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According to Bora Zikovic in Scientific American, it will take days for our bodies to adjust to the forever lost hour. In point of fact, says Zikovic, we’re essentially “jet-lagged for a few days.” He goes on to say even cows will suffer when milked an hour earlier than they are used to. So, that gives rise to the big question: why? DST was first established when lighting was the biggest energy need, meaning changing clocks saved electricity, but that’s no longer true.
The bulk of our energy is used up by nuclear plants, airports, computers, and factories. The big energy companies have done study after study which indicate that DST no longer saves energy. What it does do, however, in the days following its implementation, is contribute to traffic accidents, workplace injuries, heart attacks and depression. The thought of the blazing Cyclops’s eye for another hour each day depresses hell out of me.
So common sense says we need to stop this outdated practice, but it’s a bit “unclear” who’s in charge of the process. Is it congress? The states? Unfortunately, not having anyone to blame, and no one to fix the damn thing DST may well never, ever be abolished.
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