New energy bill provision would give drivers more daylight

| 4/8/2005

Owner-operators across the country could soon have a little more light in their workday.

An amendment to the energy bill – currently in the House Energy and Commerce Committee – would extend U.S. daylight-saving time by two months to help lower energy consumption.

According to Transportation Department estimates, the adjustment would save approximately 10,000 barrels of oil a day. The United States consumes approximately 20 million barrels of oil each day.

Daylight-saving time currently begins at 2 a.m. on the first Sunday of April and ends at 2 a.m. on the last Sunday of October. The amendment would push the beginning date to the first Sunday of March and the last Sunday of November.

The time-change amendment coincides with a bill in the Indiana House, which would put the entire state on daylight-saving time.

Currently, Indiana – which has two separate time zones within its borders – is one of three states, including Arizona and Hawaii, that do not recognize the time change. Seventy-seven Indiana counties in the Eastern time zone do not change their clocks to recognize the time change.

The federal House committee also voted down another amendment to require government investigation into cutting U.S. oil consumption by 1 million barrels a day by 2013.

– By Aaron Ladage, Land Line staff