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The end of Daylight Saving Time? Government votes to make it official

Daylight Saving Time is almost always controversial.

And every year, like clockwork, we have the same debate:

Why are we even still doing this?

Fortunately, that may soon change!

According to SFGate, the United States Senate voted unanimously to make Daylight Saving Time permanent.

In a rare show of bipartisanship, the bill was sponsored by Senator Patty Murray, a Democrat from Washington, and Senator Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida.

While the bill still needs to pass the House of Representatives, and be signed by the President, proponents are hopeful.

SFGate quotes House Representative Frank Pallone from New Jersey:

“The hearing showed there is widespread agreement on coming up with a permanent solution and I’m hopeful that we can end the silliness of the current system soon.”

The new law, if passed, would go into effect starting November 2023.

Debates about the change have been ongoing for time immemorial.

Some sleep experts argue that Daylight Standard Time is more effective, since it makes the sunrise and sunset stick closer to our natural circadian rhythms.

Others argue Daylight Saving Time is better, because it pushes sunset later in the evening.

One thing is absolutely certain:

Nobody likes the change

There have been multiple studies indicating a sharp increase in car accidents, heart attacks, and strokes around the change.

But why do we even have a time change to begin with?

The United States originally implemented the idea in 1918 to save energy during World War 1.

While there have been several myths over the years claiming the change was popular for agricultural workers, there’s quite a bit of evidence suggesting this isn’t exactly the case.

Supposedly, businesses supported the idea.

And after over 100 years of arbitrarily adjusting the clock, losing sleep and our collective chill…

The nightmare will finally be over.

And we’ll be free to find something else to fight over every 6 months.

Read more on this story at SFGate.com



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