Nate Jackson / Mar. 29, 2019

Saving Daylight, European Style

The European parliament voted this week to scrap the biannual time change. Hooray!

It’s not often that we can congratulate Europe for setting an example for America to follow, but a stopped clock is right twice a day, right?

Speaking of stopping clocks, that’s the point — the European parliament voted this week to scrap the biannual time change, allowing each European Union nation to choose its time. Nations that wish to remain on daylight time will spring forward for the last time in March 2021. Those choosing standard time will fall back for the final time in October 2021. It will be interesting to see what countries choose and how it affects commerce and other things.

Last year, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) introduced the “Sunshine Protection Act,” which would allow the U.S. to stay on Daylight Saving Time all year round. President Donald Trump even recently voiced support for doing so. Tongue planted firmly in cheek, we wrote last year, “Totally disrupting the space-time continuum twice a year leads to sloppy work by sleepy people, car accidents and other injuries, hordes of zombie children and a drastic increase in swearing. No rational human wants that to continue.”

We had a lot of fun advocating for Daylight Saving Time, but in all seriousness it is high time America picked a time and stuck with it. Surely if Europe can do it, we can too.

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