This is the last year daylight savings will take place in October. Hence forth it starts earlier and ends later. In an effort to save electricity the US government has passed the Energy Policy Act of 2005 which means a longer period of daylight savings.
Other names considered were the Saudi Prince Ferrari Reduction act, Putting a Hex on Exxon Act and my favorite, Having Fun With Iran Act.
Oh and in case you aren’t aware, the oil companies in fear of having to pay a windfall profits tax have come to a compromise with Republicans and Democrats alike. In an effort to help consumers and the auto industry alike the oil companies will be giving 2 billion dollars in aggregate to households purchasing at least one Hummer in 2007. 😉
Read about the Energy Policy Act of 2005 details here.