From The Express:
By MATT DRAKE
18:30, Mon, Sep 3, 2018 | UPDATED: 20:38, Mon, Sep 3, 2018
Jean-Claude Juncker announced that he wanted to overturn the time change in the EU between winter and summer time.
Speaking in the Nigerian capital of Abuja about an online survey by the European Commission on the proposal, Mrs Merkel spoke in favour of the EU time proposal. …
The overwhelming majority of citizens in the EU voted in favour of stopping the changeover in time.
One of my earlier lessons that the respectable press is not always infallible came in 1973, when in response to the energy crisis, Time Magazine editorialized that it was obvious that we should go to year round daylight savings time to save energy. And Congress indeed immediately switched to year round daylight savings in early January 1974.
It was terrible: it was pitch black when you went to school. Then Time editorialized about how stupid Congress had been to get rid of switching, without mentioning that they had been for it just months earlier. Congress abolished year-round daylight savings time in October 1974.
Here in the U.S., after a lot of fiddling over the years, the timing of daylight savings time is pretty close to optimized. So those of us of a technocratic bent haven’t paid much attention to DST in recent years, letting the complainers monopolize the subject.
But, although few remember this, we’ve tried it and it was an immediate flop. But now the idea is coming back in America because who can remember 1974?
Think of it this way: year-round Daylight Saving Time was passed about the same time as the 55 MPH speed limit as part of the spastic hysterical response to the 1973 Energy Crisis. But year-round DST was admitted to be a mistake and gotten rid of about an order of magnitude quicker than the 55 mph speed limit.