(PBS) One hundred years after Congress passed the first daylight saving legislation more and more people are doubting the wisdom of changing the clocks. In August the EU Commission proposed ending the biannual practice. Last winter lawmakers in Florida passed the Sunshine Protection Act" which will make daylight saving a year-round reality in the Sunshine State. If approved by the federal government this will effectively move Floridas residents one time zone to the east aligning cities from Jacksonville to Miami with Nova Scotia rather than New York and Washington D.C. The cost of rescheduling international and interstate business and commerce hasnt been calculated. Instead relying on the same overly optimistic math that led the original proponents of daylight saving to predict vast energy savings crisper farm products harvested before the morning dew dried and lessened eye strain for industrial workers Florida legislators are lauding the benefits of putting more sunshine in our lives." Its absurd and fitting that a century later opponents and supporters of daylight saving are still not sure exactly what it does. Despite its name daylight saving has never saved anyone anything. But it has proven to be a fantastically effective driver of retail spending. Read More
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