Streit Council Board Members Steve H. Hanke and Richard C. Henry Discuss Their Proposal for the Elimination of Times Zones on CNN

In an interview on CNN’s  GPS program with Fareed Zakaria, Steve H. Hanke, Professor of Applied Economics at John Hopkins University, and Richard C. Henry, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at John Hopkins University, argued for the creation of a single time zone spanning the entire planet. They suggested that all clocks be set to Coordinated Universal Time (also known as Greenwich Mean Time).

Coordinated Universal Time (abbreviated to UTC) is the time set at the Prime Meridian, the line of longitude that runs through the Greenwich Observatory; hence it is also known as Greenwich Mean Time. All other time zones are defined by this latitude – for example, the time in New York is UTC -4, or four hours behind the time set at the Greenwich Observatory. The replacement of this system with a single time zone would mean that the time in New York, and everywhere else on the planet, would be the same as it is at the Greenwich Observatory.

Professors Hanke and Henry argue that the removal of time differences between nations would simplify international trade, communications and travel.

Precedent for such reform is found in the airline industry. Since 1972, all pilots have operated using UTC, regardless of where they are on the planet. This reform was implemented because, as Professors Hanke and Henry argue, crossing multiple time zones was deemed to be confounding and disruptive for pilots and airlines. Furthermore, entire countries including the United States previously changed their time zones, and since 2000 at least three countries have done so based on political or economic convenience, with others planning to do so soon. China operates a single time zone across its entire territory, akin in scale to the U.S. or the entire EU.

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