Is Daylight Savings Here to Stay?
By : Marco McEldowney, reporter
On the first Sunday of March, most Americans turned their clock forwards one hour for Daylight Saving Time. DST (Daylight Saving Time) was introduced in WW1, where soldiers were urged to use less artificial light in the evenings to conserve fuel. But a new bill proposed by Senator Marco Rubio challenges this tradition and, if passed, will eliminate switching back to Standard Time in November.
Rubio’s “Sunshine Protection Act of 2021” has a straightforward goal stated in its brief 4-page proposal; “To make daylight saving time permanent, and for other purposes.” The United States has tried year-round DST before, so the bill’s proposition isn’t anything new. The last time it was observed was from 1974 to 1975. The reasons back then were an energy crisis, but Senator Rubio’s reasons were outlined in a Tweet. He wrote, “More daylight in the evenings results in fewer accidents & robberies,” and freshman Arnold Zhen says he prefers DST because he gets more sleep and isn’t affected when it’s over.
There are, as with any other bill, a few downsides. One is that Daylight Savings doesn’t change time; it only shifts what time our clocks say, but the sun still rises and sets at the same time. Keeping the clock forwards in the winter would mean an extra hour of darkness in the morning, which is unsafe for kids who wait outside the school for it to start, or those who walk to school. Either way, there’s no guarantee that the bill will be passed, so the best choice, for now, is to enjoy the extra sun we have.
Most digital clocks are automatically set forwards an hour, but those on your microwave or analog clocks still need manual input. With the new bill, it’s possible that this will be a thing of the past.
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