DST is BS

This is the second year of the extended Daylight Savings Time (DST) , set to change tonight in a few minutes. I think the whole idea is BS. What do we gain? We lose an hour of light in the morning to give people an hour longer evening, which is an hour later start for what I like to do.

Energy savings is touted as a motivating reason today, just as it was in Ben Franklins day and the time that followed. I don’t see where that applies the same at all. In fact a recent study reported in the NY Times suggests that energy use may actually increase when using DST time in the summer. The summer is already challenging for astrophotographers. The shortest nights, warm temperatures, and higher humidity conspire against us. So remind me WTF we are doing this DST for again?