A Pennsylvania legislator wants to turn back the clock — permanently. According to a story by Ashley Paul reported on FOX 43 News (York), State Representative Russ Diamond has proposed giving the boot to Daylight Savings time, calling it “a thing of the past.”
The U.S. has been setting the clock ahead one hour during the summer months ever since World War I when it was mandated as an energy-saving initiative. Most areas of the United States observe the practice, the exceptions being Arizona, Hawaii, and the territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
But Diamond reportedly said, “The truth of the matter is the energy savings from Daylight Savings Time has been negligible at best.” And, causes more harm than good, claiming that changing sleep patterns interferes with physical and mental health and takes a toll on Pennsylvania’s farming industry.
“Cows don’t wear watches,” he was quoted as saying. “Their milk production is on a certain schedule. And if you get out there an hour early, the cow is going to look at you and say, ‘What are you doing here? It’s not time to be milked yet.’ And in the fall if you get out there an hour late, the cow is gonna say, ‘Where were you? My udders were full an hour ago.’”
Not everyone agrees that the practice should go, however, including Arthur Weatherholtz of Palmyra. “As a landscaper, I think it would shorten our day,” he was quoted as saying. “With Daylight Savings Time, we’re able to work until six o’clock at night, but without it, you’re cut ‘til 4:30."
Diamond thinks that if Pennsylvania nixes Daylight Savings Time, surrounding states will follow suit. If this idea does indeed catch fire in other states, it seems logical that it would face opposition from other members of the green industry besides Weatherholtz.
Other Pennsylvanians don’t like the idea, either. “I’m more active during the Daylight Savings Time hours,” Carl Leach of Upper Lebanon Township told Paul. “It gives you more time to do things outside."
“Can you imagine going to a ball game in New Jersey and having to worry about the time difference?” Diane Illyes of Lebanon reportedly said.
But Diamond says his proposal has already gained bipartisan support, and only makes sense for the future. “I just want Pennsylvanians to stop losing sleep over this issue," he was quoted as saying.
The bill will be referred to the State Government Committee for discussion before continuing through the legislature. Diamond hopes to see the change go into effect by 2020.