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What Year-Round Daylight Saving Time Would Mean

The U.S. Capitol at dusk.

The U.S. Capitol at dusk.

Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg
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“Spring forward, fall back” has been a twice-a-year part of life in the U.S. for over a century, at least for most of the country. It’s a ritual that produces pretty regular grumbling, particularly around the “lost hour” in the spring, when clocks are switched ahead from standard time. The Senate on March 15 unanimously approved a switch to permanent daylight saving time. But the history of the issue both in the U.S. and around the world shows that no approach is likely to make everybody happy.

Daylight saving time -- more popularly miscalled “daylight savings time” -- moves an hour of sunlight from the early morning, when most people who aren’t farmers are in bed, to the evening, when they’re more likely to make use of the extended daylight.