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The 5 Reasons To Keep Daylight Saving Time Have No Science To Back Them Up

12 Mar 2018, 15:01 UTC
The 5 Reasons To Keep Daylight Saving Time Have No Science To Back Them Up
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By changing our clocks on Sunday, we’ll allegedly save daylight and improve our lives in a number of ways. Yet, by contrast, the evidence shows a vastly different outcome. (Pixabay user annevais)For most of us, it’s something we just accept every year. But there’s arguably no good that comes from it.Every year on the second Sunday in March, most places in the United States “spring” their clocks forward one hour for Daylight Saving Time. It’s a time-honored tradition that’s always been in effect for the overwhelming majority of people alive today.But why do we have Daylight Saving Time? There are a few traditional justifications* for it, but upon closer scrutiny, they’re all myths.NASA photographs of the Earth at night show us a measure of how much energy we use. While it’s true that we use more energy when it’s dark than when it’s light outside, the total number of hours of night/daylight remain unchanged by Daylight Saving Time… and so does overall energy use. (NASA’s Earth Observatory/NOAA/DOD)1.) It saves fuel. When Ben Franklin visited France in 1784, he decried the Parisians’ wasting of daylight by sleeping in with their windows shuttered. “Saving candles” was the rationale for altering their schedules ...

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