Daylight Saving Time

Petition

To: The Minnesota Legislature

We, the undersigned, hereby petition the Minnesota Legislature and Governor of Minnesota, Tim Pawlenty, to introduce, support and pass a law to stop the observance of Daylight Saving Time in Minnesota as allowed by the Uniform Time Act of 1966 (15 U.S. Code Section 260a).

We believe the switch to Daylight Saving Time during the summer months is an unnecessary disruption to everyone.s life. It is a detriment to farmers, whose schedule is tied to the daylight. It causes unnecessary stress in captive animals such as pets or livestock that have their feeding schedules changing at seemingly random times.

The change to wake up an hour earlier in the spring affects everyone.s sleep schedule. The loss of an hour can be tied to an increase in accidents due to loss of sleep, not to mention the abrupt change in the amount of light during morning or evening rush hours. For some people with sleep disorders or who are on a strict schedule for medication it can be more than an inconvenience, it can be extremely hard to cope with, and adversely affect one.s health.

One of the main reasons we switch to Daylight Saving Time is to save energy. While it may save households a small amount (about 1%), the majority of indoor offices, factories, warehouses and other facilities all use artificial light and other energy during daylight business hours. This is the bulk of energy usage, and it is unaffected by Daylight Saving Time.

We also believe this is a chance for Minnesota to set an example for other remaining areas in the country to stop this practice as well. It is time to stop falling back!

The petition was submitted to Governor Tim Pawlenty and Representative Barbara Goodwin on March 31, 2005.

A reminder of this petition was sent to Governor Tim Pawlenty and Representative Barbara Goodwin on February 17, 2006.

Letter

Date: Sent Mon, March 12, 2007

To: sen.daniel.sparks.mn, sen.jim.carlson.mn, sen.amy.koch.mn, rep.bill.hilty.mn, rep.kate.knuth.mn

Subject: Daylight Saving Time

Legislators of the State of Minnesota,

I’m writing you as members of the members of Energy, Utilities, Technology and Communications Committee and Business, Industry and Jobs Committee in the Senate and the Energy Finance and Policy Division Committee in the House with regards to the daylight saving time policy in Minnesota.

About a year ago I sent a petition to Governor Pawlenty and former Representative Barbara Goodwin. They thought it was too controversial to discuss this topic at that time. Things have changed in the past year, we’ve adopted a new daylight saving time schedule in this country. This change has showed us that changing the daylight saving time rules is not as disruptive as some people feared.

I would like to ask if any of you would like to author a bill that would stop the changing of clocks due to daylight saving time in Minnesota. The national law, the Uniform Time Act of 1966 (15 U.S. Code Section 260a) allows any local government to elect to observe or not observe daylight saving time as set by the national rules (for instance Indiana and portions of Arizona have elected not to observe daylight saving time).

The switch to daylight saving time during the summer months is an unnecessary disruption to everyone’s life. It is a detriment to farmers, whose schedule is tied to the daylight. It causes unnecessary stress in captive animals such as pets or livestock that have their feeding schedules changing at seemingly (to them) random times.

The change to wake up an hour earlier in the spring affects everyone’s sleep schedule. The loss of an hour can be tied to an increase in accidents due to loss of sleep, not to mention the abrupt change in the amount of light during morning or evening rush hours. For some people with sleep disorders or who are on a strict schedule for medication it can be more than an inconvenience, it can be extremely hard to cope with, and adversely affect one’s health.

One of the main reasons we switch to daylight saving time is to save energy. Recently the national daylight saving time was extended to ‘increase’ energy savings. While I believe this is not the case since the majority of indoor offices, factories, warehouses and other facilities all use artificial light and other energy during daylight business hours. Also, it has no bearing on the consumption of oil, which is not used for electrical production. Oil consumption is where the real energy crisis in this country lies. Changing clocks does not affect the bulk of energy consumption.

It is possible that to stop the changing of the clocks, it is better to be on permanent daylight saving time, rather than switching to central standard time all year. A committee would have to look with the economic implications of being an hour closer to California in the winter and energy implications of extended daylight hours in the winter to decide if all year CST or CDT would be ideal for Minnesota.

Please consider the negative aspects of switching our clocks twice a year, and express interest in authoring a bill to stop it. If any of you are open to the idea, I’d like to schedule a meeting to follow up on this email.

Thanks