Did you know a Boston man wants to adopt Atlantic time for public health reasons. If he succeeds, does this mean Maine will be still be backwards. Tom Emswiler has introduced Bill S-2040 that would study shift away from eastern standard time
CBC News Posted: Dec 10, 2015 6:45 AM AT Last Updated: Dec 10, 2015 6:45 AM AT
A public health advocate in Boston is hoping to give his state an extra hour of daylight the best way he knows how — introducing a bill to adopt the same time zone as the Maritimes.
“I hear your time there is lovely!” said Tom Emswiler while speaking with CBC’s Information Morning Halifax.
With the help of the state’s senator, Emswiler says he’s introduced a bill in Massachusetts’s legislature, called Bill S-2040. If passed, it would commission a study looking at replacing the state’s current eastern standard time with Atlantic standard time.
He says it’s discouraging that in the winter the earliest the sun sets is at 4:11 p.m. But there’s more to it than that, he urges.
“When I looked at the public health research — it really supports sticking with one time because when you change the clocks, you see, especially in the spring, there are a lot of public health issues.”
Trying to avoid giving millions jet lag
Emswiler refers to car accidents, workplace injuries and more heart attacks, “because you’re basically giving millions of people jet lag on the same day.”
“I thought to myself, ‘What time should we pick? Should we pick the one we’re on four months of the year, the standard time? Or should we pick the one we’re on eight months a year — daylight time?’ And it seems to make the most sense to pick the one we’re on most of the time.”
He says introducing a bill asking the time zone be changed would likely be denied outright. It’s why the bill he’s proposed requests more research be done first.
Emswiler recently submitted testimony explaining his position at a hearing where his bill, and several others, were discussed. His ideas have also been talked about in Rhode Island media.
To bolster his pitch, he says the slightly longer days would help keep people and entrepreneurs from moving to sunnier states like California.
“I think that would be one way to help retain and attract young people,” Emswiler said.