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Hearing on Changing Times: Revisiting Spring Forward, Fall Back, House Subcommittee on Consumer Protection & Commerce of the Committee on Energy & Commerce U.S. House of Representatives


In my research on daylight saving time (DST), I have found that Americans don’t like it when Congress messes with their clocks. In an effort to avoid the biannual clock switch in spring and fall, some well-intended critics of DST have made the mistake of suggesting that the abolition of DST (and a return to permanent standard time) would benefit society. They are wrong. DST saves lives and energy, and prevents crime. Congress should move the country to year-round DST, and if it did so, here are five ways our lives would immediately improve.