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Monday, 18 June 2018

Nobody Likes It: California Moving to Eliminate Daylight Savings Time

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On Wednesday, the California State Senate approved a new law… innocuously titled Assembly Bill 807… that could lead to the elimination of Daylight Saving Time (DST) in the Golden State. According to the author of the bill, California Assemblyman Kansen Chu of San Jose, the biannual practice of moving the clock back and forth one hour is now unsuitable, given the state’s current energy consumption data. According to SFGate, Chu said:

We have so many electronic gadgets and air conditioning and you name it. Back in the 1940s, when they [went] home, they pretty much retired, but nowadays, energy consumption in the evenings is actually higher than in the day-time. Eliminating the much-hated twice-a-year practice could help save money on electricity bills and even save lives.

According to statistics, heart attacks and strokes increase during periods directly after the switch, as diurnal humans struggle to acclimate with a sudden and biologically-arbitrary time change. Chu observed according to SFGate:

Studies show that work-related accidents and traffic accidents actually increase the week after we change the clock.

If California voters approve the measure during the upcoming November general election, it’d generate a new bill that must first pass both houses before a newly-elected governor can sign it into law. The Florida House and Senate passed similar bills. Arizona and Hawaii also don’t recognise the necessity of shifting the clock back and forth every six months.

18 June 2018

Sputnik International

https://sputniknews.com/society/201806181065498264-california-eliminate-daylight-savings/

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