April 21, 2014
Gov't tells Macri no clock changes
Argentina will not observe daylight saving time and clocks will not be set back one hour as proposed by Buenos Aires City Mayor Mauricio Macri, the federal planning and public services minister affirmed. “Instead of talking so much about time, what (Mauricio) Macri should do is work more hours,” Julio De Vido said in a statement.
Macri’s plan, according to the minister, would “generate disrupts and greater costs rather than benefits, since it will not be logical to have for instance different time zones in Córdoba and another one in Santiago del Estero,” De Vido explained.
The city mayor had urged President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner to “make use of the law” in order to set a daylight saving time in the East zone involving the provinces of Buenos Aires, Córdoba and Santa Fe, as a suffocating heat wave continues to hit the area leaving hundreds struggling with power outages and water shortages.
An “opportunistic” attempt without any “techincal rigour” was how the Kirchnerite official described Macri’s request.
“Consumption peak does not take during the night anymore but at three o’clock (in the afternoon) , so changing hours would have a negligible impact, even more when there is an unusual heat wave that the Meteorological Service has called the most extensive since 1906, so there are reacords,” De Vido adds in the statement his office has released following Mauricio Macri’s press conference earlier today.