index.ssf/2014/10/daylight_saving_time_ends_next.html

Related: http://geography.about.com/cs/daylightsavings/a/dst.htm