Something to ponder tomorrow while enjoying your extra hour in bed

Like a balloon: squeeze one side, it bulges out the other

Like a balloon: squeeze the middle, it bulges out the ends

Daylight Savings doesn’t save energy and may in fact increase its use.

The historic reason for observing daylight-saving time—which ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday when clocks revert to standard time—is to conserve energy, by pushing sunlight forward into the evening, reducing the need for electric lights.

….  The study, which was published in Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, found that electricity use decreased in the evening but increased in the morning, resulting in no overall reductions in consumption. [Duh]

“We can reject the hypothesis that there are electricity savings,” Mr. Wolff said. The report notes the findings could carry over to the U.S., particularly in California, whose climate resembles Victoria’s.

Similar circumstances arose when Indiana adopted daylight-saving time statewide for the first time in 2006. Previously, only 15 of the state’s 92 counties had observed the practice.

The unusual circumstance allowed Matthew Kotchen, an economics professor at Yale, to examine electricity use before and after the policy changed, and compare a treatment group—counties changing time for the first time—with a control group—those that had observed daylight-saving time previously.

“The change in Indiana wasn’t just a change in the start of daylight-saving time,” Mr. Kotchen said. “It was a place that never had it before.”

The study, which was published in the Review of Economics and Statistics, examined residential data only, but the researchers didn’t believe commercial use would alter their findings.

“Big-box stores don’t turn on or off lights based on whether it’s light outside or dark,” Mr. Kotchen said. “In a commercial building, the lights are on when people are working no matter what.”

Rather than conserving electricity, the study found that daylight-saving time increased demand for electricity. Conditions may vary in other parts of the country, but the study concluded that Indiana is representative of much of the country.

That doesn’t mean daylight-saving time has never worked since its introduction during World War I. But, said Mr. Kotchen, “the world has changed. Lighting is a small amount of energy and electricity use in households. The big things are heating and cooling, particularly as air conditioning has become more prevalent. We’re fooling ourselves to continue calling it an energy policy given the studies that show it doesn’t save energy.”

Another of the Progressive Movement’s failures.


Filed under Uncategorized

21 responses to “Something to ponder tomorrow while enjoying your extra hour in bed

  1. Anonymous


  2. Once

    I thought we were sold it was to increase light when the kiddies are going to school. Or was that just a, “oops, quick think of another answer”?

  3. AJ

    Don’t like Daylight Savings Time, then try this on for a policy:

    ‘“Taxation Must Go Global,” Says German Finance Minister’

    “In one of the bluntest statements on the topic by any globalist thus far, controversial German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble (shown) openly called for “global standards” and “global governance” in taxation to ensure that governments can continue extracting huge sums in taxes from the wealth-producing class in perpetuity. In an October 30 column, Schäuble, who regularly promotes globalism and domestic police-state measures, also touted the global tax-information regime long pushed by socialists and globalists just signed in Berlin between more than 120 governments and regimes.

    The German finance chief, writing for the self-styled “world’s opinion page” known as Project Syndicate, lambasted businesses for seeking to legally reduce their worldwide tax burden by “adapting their structures.” Citizens, too, must pay more taxes, he argued. In essence, Schäuble claimed that because of a globalized economy and business system, humanity must now submit to a globalized taxation regime as well. “Tax legislation has not kept pace with these developments,” he wrote, echoing calls by globalists around the world for more plunder. “They need to be adapted to the economic reality of digital services.”

    Without a global system of what Schäuble called “workable rules,” which of course would require global rulers, governments and dictators worldwide are “losing revenue that they urgently need in order to fulfill their responsibilities.” He never specifies what exactly he believes those “responsibilities” of governments to be. In the United States, the Founding Fathers established a Republic for the express purpose of protecting the God-given rights of individuals. By contrast, countless other governments around the world have been founded largely to enslave and plunder the population. Some, such as the National Socialist (Nazi) regime that once ruled Germany, were created to literally exterminate certain classes of “inferior” people. . . .”

    • towny

      its to undermine, stifle and open closed markets between countries that have free trade agreements. expressly they want world tariffs.

      Ever heard of the Charlie Manson doctrine? The whacky progressive dictators have the same type of plan and its well under way in the middle east, Africa, central America, Ukraine, Mexico, Pakistan, Israel, and the far east. Wreck the countries internally and then pick up the pieces. En slave the inhabitants with debt. Sound familiar? Most of you suckers are paying 40% and which translates to working 2 days a week for free.

    • You’re right, that’s a scary thought, AJ.

      Minister Schäuble made his comments for the Seventh Meeting of the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes in Berlin this week. Doesn’t that sound Orwellian?

      Do we think the representatives from 122 countries got together for the purposes of achieving prosperity thru worldwide tax reduction?

      I guess not.

  4. anon2

    I’m a Winter Personality. Love when it’s dark at 4ish. Daylight Savings may be a hoax but I vote to keep it.

  5. Anthony Fountain

    A probably apocryphal Indian saying about DST: “The white man cuts off one end of the blanket and sews it onto the other.”

  6. pulled up in OG

    So it would take a real bunch of morons to extend DST – at both ends, no less – in the 21st century, eh?

    WSJ links to


    One Hundred Ninth Congress
    of the
    United States of America

    Begun and held at the City of Washington on Tuesday, the fourth day of January, two thousand and five

    An Act
    To ensure jobs for our future with secure, affordable, and reliable energy.
    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

    (a) AMENDMENT.—Section 3(a) of the Uniform Time Act of 1966 (15 U.S.C. 260a(a)) is amended—
    (1) by striking ‘‘first Sunday of April’’ and inserting ‘‘second Sunday of March’’; and
    (2) by striking ‘‘last Sunday of October’’ and inserting ‘‘first Sunday of November’’.

    109th in 2005:
    Senate President: Dick Cheney (R)
    Senate Pres. pro tem: Ted Stevens (R)
    House Speaker: Dennis Hastert (R)
    Senate Majority: Republican Party
    House Majority: Republican Party
    White House: Monkeyboy

    • Republicans also imposed wage and price controls, created the EPA, the Department of Energy, and the Department of Education, and helped ban incandescent lights and forced ethanol down the throats of the American people. Politicians are politicians, regardless of which major party they belong to.

  7. pulled up in OG

    On the heels of a 250% increase in residential air conditioning, “we find that DST costs Indiana households an average of $3.29 per year in increased electricity bills.”

    Wow. Two years of “highly statistically significant” shit like that and you lose a coffee at Starbucks.

    • The point is, it doesn’t save energy, which was the idea back in 1917 when our second “Progressive” president, Wilson, embroiled us in our second progressive war (Theodore Roosevelt, the first progressive to occupy the office of president, started us off with the Spanish-American War), and the reason FDR gave for extending it the next progressive war.
      I realize that in the Progressives world, just because an idea isn’t true is no reason to quit on it, but really, couldn’t we give this one a peaceful burial?

      • pulled up in OG

        Yeah, stupid Wilson. Couldn’t foresee residential cooling loads.

        And to answer your question, NO. I happen to like that it’s light out till 9 in the summer. The rest of you can go suck eggs.

        • There was much Wilson couldn’t foresee, such as the spectacle of thousands of American young men being sent into the maw of machine guns.
          And you can suck eggs in the dark as well as you can in daylight. Try it.

      • pulled up in OG

        Ah, three winners. No wonder they call it the good old days.

        The Spanish-American War ended three years before McKinley was shot. Unless AJ has the Assistant Secretary of the Navy in on sinking the Maine . . .