More Daylight=More Gas?

We were skeptical from the get-go about this year’s extended daylight savings time, even though some lawmakers claimed that an extra hour of daylight would allow Americans to turn on fewer lights after work. But besides messing with our computer time settings for about three weeks straight and causing one high school kid a major headache, the change hasn’t had much effect.

In Canada, every province except Saskatchewan went along with the hairbrained daylight savings scheme. And we learned from a Globe and Mail article today that in Canada at least, the prolonged daylight savings time has not saved any energy—in fact, gasoline consumption has actually increased, Canadian economist Peter Tertzakian told the Globe and Mail:

"You are given an extra hour of daylight -- you are going to come home and go out and do something. And in our society, 'doing something' more often than not means getting into a car and going somewhere."

The man has a point. So why didn’t Canadian lawmakers listen to him in the first place, instead of adopting the new plan?

Sponsors of the bill claimed the extra daylight in the evening would save electricity because Americans would use fewer lights during the waking hours. With the exception of Saskatchewan, Canadian provinces fell in line with the U.S. measure because they did not want to be out of sync with their major trading partner.

Any Canadian moms out there willing to volunteer a finger-wagging recitation of a notorious cliché about a friend and a bridge?


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