April 17, 2014
Macri urges President CFK to announce daylight saving time
While ratifying the federal and local administrations continue to coordinate efforts to assist people suffering power cuts amid stifling temperatures, Buenos Aires City Mayor Mauricio Macri still accused the Kirchnerite administration of failing to control companies’ investments and prevent what he called “a crisis in the electricity distribution” system.
“Today we must worry about the people who are suffering abuses and neglect as a result of the lack of energy and water. This should leave us lessons for the future to know what we have done wrong. But the priority till the heat wave ends is to assist people and have them recover power,” the head of the PRO party said while holding a press conference today.
“We are very critic of how the (national) government has managed the energy system and (the current situation) is the result of a bad policy,” the Mayor added and explained the city administration is “maximizing” all efforts to reach all "16 neighbors" where people are experiencing power outages and water shortages with temperatures reaching record highs over the past two weeks in an unprecedented heat wave.
Scorted by his second-in-command María Eugenia Vidal and Security Minister Guillermo Montenegro, Macri called President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner to “make use of the law” and decide on a daylight saving time for the East Zone that involves the provinces of Buenos Aires, Santa Fe and Córdoba. “It is a concrete proposal that will be useful beyond the crisis and the solidarity that the lack of infrastructure requires from all of us. We all have to have a commitment with climate change and understand that energy is a non-renewable resource,” he said and affirmed the BA City Metropolitan police continues to work along with federal forces to guarantee security in Argentina’s capital.
On Saturday, Mauricio Macri declared the “energy emergency” in the area announcing the creation of a special committee to cope with the situation. The Buenos Aires City government 108 number has been set up to provide people with information while 35 assistance centers have been displayed across the city.