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Lethbridge Herald {Newspaper} - 1974-01-23,Lethbridge, Alberta 44-THILETHBRIDOI HIRALD-WcdnMday, Jmuary 23.1»74Macdonald^s DST gamble paid off By VICTOR MACKIE Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA — Energy Minister Donald Macdonald took a gamble earlier this winter when be was being pressed in Parliament to introduce daylight saving Ume as a means of conserving energy. He said there was no point as it would save no energy and would cause greater problems than it solved. The United States government however adopted the opposition position. It announced that DST would be resumed across the border commencing early in the New Year. This brought increased pressure on the energy minister. But he resisted. He was right. The minister admitted at the time that there appeared to be two schools of thought. Those who favored go-injs back to dayli^t saviog as a means of saving energy and those who said it was an impractical suggestion for this country. He decided to accept the arguments of those who said introducing DST in Canada during the winter would burn up additional energy not save it. They contended that Canadians would be going to work in the dark forcing them to turn on their lights early b the day and turning up the heat in their homes earlier as they jumped out of bed-or crawled shivering from under the blankets. Parents disturbed When the United States switched to DST Monday, Jan. 7, this correspondent was in Florida for the Christmas and New Year’s holiday break. The concern of agonizing parents was reflected in the media. Parents were interviewed by the press and on television. They were worried about their kids trooping off to school in the dark, crossing streets through a flow of work-bound traffic, in the dark and waiting for buses in the dark. “This is no way to save energy” screamed a headline in a Florida paper over pictures of children carrying flashlights waiting at a bus stop. School boards were bombarded with requests to schedule classes at a later time so the schools could open in daylight—same schools in the U.S. open at a a.m. and others at 9 a.m. Other schools reported bad traffic jams as parents drove their small children to early morning classes rather than have them make their way through the dim early morning light. “That’s a fine way to save gas,” cemmented one irate motorist bitterly as he was interviewed on nation-wide television. The American government decided to adopt the daylight saving time idea for the winter to save energy on the basis of a report that it would conserve 150,000 barrels of oil per day. Where did that estimate come from? It came from the Rand Institute—the California “think tank” corporation. However after there was an uproar in the press following the introduction of the saving time idea, a spokesman at Rand hurriedly claimed no responsibility for the 150,000 barrels estimate. He said the institute’s actual estimate was 50,000 barrels per day and they weren’t even certain of that figure. An aide to U.S. federal energy czar William Simon told the press that Rand conducted a study for the government and came up with the figures used by Simon and others in testimony before Congress. "They don't know exactly how much oil would be saved,” be said, “but they say the least amount would be 50,000 barrels per day." Asked why Washington was telling the American public that saving time in winter would save 150,000 barrels per day Mr. Simon’s aide said "Well, 1 guess we took the high figure. Nobody knows exactly how much would be saved." He added that the Hand people had suggested oil savings could go as high as three per cent which would amount to the 150,000 barrels. But from liand came the admission that there was no way of really determining how much oil if any would be saved. It was another (Hie of those “guesstimates” which government’s like to latch onto to back up their decisions. Canadians are accustomed to these sort of “guesstimates” at budget time in parliament. Now the Americans are wondering Just why they are getting up in the dark and going to work or school in the dark. But they are stuck with it until the approach of spring brings more and earlier hours of daylight. Meantime Canadians can thank Donald Macdonald that he was not stampeded into the same bad decision when the false cries of an energy shortage were about the land. Columnist’s notebook By Hal Boyle N2W YORK (AP)-Things we could all do without: Merit raises in pay that don't cover higher taxes and food price increases. Invitations to accept another credit card. Wart-free pickles to please the palates of gourmets who find the present kind of warty pickle too homely to be edible. People who insult their pet dogs by giving them such offensive names as Bowser. Towser, Fido or Queenie. The quality of food you usually get served at places which feature topless hatcheck girls. The conversation of professors at faculty open house parties—during which they all agree that the three best things about the academic life are June, July and August. The kind of people who think it is either educational or 'entertaining to invite guests down to the basement to watch their son’s pet snake consume a live mouse. The deafening scratching noise a dull razor blade makes against your chin «lien you shave wiUi a hangover. Being asked by your high school daughter to help nw prove that the square of the hypotenuse of a right-angled triangle ii equal to the sum of the squares of the other two sides. The dieery chatter of chickadees in ice-locked trect when your heart is already weary of winter and aching for a sign of early spring. On days when the streets of home are clogged hy knee-deep snow, looking in the Sunday newspapers at pictures of local city officials escaping the cares of public life by frolicking on a beach in the Bahamas. Falling in love with a girl zoology student whose idea of fun on a picnic is for you to help her catch specimen» for her butterfly collection. Weepy girls at bar lounges who have a run in each stocking to match the one in their mascara. Fat doctors who tell you to wc tch your weight. Employers who like to shrivel the dignity of their employees by bawling them out in front of each otiter. From these and other pestiferous afflictions of mind or body, deliver ua, Amen. RECONSIDERS PLANT MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -General Motors, which had planned to begin production of light trucks at « Memphis fall, says It is re- light trucks at pmt by fall, sj evaluating the idea in the light of declining auto demand. Earl E. 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