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Postby StlSluggers » Thu Apr 07, 2005 1:19 pm

CNN.com wrote:WASHINGTON (AP) -- If Congress passes an energy bill, Americans may see more daylight-saving time.

Lawmakers crafting energy legislation approved an amendment Wednesday to extend daylight-saving time by two months, having it start on the first Sunday in March and end on the last Sunday in November.

"Extending daylight-saving time makes sense, especially with skyrocketing energy costs," said Rep. Fred Upton, R-Michigan, who along with Rep. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, co-sponsored the measure.

The amendment was approved by the House Energy and Commerce Committee that is putting together major parts of energy legislation likely to come up for a vote in the full House in the coming weeks.

"The more daylight we have, the less electricity we use," said Markey, who cited Transportation Department estimates that showed the two-month extension would save the equivalent of 10,000 barrels of oil a day.

The country uses about 20 million barrels of oil a day.

Can't say I would complain...
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Postby BigMusky » Thu Apr 07, 2005 1:31 pm

I have been asking for this for EVER!!! I hate it when I lose an hour of fishing time in the fall just because some old fart that wakes up at 5:00Am likes the sun.
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Postby Iguana » Thu Apr 07, 2005 4:02 pm

there is no reason not to do this. everyone likes the extra daylight after work, and it will save us energy
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Postby acsguitar » Thu Apr 07, 2005 6:54 pm

Iguana wrote:there is no reason not to do this. everyone likes the extra daylight after work, and it will save us energy


yea extra daylight after work is nice
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Postby DieHardCubbie » Thu Apr 07, 2005 8:22 pm

I think this is a great idea.... ;-D

Shorten up winter and give us a little more time outside...sounds great to me... ;-D
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Postby SaintsOfTheDiamond » Thu Apr 07, 2005 9:50 pm

Why can't they just make it year round? Great news though, hope it passes. :-)
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Postby blankman » Thu Apr 07, 2005 10:07 pm

cool ;-D
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Postby Kingctb27 » Thu Apr 07, 2005 10:09 pm

This sounds like a great idea, but when we have an extra hour of football practise everyday, it doesn't seem like a good idea at all :-o
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Postby Madison » Fri Apr 08, 2005 12:21 am

Sounds like a good idea to me. ;-D
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Postby JTWood » Fri Jul 22, 2005 6:40 pm

CNN.com wrote:WASHINGTON (AP) -- An agreement was reached Thursday to extend daylight-saving time in an effort to conserve energy, but not to the extent the House approved in April.

House and Senate negotiators on an energy bill agreed to begin daylight-saving time three weeks earlier, on the second Sunday in March, and extend it by one week to the first Sunday in November. The House bill would have added a month in the spring and another in the fall.

According to some senators, farmers complained that a two-month extension could adversely affect livestock, and airline officials said it would have complicated scheduling of international flights.

"We ought to take a hard look at this before we jump into it," said Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, who questioned how much oil savings the extension would produce.

Reps. Edward Markey, D-Massachusetts, and Fred Upton, R-Michigan, agreed to scale back their original proposal, and Senate negotiators accepted the new version, along with a call for a study on how much daylight-saving time actually affects oil consumption.

"The beauty of daylight-saving time is that it just makes everyone feel sunnier," said Markey.

Upton noted that the extension means daylight-saving time will continue through Halloween, adding to safety. "Kids across the nation will soon rejoice," said Upton, because they'll have another hour of daylight trick-or-treating.

Lawmakers said they hoped to complete the energy legislation next week.

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