By Bora Zivkovic |
March 10, 2013
The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.
I was on CBS San Francisco affiliate the other day, discussing the contents of my Thursday post about the need to abolish Daylight Saving Time. You can watch the clip here:
Yep, DST is just another stunt politicians pull to pretend they are doing something about Energy & Climate Change while in reality doing ZIP. Politicians LUV SPIN, and pretend solutions. DST is just another stupid political gimmick.
DST varies in its usefulness depending upon latitude. It is particularly nice for those in the band between say 43 and 52 degrees north. Working people and students live in darkness before and after work which is indoors. We make up for it by spending a lot of time outdoors during the evening. Some of my favorite hours are during those long evenings when it is still almost daylight at 10pm.
North of this band there is so much light in the summer it is not all that useful, and down south the days and nights do not vary all that much.
I’m not sure I care. Tradition? I like more light in the evening here in the upper reaches of the midwest. It’s not worth the discussion.
There is a point to challenge people for change. People will then become more aware and more creative. DST is something everybody can understand and therefore accept easily.
I live in the Sunshine State (Florida. I don’t pretend to speak for others, but would prefer year-round DST. Unlike an earlier comment, “down South” it still gets dark too early in Fall-Winter-Spring for people to make good recreational use of daylight after normal working hours – which includes kids who stay home to watch TV and play video games instead of outdoor sports. What’s the good of our marvelous sunshine if it wasted on indoor work and school hours?
As the author says, the Great Leap Forward is harder than the fall back to “Standard” Time. Why do we call it that, when it’s only 23 weeks compared to Daylight Time’s 29? My wife was born at 12:25 AM on July 26, but her birth certificate had the time shown as 11:25 PM on July 25. When questioned, the hospital staffer said “We go by God’s Time.” Would they get away with that under Obamacare?
mmth42 – I’d be worried in a hospital that is run by God’s time”. On the other hand, injecting your own political snarky quip into a thread that has nothing to do with politics is bad manners.
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