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The US needs to retire daylight savings and just have two time zones—one hour apart

Daylight saving time ends Nov. 3, setting off an annual ritual where Americans (who don’t live in Arizona or Hawaii) and residents of 78 other countries including Canada (but not Saskatchewan), most of Europe, Australia and New Zealand turn their clocks back one hour. It’s a controversial practice that became popular in the 1970s with the intent of conserving energy. The fall time change feels particularly hard because we lose another hour of evening daylight, just as the days grow shorter. It also creates confusion because countries that observe daylight saving change their clocks on different days.

It would seem to be more efficient to do away with the practice altogether. The actual energy savings are minimal, if they exist at all. Frequent and uncoordinated time changes cause confusion, undermining economic efficiency. There’s evidence that regularly changing sleep cycles, associated with daylight saving, lowers productivity and increases heart attacks. Being out of sync with European time changes was projected to cost the airline industry $147 million a year in travel disruptions. But I propose we not only end Daylight Saving, but also take it one step further.


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Ditch Time Zones

One worldwide clock.

Dawn will be 0600 somewhere, but 1300 hours somewhere else. So fuggin' what? It's just a number. After a period of adjustment everyone on earth will know what will be the usual time to rise and retire where they live, based on their natural body clocks. Businesses will reset the numerical opening and closing times based on market demand - as they do now - which will ultimately be based on our body clocks.

Schedule a meeting with a client in Moscow. What time is the meeting? Same numerical time in both places - and what's convenient for both - simple.

Board a plane in New York, what time does it arrive - the math for the flight duration will be simple because the time basis will be the same.

Simple. No more 'local' time. No more Greenwich Meridian Time. Screw those arrogant limeys anyway.

When told the reason for

When told the reason for daylight saving time the old Indian said…

‘Only a white man would believe that you could cut a foot off the top of a blanket and sew it to the bottom of a blanket and have a longer blanket.’

Keep the time zones, ditch

Keep the time zones, ditch daylight savings.

Southern Agrarian

I agree

Getting rid of time zones would not work, it would really mess with the "natural cycle" across the country. Just can't make the earth turn any faster for those new time zones.

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