Daylight saving time (DST) is a stupid idea. Now some folks in Congress want to stretch that stupidity even farther. A committee in the House just approved a bill to have DST begin a month earlier and end a month later. What’s really weird is that they seem to think they actually have the power to change the laws of nature, one member declaring "The more daylight we have, the less electricity we use."

You cannot make daylight! As for the supposed energy savings, this artificial system doesn’t help much – a government estimate of 10,000 barrels of oil out of the 20 million we suck down every day. Let’s face it. Most of us live in a close-to-24-hour world anyway, so lights are going to be on at one end of the day or the other.

There are many better ideas for saving a whole lot more energy (higher CAFE standards to start) but they take more political guts. However, if this is such a good plan, why not go all the way with it? Start DST three months earlier and end it three months later. That should really save a whole bunch of energy.