The history of daylight saving time is not very well known. However, it was introduced in the United States in 1883 and in Great Britain from 1918 to 1926. These two countries were the first ones to introduce daylight saving time. Both countries had different reasons for introducing this system. For example, the Americans wanted to save energy and the British government wanted to conserve money.
In both cases, there were several problems with these changes. First of all, daylight saving time caused confusion among people because they did not understand why their clocks changed at certain times. Second of all, many people lost work hours during these changes. Finally, there were other problems such as increased crime rates and reduced productivity.
As a result of these problems, most developed nations have abandoned daylight saving time. Even some developing countries like India and Pakistan do not use it anymore. In fact, the only country that still uses daylight saving time is Australia which does so from New Year’s Day until Boxing Day (Australia is one of the few countries that still observes Christmas).
However, some people still think that daylight saving time should be used to conserve energy. It is true that there would be a certain degree of energy savings, but the costs of having to change the clocks twice a year are not worth this minor benefit. It can be confusing for most people and it can cause a lot of problems such as accidents due to sleep deprivation.
In addition to the current state of daylight savings time, several U.S. states have considered bills to make the change permanent. Their logic is that if most of the country does not switch their clocks, the ones that do should not do so. This is because it would get rid of twice a year clock switching and it would also be a great benefit to places like Arizona and Hawaii which do not use daylight savings time.
One bill was even introduced in the U.S. Senate on 2008 by Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts. This was the first time a senator had done so. The bill would have effectively made the change permanent in all states except for those in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, which borders Wisconsin and does not switch their clocks currently.
The bill did not make it out of committee though.
Another bill was introduced into the U.S. House by Representative Mike Thompson of California in 2009. This would also make daylight savings time permanent except for the same region as mentioned before. The bill was sent to the House Subcommittee on Energy and Environment but nothing has been done with the bill since then.
Finally, many citizens are in favor of stopping daylight savings time all together. One online petition has collected over 15,000 signatures. A similar one has also been created on the White House petitions website. The goal is 25,000 signatures by March 8, 2013. As of this writing, it has just over 10,000 signatures.
If you would like to get rid of the clock changing, you can sign both of these petitions.
This is an issue that could be settled by a referendum easily since only 60% of people have to vote yes for it to pass. I believe that if one of these went up for a vote in each state, it would pass since there are many strong opinions on both sides of this debate and a lot of voters don’t like changing their clocks twice a year.
If a bill to make daylight savings time permanent passes, which one do you think has the best chance of getting enough votes?
United States keeping the time all year long.
Keeping the current system since some states don’t do it at all.
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Sources & references used in this article:
The sleep revolution: transforming your life, one night at a time by D Prerau – 2009 – Basic Books
The Russian Revolution and the End of Time: 1900-1940 by M Downing – 2005 – Counterpoint Press
History of the Russian revolution by A Huffington – 2016 – books.google.com
Abraham Lincoln and the second American revolution by RC Williams – Jahrbücher für Geschichte Osteuropas, 1995 – JSTOR
One time fits all: the campaigns for Global Uniformity by J Dawson – 2005 – Hal Leonard Corporation
History of the hour: Clocks and modern temporal orders by L Trotsky – 2008 – books.google.com