If you are like me, the switching of clocks forward or backward every six months seems like about as silly as it can get. What’s more, we are not alone as President Trump apparently isn’t into, no sees the need for, the time change in so much that he recently stated he is “OK with ‘permanent’ daylight savings time.”
With this past weekend seeing most of the nation setting their clocks forward, and as a result losing one full hour of sleep, Trump tweeted Monday his thoughts on what many have, for years, been asking to have done—making daylight saving time ‘permanent’—finally resulting in enough of changing the clock.
The tweet came just as the country was starting the 2019 Daylight Savings Time, setting their clocks forward a whole hour, at 2 am, the second Sunday of March every year. Although it is true that when the clocks are set forward in the Spring losing an hour, we gain an hour of daylight through the fall when we actually set the clocks back.
The moving forward and backward of the clock during daylight savings time, according to the Library of Congress, was actually first established in World War I. With the moving of the clock, the country was able to conserve fuel needed for the war machine while at the same time extending the workday.
However, once the war was over, the daylight savings time was no longer mandated. Then, on January 20, 1942, Congress re-instigated the time change during the then ongoing World War II.
In 1966, over twenty years later, then-president Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Uniform Time Act, which declared the changing of the clocks forward and backward a law. The Act is overseen by the Department of Transportation due to the regulation over multiple time zones.
There are some parts of the country and US territories that do not observe the time switch, including Hawaii, most of the state of Arizona, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
In an effort to "extend" daylight savings time, Republican Senators Marco Rubio and Rick Scott entered into legislation a bill last week titled the "Sunshine Protection Act." Although the Florida legislature did indeed vote in the bill and adopted it before it could take effect, Congress must first work to change the current federal law, and the president must then also sign off on it.
With his Monday morning tweet, many believe if the effort were to move along, and the bill was actually to hit his desk, Trump would be willing to sign off on it.
So, what’s the verdict—you decide.
Do we really need to be setting our clocks upward and backward for a daylight savings time?