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Thursday, April 07, 2005

Congress wants longer daylight-saving time

Social Security is going to bankrupt this country. So what are our lawmakers doing about it? Nothing. They're too busy extending daylight-saving time:
Lawmakers crafting energy legislation approved an amendment Wednesday to extend daylight-saving time by two months, having it start on the first 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, R-Michigan, who along with Rep. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, co-sponsored 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 don't see what the Transportation Department has to do with electrical usage, but let's just assume they're right. A drop of 10,000 barrels per day in a usage of 20 million works out to 5/100 of 1 percent. That's equivalent to a 200-pound person losing 1.6 ounces of weight. Thanks, Congress. You've been a tremendous help.


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