Daylight Savings Time Ends This Weekend: Do We Really Need It?

Most American clocks will spring forward again in early 2015, when DST resumes on Sunday, March 8. And, as in previous years, the approaching end of U.S. daylight savings time has sparked heated debate about the virtues of springing forward and falling back. (Related: “Time to Move On? The Case Against Daylight Saving Time.”)

What Time is it?

Take the population of Utah, a majority of whom would rather drop DST, according to a summer online opinion poll on the future of timekeeping in Utah, conducted by the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED).

Sixty-seven percent of those surveyed want to ditch daylight savings time and adopt Mountain Standard Time year-round, as neighboring Arizona does.

“There are very strong voices on all sides of this question. We got close to 14,000 written comments, and if you add them together, they are are almost the length of War and Peace,” said the GOED’s Michael O’Malley.

“The strong, repetitive drumbeat in those comments was convenience,” he explained. “Many people don’t want to move their clocks, whether it’s backwards, forwards, or sideways. They just want to pick a time and stick with it.”

Initiatives to adopt, alter, or abolish daylight savings time certainly aren’t anything new. In fact, a dozen or more are introduced in various state legislatures each and every year, said Tufts University professor Michael Downing, author of the 2009 book Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Saving Time.

 

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