This is my least favorite time of year because sundown at 4-5 p.m. is depressing. I live in Florida and would love to live in 24 hour sunlight!
In the meantime, this is a ridiculous and outdated policy. We no longer live in a primarily agricultural society and I do wonder why the EPA couldn’t be useful for once and lobby against this. Turning lights and electricity on an hour earlier in this size country is wasteful and expensive and I’m no tree-hugger!
My suggestion is to do the reverse: keep the current time during the summer months and move it up during the winter months when the sun goes down early. This whole schedule is ass-backwards because more people are awake and working at 6 p.m. than they are 6 a.m.
It’s not only economical to do it this way but I, for one, relish sunlight as the most effective mood enhancer there is.