Congress to extend Daylight Saving Time by two months

thaJack.com alerted me that Congress is considering a bill to extend Daylight Saving Time in the U.S. by two months.

The proposal would start Daylight Saving Time on the first Sunday in March and end it on the last Sunday in November. Currently, Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 am on the first Sunday in April and ends at 2:00 am on the last Sunday in October.

[Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) and Rep. Fred Upton (D-MI)] cited a government study that estimated the additional energy savings at the equivalent of 100,000 barrels of oil a day, or about half of 1 percent of the nation’s daily oil consumption. Most of the energy saved would be in the form of electricity because lights would be used less in the early evenings, the study projected. — Chicago Sun-Times

This has fire and child safety officials concerned about children walking to school in darkness in the mornings, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) has a good summary of the pros and cons of extending Daylight Saving Time. Well worth a read.