By: VIVIAN KRINGLE
Daylight saving time has been a system for many years in order to extend daylight hours for as long as possible and limit energy usage by setting the clocks forward in March and back in November. Reducing the energy usage was especially helpful during World War One originally in Germany and Australia “The rationale was to minimize the use of artificial lighting to save fuel for the war effort.” says in an article from Date and Time.
The California state representative Kansen Chu stated “studies show that this is no longer the case. We are no longer saving energy … It is time that we as a state reconsider whether this is still beneficial to our residents.” A movement occurred where many people argued that it would be more beneficial if we didn’t do daylight savings. Some argued sticking with standard time but the majority of people wanted to have constant Daylight saving time by moving the time forward in March and not setting it back at the end of the year giving us more evening sunlight and a delayed sunrise.
The current two states that don’t participate in setting their times back and forward is Hawaii and Arizona but in 2018 California, Oregon, and other states held a vote on whether or not they should stop Daylight Saving time. Citizens in California approved the vote making Daylight Saving Year round and not setting the clocks back again in November.
The movement of making Daylight saving time permanent was supported with a flood of people and voters. Even President Trump tweeted “Making Daylight Saving Time permanent is O.K. with me!” in support of the idea of not falling back into standard time. Although, we are still awaiting the bill to pass through state Legislature and Congress in order for it to be put into place in the future which is why we set our clocks back this November 2nd.
Until California Lawmakers approve of the bill we will be setting our clocks forward on March 8th 2020 and falling back on Sunday November 1st 2020 until further notice.