Michael Hampton has announced that the United States of America has just been granted four extra weeks of Daylight Saving Time, beginning in 2007. President George W. Bush signed the bill granting an extra month of DST today, August 8th 2005, in order to lower energy consumption … by forcing Americans to use lights and electric heating during early morning hours, rather than early evening hours. There is, as always, some cause for concern. According to the Associated Press:
Some parents and school officials worry that in mid-March their children will be waiting for school buses in the early morning darkness. Farmers complain the time change adversely affects livestock, especially dairy cows, disrupting milking schedules.
Michael has also mentioned a few valid concerns of his own:
In addition, all computers will need a software update, and many electronic devices with internal clocks will need to be updated or replaced.
Will the extra month of DST and its local effects have a negative impact on global elements, such as world trade and the world economy in general? Only time will tell. With one and half years left before the change, there is at least some hope the we may be prepared before it is upon us.