Why Doesn’t the U.S. Use the Metric System?


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Why Doesn’t the U.S. Use the Metric System?

The United States Constitution states, inِ Section 8 ofِ Article I, thatِ Congress shallِ haveِ the power toِ “fix theِ standard ofِ weights andِ measures.” Deciding onِ a system toِ regulate howِ the U.S.
measured objects, compared lengths, andِ weighed itselfِ was withoutِ a doubt a high priority forِ the founding members ofِ the country.
adopted theِ British Imperial System ofِ measurement (the oneِ still usedِ inِ the country today).

hasn’t adopted theِ metric system areِ simply time andِ money.
When theِ Industrial Revolution began inِ the country, expensive manufacturing plants becameِ a main source ofِ American jobs andِ consumer products.
Because theِ Imperial System (IS) ofِ measurements wasِ inِ place atِ this time, theِ machinery usedِ inِ these factories wasِ developed toِ size inِ IS units; allِ of theِ workers wereِ trained toِ deal withِ IS units; andِ many products wereِ madeِ to feature IS units.

In modern times, mostِ haveِ accepted a joint unit system—teaching children inِ school bothِ the traditionally usedِ IS system andِ the metric system thatِ mostِ of theِ rest ofِ the world uses.
This isِ why U.S.
measuring sticks, orِ rulers, oftenِ containِ bothِ inches andِ centimeters.
Unfortunately forِ metrics fans, widespread acceptance ofِ joint useِ alsoِ means thatِ there likelyِ will beِ no official phasing outِ ofِ the IS system anytime soon.