WASHINGTON – U.S. to develop giant reflective cones to keep the sun up 24/7.
In the last few decades much debate has been given to the notion as to whether or not the ritual of Daylight Savings Time has any value to our contemporary culture.
The act of turning ones clock back an hour was developed during revolutionary times in the U.S. in order to increase the amount of usable sunlight for outdoor work.
Modern day advocates feel that the turning back of time aids in energy consumption and that the extra hour of sun puts a smile on everyone’s face. According to the U.S. Federal Government, daylight savings time is a win, win for everyone.
Rep. Edward J. Markey, Member of the House Natural Resources Committee, said, “We can’t put a price on the happiness an extra hour of sunshine can bring, but we can count the savings. Government analysis has proven that extra sunshine provides more than just smiles.
Daylight Saving Time saves consumers money and also curbs the nation’s energy consumption, which means lower energy bills, less pollution and more reasons to enjoy the outdoors”
And Rep. Fred Upton, Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said, “Between energy conservation, lower bills and fewer traffic accidents, the benefits of extending Daylight Saving Time are many – not to mention the additional hour of sunshine in the evening will help chase away the winter blues.”
But with energy costs continue to rise there has been talk of a way to better utilize the concept of Daylight Savings Time. As a result, the U.S. has begun to develop a plan to launch enormous reflective cones into outer space in order to capture the rays of the sun and reflect them back to the country 24hrs a day in a measure that is being called “It’s Always Sunny in America”.
Markey and Upton who are co-chairing the committee for “It’s Always Sunny in America” have determined that the program could result in total electrical savings of 18.4 tera Watt-hour. This savings represents the reduction of oil usage by 36.4 million barrels and electricity saving in excess of $1 billion.
Both Mexico and Canada are voicing concerns about how this project could affect their cultures. Mexico has voiced concerns about maintaining their tradition of the siesta, an afternoon nap. While Canada is just more concerned about getting a good nights sleep.