Summer Forever as EU Abolishes Spring-Fall Clock Switching: Humorous DST Origin


In an EU survey, people voted overwhelmingly to kill the twice-yearly clock switching routine. The summer clock wins.

CNN reports EU Plans to Abolish Daylight Saving Time and Make Summer Last Forever.

According to Juncker, more than 80% of EU citizens want to abolish daylight saving time and instead remain on the time used during summer instead.

Actually, the percentage was 84%, but 84% of what? Juncker did not say, but the EU provides answers.

Percentage of Voters by Country

Between July 4 and August 16 2018, the European Commission organised a Public Consultation on Daylight Savings Time.

In only three countries did the turnout exceed 1% voters!

Germany: 3.79%, Austria: 2.94%, Luxembourg: 1.78%. Finland was next at 0.96%.

At the bottom end, only 0.2% of UK citizens responded. OK, the UK is leaving the EU.

But only 0.4% of Italians and Romanians voted. The turnout in Spain, Bulgaria, the Netherlands, and Denmark were all under 0.2%.

Overall Turnout

According to EU Demographics, there are 512 million People in the EU in 2018.

There were 4.6 million responses.

That makes the overall turnout less than 1% of the population (0.90% to be more precise).

Summertime All Year

"Many people are contributing to this debate. We did a survey, a public survey. Millions responded and think that in the future we should have summertime all year round. So that's what will happen, said Juncker"

Those living in the Northern countries might not see the sun rise in the winter until 10:00 AM or later. In the summer, the sun will rise at 2:00 AM or so.

Still, it's only an hour. Yet, I can hear mothers screaming, I don't want my kids going to school in the dark.

Daylight Savings Time Origin

Benjamin Franklin proposed daylight savings time in 1784, in a Letter to the Editor of the Paris Journal, when he was living in France.

Franklin describes waking up at 6:00 AM, opening his window, shocked to discover sunlight.

"Your readers, who with me have never seen any signs of sunshine before noon, and seldom regard the astronomical part of the almanac, will be as much astonished as I was, when they hear of his rising so early," wrote Franklin.

Franklin did a calculation of how many candles could be saved if only the sun rose later. He also proposed a tax on shutters, ringing church bells, and firing canons to let people know when the sun was up.

An immense sum! that the city of Paris might save every year, by the economy of using sunshine instead of candles. If it should be said, that people are apt to be obstinately attached to old customs, and that it will be difficult to induce them to rise before noon, consequently my discovery can be of little use; I answer, Nil desperandum [never despair]. I believe all who have common sense, as soon as they have learnt from this paper that it is daylight when the sun rises, will contrive to rise with him; and, to compel the rest, I would propose the following regulations;

First. Let a tax be laid of a louis per window, on every window that is provided with shutters to keep out the light of the sun.

Second. Let the same salutary operation of police be made use of, to prevent our burning candles, that inclined us last winter to be more economical in burning wood; that is, let guards be placed in the shops of the wax and tallow chandlers, and no family be permitted to be supplied with more than one pound of candles per week.

Third. Let guards also be posted to stop all the coaches, &c. that would pass the streets after sunset, except those of physicians, surgeons, and midwives.

Fourth. Every morning, as soon as the sun rises, let all the bells in every church be set ringing; and if that is not sufficient?, let cannon be fired in every street, to wake the sluggards effectually, and make them open their eyes to see their true interest.

Clearly this was a joke. And we live with it today.

The EU solution was "summer" forever. Gotta save those candles.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

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It was also trumpeted as EU democracy in action. Note, they don't ask about even more important stuff. This is a sop thrown to the masses and STILL happens to be a bad policy.

You can't make this cr@p up.


Meh. They copied Arizona.


" soon as they have learnt from this paper that it is daylight when the sun rises..." Sadly, the French never did, witness their 35 hour work week and month-long vacations.


Has the The Ministry of Candles approved this? The public might display their displeasure with this by dumping their chamber pots out the window on unsuspecting refugees.


Europe lies much further north than we tend to assume, New York and Chicago are even with Rome and Madrid. Naturally, summer days are much longer and winters days are much shorter in large parts of northern Europe, at least in comparison to the inhabited parts of North America. I am all in favour of abolishing the switch between summer and winter time, the date of which has been changed several times in recent decades. Children do not adapt readily, and nobody can explain how it "saves daylight". Where I live, when you think about sun screen, 13:40 is when the sun reaches its apogee, instead of 12:00 midday. At the same time, I don't much care whether it is normal time or DST which is adopted. Playing with the clock seems childish and magical. I am a late riser, so my preference for later sunshine is not influencing my "position".


Will this result in more energy demand and co2 emissions if people spend more time economically active in the dark?

Wouldn't it be funny if it made it harder to meet the Paris accord and all because those in charge had no clue of the consequences.


I'm for this. I wonder what Franklin's reaction would have been to the electric light and 24 hour work cycles?

Runner Dan
Runner Dan

The EU bureaucrats can now claim to have lengthened everyone’s life by an hour!


I believe California has a ballot measure in November, to end the switch between standard and daylight time.

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