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Benjamin Franklin first proposed the idea of Daylight Saving Time as a way to maximize the amount of daylight during our waking hours and to cut down on the use of candles.

Now that we’ve done away with both candles and energy guzzling incandescent light bulbs, do we really even save energy with this stupid time change?

Indiana didn’t adopt Daylight Saving Time until 2006, and a study there found that energy consumption actually increased because of the time change. People used their air-conditioners more because sunlight made their homes warmer in the evening, and in the fall, they had to heat their homes more because of the extra darkness in the morning. They also tended to drive more in the evening because of the increased light.

Russia actually canceled Daylight Saving Time for all of its time zones because the “stress and illnesses” on the human biological clocks was too much.

Professor Martin Young of the University of Alabama says on the Monday and Tuesday after the time change, you have a 10% increase in the chance of having a heart attack. A study in the New England Journal of Medicine also found that on the Monday after the time change there is an 8% increase in traffic accidents.

Daylight Saving Time doesn’t save energy, disrupts sleep patterns and increases health risks and accidents. It’s just a cynical ploy by politicians to pretend like they’re doing something to conserve energy without really doing anything.