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Lawmakers move to extend daylight-saving time
Measure part of energy bill

WASHINGTON (AP) -- An agreement was reached Thursday to extend daylight-saving time in an effort to conserve energy, but not to the extent the House approved in April.

House and Senate negotiators on an energy bill agreed to begin daylight-saving time three weeks earlier, on the second Sunday in March, and extend it by one week to the first Sunday in November. The House bill would have added a month in the spring and another in the fall.

According to some senators, farmers complained that a two-month extension could adversely affect livestock, and airline officials said it would have complicated scheduling of international flights.

"We ought to take a hard look at this before we jump into it," said Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, who questioned how much oil savings the extension would produce.

Reps. Edward Markey, D-Massachusetts, and Fred Upton, R-Michigan, agreed to scale back their original proposal, and Senate negotiators accepted the new version, along with a call for a study on how much daylight-saving time actually affects oil consumption.

"The beauty of daylight-saving time is that it just makes everyone feel sunnier," said Markey.

Upton noted that the extension means daylight-saving time will continue through Halloween, adding to safety. "Kids across the nation will soon rejoice," said Upton, because they'll have another hour of daylight trick-or-treating.

Lawmakers said they hoped to complete the energy legislation next week.

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Date: 2005-08-03 01:43 am (UTC)
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what the crap? ugh. I like the ability to trick or treat AT NIGHT. It's freaking HALLOWEEN! Safe trick or treating... try doing what we did as kids, and carry flashlights and glowsticks on your pumpkin thingy.

Pfft. Energy saving my ass, people still leave lights on regardless of time of day.

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Date: 2005-08-03 02:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
And millions of computer systems large and small will be thrown off when this goes into affect. But I'm probably over-reacting. After all, this is America! We invented computers! What could possibly go wrong?

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Date: 2005-08-03 12:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Uh, wow. Until I saw the URL at the bottom, I thought this was an Onion article or something.


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