Sunday morning at 2:00 a.m., we will “fall back” once again and gain back that precious hour of sleep that was lost in March when we “sprang forward.” The first Sunday in November – the 2nd – will usher in our four months of daylight standard time which will end on March 9, 2009.
Time change – losing that hour and gaining that hour – has been a contentious topic for decades. While many still believe that daylight saving time is an invention of the agricultural community, it is not. Instead agricultural organizations have been some of the most vocal opponents because daylight saving time requires farmers to work an extra hour each morning in the dark.
An early goal was to utilize additional sunlight to enjoy evening activities. However, the objectives seemed to change depending on necessity with the most widely accepted notion that using DST saves energy. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Daniels assured Hoosiers that moving Indiana into the “modern” age with Daylight Saving Time would conserve energy. Instead, the switch has cost Hoosiers millions of dollars – $8.6 million to be exact.
In today’s world, to argue that daylight saving time saves energy is truly a work of deception. Businesses stay open 24 hours a day and international trade is conducted 24 hours a day. Educational institutions operate late into the night. We live in a 24-hour-a-day society, so to argue that DST will save energy is laughable. But what was truly disingenuous about Daniels’ fanatical ambition to instill Daylight Saving Time was his argument that we would generate more business by observing DST.
As far as I can tell, no studies have shown that Indiana has been the beneficiary of increased corporate business. And I doubt that any will show that corporations all over the world rushed to do business in Indiana simply because we now observe DST.
Daniels simply wanted an issue to flex his muscle a la his Napoleon complex. And why not? His party controlled both bodies of the Indiana General Assembly, and they sure weren’t about to buck the Little Emperor.