New Time Zones: Fixing the Current Economic Crisis
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Reduce Time Zones: A solution for the Economic Crisis
We are emerging from a global economic crisis. We need to reduce our time zones in North America as China and India have done in order to increase our competitiveness in the world market place.
The desks of the leaders of all three NAFTA partner countries, including President Barak Obama are piled high with urgent economic issues that need to be fixed and fixed in a hurry.
Facing its greatest deficit of nearly one trillion dollars and a national debt of more than ten trillion dollars, there are concerns that the US is beginning to lose its economic edge.
The credit crunch has weakened or destroyed previously unassailable economic institutions, job losses continue to mount as the housing credit market continues to unravel and the big three North American automobile manufacturers burn cash at unsustainable rates.
Reducing the number of North American time zones.But there is one move that would cost next to nothing yet have a profound positive effect on the economy of all three NAFTA partner countries and particularly the USA and Canada. The simple solution is that all three NAFTA countries can increase their unity, their security and their productivity by reducing the number of North American time zones. A reduction of one single time zone would result in a 100% increase in the overlap of the amount of time spent working by both Americans and Canadian workers across the continent.
While electronic communication via the Internet has greatly enhanced communications across the globe over the past twenty years, it has not and cannot replace real time communication between individuals and private and government agencies and institutions. Governing our countries, responding to emergencies or trading in the stock market requires real time communications which cannot be replaced by email or text messages.
Increasing the synchrony of our existing time zones would enhance communication between both government and non-government organizations and individuals, which has the potential of immeasurably improving our security and our productivity and therefore our economy.
Out of that same workday, a person in a government office in Washington, DC or Ottawa, Ontario has a maximum of two hours and thirty minutes in which to contact a colleague in any office in the Pacific Time Zone excluding standard lunch and coffee breaks!
Slow down Spain!
Competing with China and India
We hear more and more that China and India are beginning to emerge as powerful economic forces in direct competition with the USA. Both countries have greatly consolidated their time zones. China is slightly wider than the contiguous USA and spans four time zones yet it exists on a single time zone! India too has reduced its time zones from two to one.
If China and India can each function on a single time zone, surely we North Americans could modernize our system of keeping time by eliminating one time zone. Public discussion and serious consideration by governments should be given to the proposal: That the contiguous USA (and Canada west of the Atlantic Time Zone) be reduced to three time zones from four.
One Simple, Effective Solution:
Others have suggested reducing the number of time zones by one or two zones, but it is not apparent that before now, anyone has suggested a method which would result in a single hour transition between adjacent time zones from Newfoundland to Hawaii.
Residents living in the New Atlantic, New Eastern and New Central time zones would set their clocks back half an hour from present while those in the New Western, Alaskan and Hawaiian-Aleutian time zones would advance their clocks half an hour. These one half hour adjustments would cause less disruption than the current practice of moving clocks an entire hour twice yearly to accommodate Daylight Saving Time.
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