Summer time will be permanent: what does the bill adopted by the Senate mean?
IIt’s a surreal day for the United States as a bill passed the Senate of a measure that would make Summer time completely permanent across the country. Known as the Sunshine Protection Act, it was a bill passed by the House of Representatives unanimously. However, this bill still needs to pass the House and possibly get that signature from President Joe Biden to be fully approved. If all this happens, it means that we will no longer have a fall back every year. But we need to know what the implications of this eventual bill passed might be for the rest of the world and the United States. Senator Marco Rubio is one of the biggest sponsors of this legislation, but he is not very confident that the House will pass it.
With bipartisan support, this bill includes multiple Republican and Democratic co-sponsors. Here’s what Senator Marco Rubio said about the Senate floor bill: “You’ll see it’s an eclectic collection of members of the United States Senate in favor of what we just did here in Senate, and that’s to pass a bill to make daylight saving time permanent Last weekend we all went through that semi-annual ritual of changing the clock back and forth and the disruptions that come along with it. And you have to wonder after a while why do we keep doing it? If we can get this through, we don’t need to keep doing this stupidity anymore.”
Does a bill like this make a difference to energy savings?
In 1973, this was another experiment the United States decided to undertake as it experimented with full-time daylight saving time during the energy crisis of that decade. The effort didn’t last long as people realized that long dark mornings weren’t as appealing as long dark evenings. To this you can also add the reports of this effort having virtually no impact on energy savings and even increasing gas mileage. But we live in the 21st. Century and people now have their own personal power source through their cell phones. This major technological advancement could prove to be a decisive factor in helping Americans take advantage of the permanence of daylight saving time. Whether people like it or not, this is a historic moment for America.