In the USA, preparations are being made to cancel the change from summer to winter. In the future there will only be summer time.
The basics in brief
- The United States wants to cancel the time change.
- The Senate voted unanimously to establish permanent daylight saving time.
The Washington Senate voted unanimously on Tuesday (local time) in favor of a “new and permanent Standard Time” bill. According to this, there will only be summer time in the future. Because of the long winter afternoons with daylight, the law is called the “Sunlight Protection Act.”
Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, also known as the Sunshine State, introduced the bill last year. He cited studies that abolishing the time change would bring economic benefits.
In the plenary on Tuesday, Rubio made a direct link between the time change and an increase in “heart attacks and car accidents.” “It is time to break with this tired tradition,” he said before the vote. In consultation with business representatives, Rubio spoke in favor of ending the winter period in November 2023.
The original idea behind the time change was to adapt working hours to daylight in order to save energy. But the change between summer time and winter time has proven to be a problem for many people in terms of health. Critics complain about effects on biorhythm, especially in children.
Will time change soon to end in Europe as well?
An end to the time change in Europe is also being considered. In 2018, the EU Commission proposed canceling the time change for 2019. But since then, member states have not been able to agree on a unified approach. The commission’s proposal is now considered a failure.
In the United States, progression can also be revoked. The House has yet to approve and President Joe Biden has a veto. He has not yet commented on his position on the end-time change.
Unlike Europeans, US citizens are accustomed to different time zones and regulations anyway. Individual regions such as Hawaii, part of Arizona, or the Navajo Native American region do not actually change the hours.
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