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Mexico takes an essential step to eliminate daylight saving time

A woman shows the time in Tamaulipas, Mexico.Christian Serna (DARKROOM)

Mexico has taken this Thursday a fundamental step to end summer time definitively. The deputies of the Chamber have given broad support to the initiative presented last July by the Mexican president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. The Senate will now be in charge of debating the final validation to eliminate a reform that was approved in 1996.

The initiative to eliminate the time change has had ample support from the Lower House: 445 deputies have voted in favor, 33 have presented their abstention and only eight have been against. Summer time has caused controversy in the different governments since its establishment 26 years ago: since 2002, 34 bills have been presented to establish a standard time in the national territory.

If there is a final validation, the change would mean that the mornings in Mexico were brighter and the afternoons darker, as happens in winter. Although the schedule would be common in a large part of the Mexican territory, there are three exceptions: the States of Quintana Roo and Sonora, which would keep their schedules unchanged due to tourist and economic reasons, respectively; and the 33 municipalities of the northern border strip, whose time is synchronized to the southern areas of the United States.

The Lopez Obrador Executive thus obtains substantial support for the initiative presented on July 5. The Ministry of the Interior then presented a survey in which it indicated that 71% of the Mexican population was against the summer schedule.

The deputy of the National Regeneration Movement (Morena), Raquel Bonilla, pointed out moments before the vote that this schedule is an example of a “wrong” copy of the policies of other countries. “Since 1996, with the speech, the day the summer time was implemented is used more, which may have worked in other countries, but not in Mexico,” she added Bonilla.

The initiative has been in constant discussion due to the alleged inefficiency in energy saving and possible health conditions. This argument, in fact, was the one used by the Government at the time of the presentation of the reform. The Secretary of Energy, Rocio Nahle, indicated that “the lack of synchronization with the environment” causes “physical and mental problems in the nervous system.” Government data ensures that, since 1996, the change to summer time has only contributed to 1% of annual energy savings.

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