Good Question: Daylight Saving Time

By: Jeff Herndon Email
By: Jeff Herndon Email

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Last month, we moved our clocks up one hour to begin daylight saving time. That loss of an hour may seem like no big deal to you, but daylight saving time is actually very controversial.

Tonight on Good Question, KAKEland viewer Thelma want to know if there is anything she can do to stop the practice of daylight saving time.

Good question.

First, a brief history lesson. Daylight saving time was introduced in the United States in 1918 in an effort to conserve fuel. After World War I, it’s been an on again, off again practice across the U.S. Many view the practice of DST as outdated and more of a nuisance. Some states have tried to abolish it, like Alaska. No need to save daylight when it’s daylight there ‘round the clock in the summer.

In 2007, Congress extended daylight saving time. Some say if DST saves so much energy, just keep it year round. Why keep moving the clock twice a year. KAKE viewer Thelma wants to know if she can do something to stop daylight saving time.

I found a website called standardtime.com. On it, you can sign a petition to end DST. It also gives you instructions on how to contact your congressman. The current DST schedule runs until 2025, so it’s likely you will have to live with losing an hour every spring, unless you move to Arizona or Hawaii. Those are the only two states that are exempt from daylight saving time. Why? That’s another good question all in itself.

If you have a good question, sent it to me at news@kake.com. I’ll do my best to answer your good question every Thursday on KAKE News at 10.


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