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>> Spring forward, fall back. The twice a year ritual of changing your clocks by an hour might be going out the door.
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least, in the European Union. The EU's announced a proposal to strike daylight savings time from law and instead have any seasonal time change up to the individual governments to decide.
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It means that France, for example, might choose to end the ritual, but Germany, where clock collector
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lives, might decide to keep it. And that would make him happy.>>
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> At first, I was really pleased, I thought it was great. But now I thought it over a bit, and actually, it was fun changing my 365 clocks.
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The other thing is, it meant I dusted them twice all year. And if I don't have to change them anymore, I'll probably never dust them again.>> The EU decided to do this after they conducted a survey that suggested an overwhelming number of Europeans wanted to get rid of the ritual.
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And they downplayed the idea that leaving it to the individual governments could lead to an even more confusing patchwork of time zones. Either way, it could take up to two years to appeal it, if it's repealed at all. They might be joined by California in the meantime, that state is also putting the question of repeal to its own voters during the November midterm elections.
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Critics of daylight savings time say it hasn't brought the significant energy savings and economic benefits it was sold on, and that it actually increases health problems, causes car accidents and reduces worker productivity. It can even put you in prison for longer. A study in the States last year showed that federal judges handed out sentences that were 5% longer on average on the day after the switch.