Did anyone really think the early implementation of Daylight Savings Time would make a difference? This administration is all about lip service and image and nothing about substance and intelligent action. Is it bashing the administration to challenge supporters to find one energy initiative this administration has proposed or implemented that actually did any good?

The early onset of Daylight Savings Time in the United States this year may have been for naught.

The move to turn the clocks forward by an hour on March 11 rather than the usual early April date was mandated by the U.S. government as an energy-saving effort. But other than forcing millions of drowsy American workers and school children into the dark, wintry weather three weeks early, the move appears to have had little impact on power usage.

That may come as no surprise to the Energy Department, which last year predicted only modest energy savings because the benefits of the later daylight hour would be offset.

Maybe now we can start talking about real solutions to our energy problems.

  1. Thomas says:

    If extending DST from six months to eight months is better, think how much we could save by extending DST to 12 months. ;->

  2. MikeN says:

    One of the Congress’ sponsors lost his reelection effort.
    As for the swipe at Bush, this has very little to do with h im, and Gregg Easterbrook has pointed out the environmental benefits that the Bush Administration proposed and implemented. But none of that deserves any credit because the president won’t sign Kyoto, and more importantly he’s a Republican so he must be opposed.

  3. Smartalix says:


    True, but no matter how you slice it, Bush’s administration is the one managing these regulations. Whoever is is charge gets the credit or blame. If he really thought it was a bad idea he wouldn’t have allowed it to be implemented.


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