Thursday, April 07, 2005

Beg your pardon? (Um, off topic again)

HoustonChronicle.com - Daylight-saving time may be extended

Maybe I'm the one that is stupid, but could someone explain to me:
1. How changing your clocks = more daylight during the course of a day. Does changing your clock significantly alter the angle of the earth vis a vis the sun? That's AWESOME! I have the power to change the way the earth moves seasonally by merely changing the time on my watch? WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAA!

2. Even if you somehow magically have more daylight (let's just play happy pretend on that issue for a moment), how does this = less electricity use? More daylight round these parts = more sun generated heating, hours of pounding sun on the house = more AC. Also, I've yet to meet a person who doesn't use lights in their house while it's daylight out. Finally, light bulbs are such a miniscule part of overall electrical load, this is totally irrelevant.

3. Why is it that the transportation department (vs.oh I don't know, a more relevant department such as the department of energy) is the one that has come up with a study that claims that we would save 10,000 barrels of oil a day? They are suggesting extending daylight hours magically by changing your wristwatch? You know, being the transportation department and all, I wonder if a study showing how shorter commutes, or more efficient vehicles, or more public transport infrastructure might impact oil use wouldn't have been more effective/believable?

4. 10,000 barrels of oil a day on the 20 million used daily. NOW THAT'S SOME SAVINGS FOLKS!!!!!! A half of a half of a percent! Given that we believe that by the power of changing our clocks, we will somehow have more daylight hours a day, and that somehow more daylight = less electrical load....that half of a half of percent is a result that you just CANNOT BEAT. Who needs hybrid cars, or other strategies to lessen our dependency on fossil fuels!?!

Thank god the polis are working hard for us! I will rest easy tonight knowing that they are working very diligently (on the salaries we pay for) to provide really good hard-hitting solutions for every denizen of this land!

(PS. I think we should just decide what time it is, and then just stick with it instead of all this chopping and changeing, but am agog at this article. AGOG I tell you.)

2 Comments:

Blogger littlefaeriegirl said...

i distinctly remember being in year 6 and asking how people made the sun stay up for longer. my teacher and class laughed at me and thought it was a joke.
i was deadly serious

April 7, 2005 at 4:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I so agree with you. The situation is so ridiculous. Wait until Nell is about 3 with a set bedtime. Then you get to tell her to go to bed an hour earlier!!! What fun!

April 7, 2005 at 5:05 PM  

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