12 May 2007 pphaneuf   » (Journeyer)

Down with the Daylight Savings!

Two PhD students in economics at Berkeley are studying the effect of daylight savings observance in Australia (which had a partially extended DST during the Olympics of 2000, thus providing useful data on the subject) and are making such shocking discoveries such as "the extra hour of light in the evening is at the cost of an extra hour of darkness in the morning"! No, really? Wow!

More seriously, it would seem that instead of saving anything, it could actually even have had a slight increase in power use. There are also some reports of increased car usage, but I'm finding that a bit sketchy (are people really that crazy? maybe I'm just too much of an optimist).

In any case, at worst, it generated this hilarious comment on good old Slashdot. Heh.

Syndicated 2007-03-12 15:57:38 from Pierre Phaneuf

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