Here We Go Again, Daylight Saving Time Begins On Sunday
You may have noticed lately that it has been taking longer and longer for it to get completely dark outside. That's because since December 21, the days have been getting longer.
On Sunday at 2 a.m. Daylight Saving Time will begin. Clocks will "Spring forward" by an hour and just like that we will have more daylight at the end of the day.
This is also one of two times a year that many Americans ask the question, "why are we still doing this?" and it's a great question that really doesn't have an answer. Arizona and Hawaii have figured out a way to live without time changes, surely the rest of America can as well.
The best answer anyone really has on why we still have Daylight Saving Time is because it's supposed to save energy. Even though that claim is exaggerated. You may have heard that we change our clocks because farmers wanted the time change to happen. That's a myth and farmers were actually against Daylight Saving Time according to livescience.com.
Though President Woodrow Wilson wanted to keep daylight saving time after WWI ended, the country was mostly rural at the time and farmers objected, partly because it would mean they lost an hour of morning light. (It's a myth that DST was instituted to help farmers.) And so daylight saving time was abolished until the next war brought it back into vogue. At the start of WWII, on Feb. 9, 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt re-established daylight saving time year-round, calling it "War Time."
After the war, cities and states were allowed to observe Daylight Saving Time if they wanted. It was their choice. It led to chaos and eventually to Congress enacting the Uniform Time Act in 1966. In 2007, the Energy Policy Act of 2005 went into effect expanding DST.
So there you have it. And unless things change, we will be setting our clocks back an hour on November 7th.
Personally, I'd be just fine never having another time change again.
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