Reps. Fred Upton (R-MI) and Ed Markey (D-MA) have co-sponsored a measure to extend Daylight Saving Time by 2 months (hat tip: Enviropundit). The alleged benefit is a savings of 10,000 barrels of oil per day.
US oil consumption is about 20 million barrels per day. The alleged benefits amount to one twentieth of one percent. Why are they wasting their time and issuing press releases on what amounts to Trivial Pursuit? Is this what their constitutents sent them to Washington for? Have they nothing better to do?
Those two should withdraw their bill and start over. If they wanted to make a real difference, their bill should require that, by 2010, 50% of all passenger cars and light trucks sold in the USA must be able to travel 20 miles at 55 MPH on electricity alone, no liquid fuel allowed (the Prius Plus program has shown how easy this is to do). This bill should also immediately return depreciation schedules for all business vehicles to normal at the same time... retroactively for all the doctors, lawyers and other people who bought huge trucks as status symbols instead of business necessities. That would do something about our budget deficit too.
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