April 07, 2005

Congress Considers a Dark Issue

Lawmakers crafting energy legislation approved an amendment Wednesday to extend daylight-saving time by two months, having it start on the last Sunday in March and end on the last Sunday in November.

"Extending daylight-saving time makes sense, especially with skyrocketing energy costs," said Rep. Fred Upton (news, bio, voting record), R-Mich., who along with Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., co-sponsored the measure. (LINK)
Yes, our congress is busy with the pressing issue of our imaginary time shift. I'm glad they have priorities, because I'd hate to see them waste time discussing healthcare or social security. But there is some basis of financial savings to the measure:
"The more daylight we have, the less electricity we use," said Markey, who cited Transportation Department estimates that showed the two-month extension would save the equivalent of 10,000 barrels of oil a day. The country uses about 20 million barrels of oil a day.
I've got a better idea. Instead of reducing national energy consumption by 0.05%, let's look at ways to reduce the cost the 99.95%? Namely, don't piss off all the countries that SELL US the oil by conducting a crusade in their homeland.

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