Reading Ed Markey’s news release attacking President Bush’s threatened veto of the anti-energy bill, we recall the Congressman helped push through the earlier start to Daylight Saving Time. Supposedly the extended DST would save lots of energy. Well, did it?
From the 2005 Energy Policy Act, PL109-58:
SEC. 110. DAYLIGHT SAVINGS.
(a) AMENDMENT.—Section 3(a) of the Uniform Time Act of 1966
(15 U.S.C. 260a(a)) is amended—
(1) by striking ‘‘first Sunday of April’’ and inserting ‘‘second
Sunday of March’’; and
(2) by striking ‘‘last Sunday of October’’ and inserting ‘‘first
Sunday of November’’.
(b) EFFECTIVE DATE.—Subsection (a) shall take effect 1 year
after the date of enactment of this Act or March 1, 2007, whichever
(c) REPORT TO CONGRESS.—Not later than 9 months after the
effective date stated in subsection (b), the Secretary shall report
to Congress on the impact of this section on energy consumption
in the United States.
(d) RIGHT TO REVERT.—Congress retains the right to revert
the Daylight Saving Time back to the 2005 time schedules once
the Department study is complete.
The Secretary in this case is the Secretary of Transportation, who overseas time zones in the United States.
Nine months after March 1 is December 1, right? So where’s the report?
UPDATE (7:45 a.m. Monday): Very informed speculation in the comments section by Jack Duffy.
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