MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s president on Tuesday introduced a bill to end daylight saving time and end the custom of changing the clocks twice a year.
Health Minister Jorge Alcocer said Mexico should return to “God’s clock,” or standard time, arguing that moving the clock back or forward harms people’s health.
That would mean darkness falls an hour earlier on summer afternoons.
“It is recommended to return to standard time, that is, when the solar clock coincides with the clock of the people, the clock of God,” Alcocer argued.
Mexicans are moving their clocks forward this year on April 3 and are expected to turn them back on October 30. The changes, if approved, would presumably apply to next year.
The change would mean that central Mexican time, which covers most of the country, may be permanently two hours behind the east coast of the United States; it is now an hour behind for most of the year. The U.S. Senate passed a bill to make daylight saving time permanent in March, though the House has not passed the measure.
Economists argue that while energy savings are minimal, going back to standard time could cause problems for Mexico’s financial markets by pushing US East Coast markets that far forward.
López Obrador has said he is considering sticking to daylight saving time for some northern border states.
And businesses like restaurants that have become accustomed to staying open later may have to close earlier, as many criminal Mexicans often try to get off the streets in the dark.
Nearly a dozen states in the US have already standardized daylight saving time.