Why is daylight savings time so early this year?

United States
March 11, 2007 3:09am CST
So I should probably go online and do the research, but I'm feeling lazy. So instead, I'll ask all my fellow "posters." Why has daylight savings time moved up so early this year? My mother told me it was because someone at Microsoft made a glitch in the calendar, and similar to the Y2K scare, to avoid major data problems, they decided to just go with it and move everyone an hour forward. However, I was taking a taxi to the airport the other day when my driver launched into this whole discussion on how it was this conspiracy by President Bush. She went on and on, and I kinda glazed over because it was obviously a soap box of hers, and it was also like 5 in the morning, so I was half asleep anyways. But she said it was something to do with a plan to pretend to revitalize his energy conservation mistakes he made in his early years. So I'm confused. It concerns me that a private sector like Microsoft could have the power to literally "turn back time" but it also seems strange that Bush would be on some enegery saving conspiracy. Anyone know what's really going on? Speaking of the time change, I'd better get some sleep as we're losing an hour...yawn!
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• United States
13 Mar 07
I don't mind the time time change in the fall because we get the extra hour kind of. LOL I'm not sure why they changed the time earlier but if it's because it allows us to conserve more energy than I'm all for it. I'm guessing the government spent billions of dollars on funding programs studying the sun rises and sets for the past 10 years. LOL Just a theory.
• United States
31 Mar 07
I have to agree with you. I'm all for saving energy. And I have to say that I love leaving work and having it still be light outside! I live here in the Pacific Northwest, so all winter, I'm used to the sun setting at 4:00-4:30 and walking home from work in the pitch dark. I think this new daylight savings has made people much more pleasant to be around up here. Maybe it's lessening that SAD--seasonal affective disorder that's so prevalent up here! And I'm sure you're right about the goverment spending billions of dollars only to determine that the sun rises and sets daily...and is a great natural energy source. It probably only cost us a few billion dollars in research. Ahhh...gotta love the government!!
• United States
13 Mar 07
On August 8, 2005, President George W. Bush signed the Energy Policy Act of 2005. This Act changed the time change dates for Daylight Saving Time in the U.S. Beginning in 2007, DST will begin on the second Sunday in March and end the first Sunday in November. The Secretary of Energy will report the impact of this change to Congress. Congress retains the right to resume the 2005 Daylight Saving Time schedule once the Department of Energy study is complete. Read more here: http://webexhibits.org/daylightsaving/b.html
• United States
31 Mar 07
Wow, you definitely did your research! Thanks for the very thorough and factual information! I guess I'm just a couple of years behind seeing as this all happened in 2005. Guess I need to watch a little more C-Span and a little less reality TV! Oh well, priorities!!
@sedel1027 (17868)
• United States
11 Mar 07
I am not 100% up on this, but I do know a few years ago Bush pass a bill that would allow day light savings time to start earlier. I believe it is to save electricity. BTW People were worried about the possible computer glitch then, wonder why no one did anything about it.
@sedel1027 (17868)
• United States
11 Mar 07
I should clarify, the computer glitch that is suppose to happen is because we are having day light savings time early. Not suppose to be as bad as Y2K was, but it is suppose to be a major ordeal for large companies.
• United States
31 Mar 07
Well, I guess similar to the Y2K panic, this one was just as much of a non-event. I didn't notice any glitches in my company or airlines or anything. Sometimes people just like to get all worked up over nothing, you know? But I guess it's better to be prepared for the worst...in case it actually ever happened.
@vanities (11351)
• Davao, Philippines
11 Mar 07
as far as what i have understand about daylight savings time...it is when you have advance the time for one hour so that we may get up early and do our work..and that is we save one hour of electricity usage..especially in workplace since we go off earlier...we have experience that several years back...