MEXICO CITY -- Mexico’s president filed Tuesday a bill to end daylight savings time. This would end the practice of changing clocks twice per year.
Jorge Alcocer, Mexico's Health Secretary, said Mexico should go back to God's clock. He argued that moving clocks forward or back can be harmful to people's health.
This would result in darkness falling an hour earlier during summer afternoons.
Alcocer stated that it was a good idea to go back to standard time. This is when the solar clock coincides to the people's clock and the clock of God.
Mexicans have set their clocks forward this year, on April 3rd, and will reset them on October 30th. If approved, the changes would likely apply to next year.
This would result in central Mexican time being permanently two hours behind the east coast of America. It is currently one hour behind most of the year. Although the bill was passed by the U.S. Senate, it has yet to be passed by the House of Representatives.
Economists claim that while energy savings are small, returning to standard time could cause problems for Mexico's financial markets by moving the U.S. east coast markets further ahead.
President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador stated that he would consider keeping daylight savings for northern border states.
Businesses like restaurants, which have become used to being open late at night, may need to close sooner as many of the crime-prone Mexicans try to avoid the streets at night.
Nearly 12 states in the U.S. have adopted daylight saving time.