DST = big fat waste

Posted by Nate in Ideas, Politics.
Wednesday, April 4th, 2007 at 10:40 am

Turns out — predictably — that the energy conserving plan to expand daylight saving time has fallen flat: power companies are reporting no measurable change in consumption.  It seems tempting to chalk this up to a "good try", but all signs point to congress knowing it wouldn’t conserve energy — Australia had tried a similar scheme and got no results — but passing it anyway for economic reasons.  Apparently sporting goods stores and convenience stores both benefit from lighter evenings, and via wikipedia I read "both Idaho senators voted to extend DST on the basis of fast-food restaurants selling more French fries made from Idaho potatoes."  Hmm.

daylight-saving-time.jpgNot only that, but personally this has been a big hassle for me: I had to hand patch all our servers at work so their internal clocks would get the correct time.  And I’m just one guy with a few servers – the total estimated cost of the change is $500 million up to $1 billion!!

Wow.  Way to save the daylight, guys.  There’s an energy crisis, look busy!

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3 Responses to “DST = big fat waste”

  1. nator Says:

    Oh yeah, and I didn’t bike today. The wind was terrible and nobody wants to hear that much whining… :)

  2. Rick Says:

    Man, that is crazy. You just tend to believe that if they say it saves energy, that it actually does. And the costs to re-do all the computers, that never gets figured in, I’m sure.

  3. Laurel Says:

    Man, what a waste. That’s ridiculous. Is that why every time I try to change the clock on my computer it resets when I restart my computer?