Friday, April 06, 2007

DST Causes Gasoline Surge?

The Moonbat Today has determined that the change of daylight savings time coming three weeks earlier has backfired, causing drivers to use a massive 2.8% more gasoline. Moonbat Today believes that the extra hour of daylight encourages people to go driving more, resulting in increased gasoline usage. "Daylight-saving simply pushes us out of our houses," author Michael Downing reports to the liberal rag. "The extra hour of light at day's end leads people to drive to places, such as golf courses, parks and shopping malls, that they otherwise wouldn't."

No scientific evidence is cited linking a gasoline usage to daylight savings time. Meanwhile, my calculator reports that one hour is 4.2% of a day, not 2.8%.

Wikipedia attributes the relationship to cum hoc ergo propter hoc, "correlation does not imply causation." Other examples of cum hoc ergo propter hoc include,
Since the 1950s, both the atmospheric CO2 level and crime levels have increased sharply.
Hence, atmospheric CO2 causes crime.
Scientific research finds that people who use cannabis have a higher prevalence of psychiatric disorders compared to those who do not.
Personally, I think the increased gasoline usage is related to personal stockpiling resulting from the increased gas prices and tensions around the 2007 Iran hostage crisis.

Meanwhile, the Investor's Daily BS notes the nonsense of global warming politics.

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