President Trump voices support for permanent Daylight Saving Time

On Monday, President Donald Trump joined the conversation on Daylight Saving Time saying that he would support a permanent change.

Making Daylight Saving Time permanent is O.K. with me!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 11, 2019

Washington is one of a few states that is considering staying on “spring forward/ahead” time permanently. This would mean that “falling back/behind” would no longer be observed.

The issue is surprisingly controversial.

Many people are in support of the change saying that it would make things easier and that certain health problems and even crime could potentially be reduced. Others say that the change would disrupt businesses and cause confusion for people that would be commuting between different states and therefore times.

HISTORY OF DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME

The idea of Daylight Saving Time was originally conceived by Benjamin Franklin in 1784. His reasons for wanting a time shift were commerce related: businesses could operate longer and people could be out and about longer.

Around 130 years later, during WWI, Congress enacted Daylight Saving Time as a way to try and save energy. They did the same thing during WWII, but this time it became permanent.

Although it’s a popular belief that it was enacted to help the farming community, many farmers were actually against the proposal, arguing that it would cut productivity and make life tougher overall.

Dr. David Prerau, who has been called the world’s foremost authority on Daylight Saving Time, wrote a book on the topic, detailing the history and even some of the effects of the time change.

RESPONSE TO THE PRESIDENT

After the President shared his thoughts on Twitter, Washington House Representative Marcus Riccelli responded to Trump:

“Permanent Daylight Saving Time is picking up momentum throughout our country and is not a partisan issue, just an issue whose time has come. Among a host of other benefits Permanent DST and ditching the switch will reduce heart attacks, strokes, and even traffic collisions each year. The President’s statement is also a reminder that a broken clock is right even twice a day.”

OTHER STATES ARE DITCHING THE SWITCH

Washington is not the only state that is looking to get rid of the time change. One important thing to note is that in order for a state to officially drop it, Congress must approve the change.

Florida has already passed the change at the state level, but is now waiting on congressional approval.

Currently, most of Arizona, Hawaii, and all the US territories of Guam, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and American Samoa do not observe Daylight Saving Time.

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